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Friday, October 12, 2018

Share your thoughts on love, water, nature, and loss

Phantom Limb Company

This November, BAM presents Phantom Limb’s new production Falling Out, a theatrical exploration of love, loss, and healing in response to the 2011 tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster. The company is inviting you to participate in the creation of this work, by recording a message in response to the prompts below. Read on for more details, then call (646) 535-7528 to participate.

Welcome to the Memory Telephone, an initiative of Phantom Limb Company.

This special initiative is inspired by an old rotary-dial phone booth set in the outskirts of Otsuchi, Japan, where residents and family members of the countless victims of the 2011 tsunami record thoughts they wish to share with lost loved ones.

This Memory Telephone is an opportunity for audience members to voice their thoughts and feelings on love, water, nature, and loss. Your private expressions will be recorded and become part of an audio archive. They may also be used (without attribution) in a future performance of Falling Out, part of the 2018 BAM Next Wave Festival.

We invite you to choose one of the prompts below. Each two-part prompt will ask you to recite a text excerpt and answer a question. Then, call (646) 535-7528, and after the introductory message, recite the text and share your story.

By calling the phone number, you consent to the recording of your story for use by Phantom Limb Company.

If you would like to opt-out, you can do so by notifying the company in writing at one of the following addresses:
Phantom Limb Company
456 Washington Street 7P
New York, NY 10013

Thank you for sharing your story with us.


1. Please read the following list of endangered species of New York State aloud:
Northern Cricket Frog
Tiger Salamander
Atlantic Hawksbill Sea Turtle
Atlantic Ridley Sea Turtle
Bog Turtle
Leatherback Sea Turtle
Mud Turtle
Queen Snake
Allegheny Woodrat
Blue Whale
Finback Whale
Gray Wolf
Humpback Whale
Indiana Bat
Right Whale

2. Please describe a memory of water.


1. Please read the following list of endangered species of New York State aloud:
Black Rail
Black Tern
Eskimo Curlew
Golden Eagle
Loggerhead Shrike
Peregrine Falcon
Piping Plover
Roseate Tern
Short-eared Owl
Spruce Grouse
American Burying Beetle
Arogos Skipper
Bog Buckmoth
Grizzled Skipper
Hessel’s Hairstreak
Karner Blue Butterfly
Persius Duskywing
Pine Pinion Moth
Regal Fritillary
Tomah Mayfly

2. Please describe someone or something you have lost.


1. Please read the following aloud:
Desperation is growing in the stricken Indonesian city of Palu as residents faced a fifth day with little food or clean drinking water and the official death toll mounted in the wake of Friday's devastating earthquake and tsunami and the grim discovery of 34 bodies, mostly children, in a church recreation hall in south of Palu.

2. What gives you hope?


1. Please read the following aloud:
Two weeks after Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina, the Carolinas continue to deal with the deadly effects of rising floodwaters that swamped entire towns and killed at least 48. Coal ash is likely entering the Cape Fear River in Wilmington, North Carolina, environmentalists said Friday.

Coal ash is one of the largest forms of industrial waste, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency. It contains heavy metals including arsenic, lead and mercury, which can pose serious health risks.

There have been at least two breaches of hog-manure lagoons in North Carolina (home of the world’s largest pork plant) posing additional potential health threats amid the record-setting, still-rising floods that have been unleashed by Hurricane Florence.

2. Please answer aloud: What gives you hope?

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