Turn the Wash Pot Down First Official Folk Life Play of South Carolina
A Folk Life Play from Union, South Carolina
de Jules Corriere
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TURN THE WASHPOT DOWN is a community performance play that was created several years after Susan Smith drowned her two sons in Union, and the media circus that dimished the town's identity in the aftermath of her horrible crime. The play served as a way for the community to come together again and begin a healing process by sharing their stories and reclaiming a new identity. American Theatre magazine said of this play, "Even if TURN THE WASHPOT DOWN hasn't saved Union's life, it has already saved its soul".
Jules Corriere has written forty plays, written 6 books, edited four books of oral histories, and is currently writing a radio show at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough TN. Her production of Scrap Mettle SOUL's The Whole World Gets Well won the Presidential Points of Light Award and toured in London and Edinburgh. Other playwright credits include "Let My People Go! A Spiritual Journey" which performed at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall; and Turn the Wash Pot Down in Union, S.C., which was featured in People Magazine and named the First Official Folk Life Play of the state. American Theatre magazine said of this play, "Even if Turn the Washpot Down doesn't save Union 's life, it has already saved its soul." She appears in the current edition of Who's Who for her work in the field of Theater Arts and Social Activism