The Sun Valley Playwright’s Residency welcomes for its first resident: Obie Award-winning playwright David Cale.
To kick off his residency, the Library is hosting an outdoor reception to welcome David to Ketchum and to invite the community to view his photography exhibition, “The Smiling Squirrels of Tompkins Square Park.” The exhibit features more than a dozen images taken by Cale near his home in Manhattan. There will also be a Q&A with David about his work, exhibit, and residency project beginning around 5:15 p.m.
Artist Statement: “Shortly after the pandemic began, and we were in a largely stay at home situation, I started to take the short walk from my apartment to Tompkins Square Park, just to get some air. The first time I did this a very bold squirrel approached me. As I eat a lot of almonds, I thought, I wonder if I can take some almonds and feed the squirrels? This became an almost daily ritual, and soon the squirrels became trusting of me, and quite tame. I began to name them and write little stories about them that I posted on Facebook. As they were so at ease with me, I could get very close to them with my iPhone to take photos, sometimes as close as a couple of inches away. I noticed that often while they were eating almonds or walnuts, they seemed to be smiling. Hence this show, my first show of photographs.”
The exhibition premiered in 2021 at The Wild Project Gallery in New York City and will be on display in the Library’s Treehouse throughout the month of October.
We invite the community to join us for this celebration of the inaugural year of the Sun Valley Playwright’s Residency and to visit the exhibition. Appetizers and beverages will be served. Masks are required to visit the exhibition inside the Library’s Treehouse.