Father’s Day brought in a handful of father/child pairings, including Jonathan Pitts-Wiley and his father, Ricardo. Jonathan came in to ask Ricardo about his experience in the theatre, and how acting has shaped his life. Ricardo founded the Mixed Magic Theatre with his wife, Bernadet, and currently serves as the artistic director. Mixed Magic’s message is, in part, to "create new works and performing arts experiences that bring people together to share their history." The two also talked about their relationship, and what being father and son means to each of them. At the end of the interview, Ricardo told Jonathan that "families need to be on great journeys together, and realize that the leader of the family changes over time."
Another family came in for a surprise Father’s Day interview. David Reville, former Director of StoryCorps, was interviewed by his wife Tina Tryforos and their five year-old son, Eli. Tina considered purchasing David a boat, but figured that a StoryCorps interview would last longer. After a breakfast of over-sized pancakes, Tina and Eli put David in the car and surprised him with a trip to the very airstream he helped design. Tina and Eli interviewd him about some StoryCorps history, but more importantly, about the joys of being a father. David sang the "Long, long time ago song," better known as "American Pie," by Don McLean, which is one of Eli’s favorite lullabyes. Thank you to the Revilles for not only sharing their stories, but also for showing the facilitors great hospitalty in Providence and a great list of fun places to go.
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