This episode features William Webb (1834 – 1868) an African-American Civil War soldier from Connecticut in conversation with Ridgefield's William Webb (1916 – 1991) who started the Ridgefield Chapter of the NAACP and later became the Connecticut president of the organization. Their discussion will raise questions about civil rights, racism, and the voice of African-Americans in our democracy from two distinct worldviews and historical moments in Connecticut and U.S. history. This episode is inspired in part by the work of Kevin Johnson from the Connecticut State Library’s History and Genealogy Unit. Johnson has portrayed and presented on William Webb (1834 - 1868) across the state based on research in the collections of the Connecticut State Library and the Museum of Connecticut History. Other collaborators on the episode include Rodney Moore, a Connecticut actor who has also portrayed Frederick Douglass and William D. Forchion (The Polar Express, The Bronx is Burning) an actor, producer, filmmaker and circus artist based in Brattleboro, VT.
We are thrilled to present Hindsight is, a three-episode podcast series in the radio play genre to be released weekly starting on Monday, October 19. The series will focus on vignette scenes with a range of local and regional historical figures in Connecticut including women’s Suffragist Alice Paul and former NAACP Connecticut Chapter President William Webb. Actors will portray these historical figures, dramatizing social and political issues intensified this year such as voting rights, racism, and fascism through their unique perspectives as citizens from the past. These episodes will be accompanied by two public programs, see below. In addition to the episodes, further digital materials including transcripts, research images, and a teaching guide with accompanying workshop will be made available to educators and parents to use as resources for student learning.
Hindsight is podcast series is produced by Piti Theatre Company. Their mission is to create original performances and community-building events that accelerate local transformation towards joy, sustainability and justice.
Piti Theatre Company will also work with Aldrich Teen Fellows and collaborate with Aldrich educators on developing digital resources for youth and family engagement with topics presented in the podcast series.
This series is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Twenty Twenty.
Generous support for Hindsight is podcast series is provided by the New England Foundation for the Arts and Connecticut Humanities.
Funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.