An interactive social experiment.
Discipline, community, action, & pride must be experienced to be understood. So Mr. Jones leads his classroom (you & your peers) through a slate of activities on the aforementioned. Dare to find out if you sacrifice small individual freedoms for large collective goals?
Based on a true story, The Wave, reflects a 1967 social experiment that spiraled out of control. Ron Jones & his students (participants of the actual 1967 event) have assisted in this production's 7-year development (last seen in NYC: New Ohio, The Tank, & Bay Street Theatre).
"Kovach is an engaging and agreeable storyteller who holds our interest throughout...“The Wave” makes for thought-provoking Fringe viewing."
-Cincy Enquirer '13
"Kovach commands the stage and his audience with ease."
"Truly interesting... Deftly illustrates how individual freedoms can be abandoned for collective goals."
-Behind the Curtain '13
History to Date
In 1976 Ron Jones wrote a short story based on his own experience at Cubberley High School in Palo Alto, CA 1967. This was adapted into a novel by Todd Strasser (required reading throughout US schools), and shortly after into an "after-school special" film by Norman Lear. Ron Jones performed a storytelling at Cowell Theatre in San Francisco, CA, and a documentary LESSON PLAN by Phillip Neel was created in 2010.
Co-authored by Logan Kovach, The Wave is a culmination from Ron Jones' original short story, live storytellings, and poetry. Our production premiered at the '13 Cincinnati Fringe Festival, and has since performed at NYC: New Ohio Theatre The Tank. Regional: Bay Street Theater, Know Theatre, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, San Diego Fringe Festival, & at high schools across the Mid-west.
Cast, Crew, & Supporters
Logan Kovach- Co-Author/Actor/Producer
Ron Jones- Co-Author
Aaron Rossini- Director
Zach Weeks- Lighting Design
Nathan Leigh- Sound Design & Composition
Kelsey Torstveit- Costume Design
Special Thanks: Nancy Helwig, Charity Farrell, Chris Stewart, Clifton Performance Theatre, and Heather Campbell
Billy Chace- Director, Sound Design
Eric Hedlund- Lighting Design
Zach Gerberick- Media Design
Zach Cieslak- Lighting Operator
Peter Alexander- Stagehand
Brain Zielinski- Image + Poster Design