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"One River Many Stories" a play by Tom Isbell 
Based on a community story-telling project around the St. Louis River.  

The UMD Theatre Department was invited to perform "One River.." at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region V Festival in Des Moines, Iowa in January 2017, Director Isbell wondered if the stories so particular to the St. Louis would speak to wider audiences. Apparently they did. The performance received standing ovations at all four performances, and audience members, whether they knew anything about the St. Louis River or not, reported that the play spoke to them, “because they substituted the rivers from their own lives,” reported Isbell. “We loved that.” In addition, the Theatre Department received four national awards: Outstanding Production of a New Work, Outstanding Director of a New Work, Outstanding Ensemble, and Second Place, the David Mark Cohen Playwriting Award. The awards were presented to Tom Isbell at a national awards ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on April 21, 2017.

WDSE Television: One River Many Stories: Sheila Packa

Documentary: "Last Call for the Mitchell Yards" filmed by the Playlist, WDIO Televison (PBS)

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