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  • Bosnian American Project Update
  • Bosnia Memory Project Statement


Paul Cereghino and Joe Schoen on the Charlie & Debbie show on KMOX!

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Bosnian American Project Story Circles

Update: 11/4/15

We're in the process of conducting small gatherings with some friends in the Bosnian community and THEIR friends in coffee shops, cafe's and on campus to gather the stories that will become a play in April.    Please contact us if you'd like to host a story gathering with your friends - we'd love to meet  you!

If you are part of the Bosnian American community and "came of age" in St. Louis, we want to hear your stories. Please join us for these casual meetings - all are welcome! The stories will be gathered and shaped into an original play, produced in the Bosnian community and as part of Mustard Seed Theatre's 2015-2016 Season. 

To contact the Bosnian American Project please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the Project Coordinator, Leslie Wobbe at 314-719-8059. 


Bosnia Memory Project statement about the massacre in Paris

We are horrified by the massacre in Paris, and we stand in solidarity with the victims and their families. 
In a time marred by terrorism and Islamophobia, we recognize tragic commonalities between the victims of the massacre in Paris and the victims of the genocide in Bosnia-Herzegovina, including the mostly Muslim victims of the massacre in Srebrenica. In both cases, peaceful civilians were killed—and in both cases by extremists espousing an evil mixture of violence and religious bigotry, whether they were Isis terrorists or agents of “ethnic cleansing.” 
As we mourn the victims of the Paris massacre, we also remember the people everywhere who have suffered at the hands of violent extremists, and we renew our commitment to a peaceful society founded upon pluralism, dialogue, and a respect for human rights. 
The world is not divided between those who are Muslim and those who are not, nor is it divided between those who are “Western” and those who are not.  Instead it is divided between those who promote violence and hatred and those who embrace justice and peace, regardless of their nationality or religion.   
Dr. Ben Moore, on behalf of the Bosnia Memory Project at Fontbonne University

Mustardseed Blog

Amy Loui's Thoughts on The Amish Project

by Amy Loui

A one-person show:  an accurate description of The Amish Project but missing the part about one actor playing 7 very different characters. 

My work and growth as an actor has always been grounded in my belief that every role I inhabit deserves to be a genuine human being.  To bring these people to life I have to rely on the words in the script, the guidance of the director, and the interaction with my scene partners.

The Amish Project has not changed that fundamental responsibility but has challenged me to change my approach.  There are no scene partners, only seven distinct individuals on very different paths, all demanding to be real people, not “characters” and certainly not caricatures.  All with their own very real emotions, thoughts, and discoveries—and all happening at once.

As always, it started with the words.  I usually go into rehearsal with my lines well-studied but not necessarily committed to memory.  This allows me to develop the rhythms of each scene as I work with the other actors, allowing each moment to find itself naturally in the give-and-take of active rehearsals.  That’s when the lines learn themselves.  But with this play I knew I had to memorize my lines before beginning rehearsals (Aug. 3). This wasn’t so much about knowing the words as getting to know these seven people in the world of the play. The words were my guide to their world.

This took about two hours a day for two months..  A long time but that allowed me to hear the voices behind the words, and as the personalities emerged I looked for ways to shape their “becoming” by drawing on my own experiences, observations, imagination , suggestions from the director--the normal storehouse of tools actors use to create the inner lives of characters.  The physical process demanded equal time – finding ways to differentiate each character through posture, gait, vocal pitch and resonance, attitude, social class, upbringing, education, life experience, gender, age, and so on.

And now, in the final stages, I allow myself to let go.  Let go of the technical, mindful discoveries I have made for each of these people and see what happens when they are allowed to “be like a bird.”  Now is the time for me to get out of their way, trusting the physical and emotional foundation I’ve built for each of them, and let them take me wherever they fly. 


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