Logger of the Pacific Northwest Cycle
Brush Ape June 2011
Sanctuary Stage is producing our Loggers of the Pacific Northwest Cycle, original plays spanning three states that focus on the lives and hardships of loggers and their families. All of the original plays are regionally specific, and each developed through a community-engaged play-making process.
Brush Ape is the first installation of our Logger Cycle and based around the lives of the California logger and their families both past and present. The play will explore the hardships faced by the early loggers and settlers of Northern California and the lives of loggers of subsequent generations. In keeping with the play's focus, the performances will take place in Eureka, California at the Blue Ox Mill Works, an old abandoned and condemned power plant, converted into a lumber company 40 years ago but has since become a historical museum and woodworking shop.
The development of the original play will be in coordination and collaboration with The Blue Ox Millworks, The Ink People Center for the Arts, Four on the Floor, local residents, historians, logging families and local timber companies. This project is not meant to be a platform for political bantering about ethical logging or the effects of logging on our northern forests. We want to capture a glimpse of the history, day-to-day lives and experiences of the men and women who call themselves loggers.