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A story told over six packages sent to your home

A Breath for Us

Mailings began in February, June, and August, 2021.
$48 per address

 

By Jarrett McCreary and Sara Outing
A WORLD PREMIERE, commissioned by Tiny Dynamite

Honorary Producers Gayle and David Smith
Associate Producer Neurology Associates of the Main Line
Associate Producers Camille and Stuart Burstin

A BREATH FOR US is supported by Venturous Theater Fund of the Tides Foundation

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A Breath for Us is a unique storytelling experience for this moment, told through six packages sent to you by mail. Set in an alternative timeline, A Breath for Us unfolds the relationship of two young Black women, Josie and Ruthy, during the turbulent uprising of the late 1960s. Care packages will arrive to you, addressed to Josie from Ruthy, which will put you at the heart of the story, hearing Ruthy’s experiences on the frontlines of the Civil Rights movement as if you are the most trusted person in her life. Part alternate history, part love story and, throughout, a celebration of Black joy in tumultuous times, A Breath for Us is a deeply moving experience that invites you to get lost in its world.
 
Availability is limited. U.S. addresses only – unfortunately, we cannot accommodate international shipping.

The third round of mailings is underway!
 
  • Mailings will be sent roughly once a week until the conclusion of the story.
  • Packages will vary in size.
  • The experience is immersive. Look out for Tiny Dynamite in the return address to identify packages that are part of the story.
  • Packages will be numbered on the exterior packaging so you know what order to experience them in should they arrive out of their intended order.
  • If you think one of your packages has been lost, please reach out to us here.
  • The story builds upon itself as it goes; we recommend keeping the letters until the experience is complete.
 

Thank you for supporting A Play, a Pie, and a Pint In Place. We look forward to bringing you new stories in new ways until it’s safe to gather in person!

Meet the creators

Sara Outing, writing in a notebook in a denim shirt.

Designer

Sara Outing

Tiny Dynamite audiences know Sara Outing’s delightful and surprising prop and set designs for many of our shows, including The Art of Swimming and The Complete Works of Jane Austen, Abridged.Sara’s work has also been seen at Theatre Horizon, Lantern Theater Company, Bearded Ladies Cabaret, HERE Arts Center NYC, Orbiter 3, 1812, and Act 2 Playhouse. Outing is also a puppet designer and puppeteer, who recently completed a residency with the Black Puppeteer Empowerment Grantee Cohort at Puppet Showplace Theatre.

In Sara’s words: “Theatremakers have a chance right now  everyone has a chance  to untether from normalcy. Despite being confined at home, the internet has expanded our vision. The physical boundaries tying us to a specific venue, or audience, or network of influence, have been nearly erased. We turn instead to the social and moral currents that have always influenced our lives and our work, and that now fully define it. I’m riding that current into whatever comes next.”

 
The playwright in the woods

Playwright

Jarrett McCreary

Jarrett McCreary is playwright and arts educator in the Philadelphia theater community. Journeying through almost every section of theater, from acting to administration, Jarrett has been well versed in what works best for a collective of creators in and out of a script. Jarrett was a part of the 2018/2020 member of the Interact Core Playwrights. His play “The Children of Edgar and Nina” also saw its first professional production with The Neighborhood Theater in Chicago IL, February 2020. His stories are black, they are queer, they are magical, and they are vulnerable, and the hope is to use these plays to dive deep into conversations about human connection.

 

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