Before she walks across the stage at commencement on Sunday, May 18, Lindsey Rowland will be focused on another stage, where a play called Rachel’s House will premiere on May 15. During her internship with Wild Goose Creative, she wrote grants, planned and fundraised to bring the play to the stage, and will be serving as the production intern for the run of the show.
Rowland, a theatre and creative writing double major, was introduced to Wild Goose Creative in her theatre history class, taught by Jessie Glover, one of the group’s founders. She was drawn to Wild Goose Creative’s dedication to fostering the exploration and accessibility of art in central Ohio. As an intern there, she became involved with the Rachel’s House project.
Rachel’s House tells the story of the women who have gone through an award-winning and nationally-recognized program by the same name, which provides holistic support for women transitioning back to society from prison.
“In 2012, the organization that supports Rachelʼs House commissioned Scotland-based playwright Nicola McCartney to spend four weeks in conversations with women living at Rachelʼs House and to craft a play from their stories,” said Rowland.
Rachel’s House was the perfect final project for Rowland to tie together her two majors: theatre and creative writing. “Both the Otterbein Theatre and English departments prepared me well for this experience. On the theatre side of things, I was given a thorough understanding of the production process and a passion for seeing live work on stages. With the English Department, I have been given comprehension of words and craft within my focus of playwriting.”
Throughout the experience, Rowland said she has come to realize the power of storytelling and will pursue similar work in the future.
“After graduation, I will be moving overseas as a Christian missionary for a year. While working in my country, it is my goal to also be writing every day about the vast array of people and experiences I will encounter. Rachel’s House has me looking at my work as an artist and human being in a whole new way—to share as many stories as I can with the world through art, the medium that we can all relate to,” she said.
Rachel’s House public performances:
All performances are at 7 p.m. and talkbacks will follow each performance.
May 15 - Gladden Community House, 183 Hawkes Ave., Columbus
May 16 - Columbus Performing Arts Centerʼs Van Fleet Theatre, 549 Franklin Ave.,
May 17 - Wild Goose Creative, 2491 Summit St., Columbus
The production is made possible through support from the Greater Columbus Arts
Council, Compton Construction, Wild Goose Creative, and many generous individuals.
For more information about the play, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
www.facebook.com/tenfiftytheatreproject. For tickets, visit tiny.cc/rachelshousetickets.
Read more about Lindsey.
Read the article on Rachel's House in the Columbus Dispatch.