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Make / Believe


Make / Believe takes audiences on a short walking journey though downtown Graham before arriving at a secret location in which performers will create an immersive theatrical event, probing the value of artistic experiences within a society driven by commercial market forces. Drawing loosely on historical NC commerce traditions such as Tobacco Auctions, Make / Believe playfully imagines the value of a song, a dance, a poem or a story as a commodity to be bid upon, bought, sold and traded. In a series of communal and individual vignettes, Make / Believe ultimately asks audiences to consider the value of artistic experiences in their daily lives, communities and larger society.

The performance is part 1 of a 2-part series on value, art and community to take place in downtown Graham. It continues Culture Mill’s tradition of creating artistic experiences in secret, site-specific locations in order to instil an intriguing sense of adventure in audiences. Make / Believe is Culture Mill’s first production to be held in Graham, and realized with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as a grant from the Alamance Innovation Fund in cooperation with The COOP.


Due to limited space, advance registration required. Starting location will be emailed upon registration.

Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Email for special needs.

Earlier Event: May 11
Trust the Bus: Season 3, Part 1
Later Event: May 17
The Changeling