Storm Country

a headphone play | by Nick Salvato & Aoise Stratford | Sept 9 – 18

Fridays 4:00 – 6:00 | Saturdays & Sundays 1:00 – 6:00

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Storm Country

Ithaca’s first exploration in the emerging form of “headphone theater,” The Cherry Arts’ Storm Country immerses audiences in a world of voices, music, and environmental sounds as they travel among the ghosts of Ithaca’s West End. Inspired by Tess of the Storm Country, the wildly successful 1909 novel based in Ithaca, Storm Country interweaves the strands of Tess’s melodrama with the hidden histories of the neighborhood where they took place. Along the way, Storm Country explores issues that remain as vital in today’s Ithaca as they are in the novel: finding home and being denied it, trespassing and security, the power of the water to transform and be transformed.

Storm Country will be presented September 9–18. Reservations are at 15-minute intervals, Fridays 4:00–6:00, Saturdays and Sundays 1:00–6:00.


Storm Country involves a walk of about one mile over the course of seventy minutes, punctuated with several stops to sit. The walk begins at the Lookout Point of Erie Barge Canal, at the tip of Ithaca’s Inlet Island (behind the Boatyard Grill) and finishes at 102 Cherry Street. From there it’s about a 15-minute walk back to the origin point. Upon advance request, drives will be available from the end of the walk back to its origin. Audience members who use wheelchairs are encouraged to attend accompanied by a companion. Any audience member with limited mobility or special needs is encouraged to contact The Cherry to discuss the best ways in which to participate. At the end of the ticket reservation process, a questionnaire will allow you to initiate such a discussion or to request a ride back to the start of the walk.
Storm Country starting point
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