Past Events

On 9/11, 2014, the Human Rights Advocates of Coos County held a Project Unspeakable reading at the Dolphin Playhouse in Coos Bay, Oregon. Rick Staggenborg tells reporter Tim Novotny of The Coos Bay World that the goal of the project is just to encourage people to speak.

To date, there have been more than 40 readings and performances of Project Unspeakable in communities across the country. Here is a partial list of where they have taken place:

Blacksburg, VA
Redwood, CA
New York, NY (multiple)
Cambridge, MA
​​Shelburne Falls, MA
​​Northampton, MA
​​Leverett, MA
​​Jamaica Plain, MA
​​Seattle, WA
​​Portland, OR
​​Nashville, TN
Columbus, GA
Chicago, IL (multiple)
Lopez Island, WA
​Amherst, MA
Nashville, TN
​​Portland, OR
Waukesha, WI
Amherst, MA
Norfolk, VA (multiple)
St. Petersburg, FL (multiple)
​Lopez Island, WA
Cummington, MA
Wilmington, VT
Brattleboro, VT
Coos Bay, OR
Kennebunk, ME
Portsmouth, NH
Gallup, NM

Some reactions from readers and audience members to readings of the Project Unspeakable script:

 “The conversation afterwards was the best part of the reading. The audience wanted to honestly discuss their thoughts, reservations, etc., and they were excited to have a forum to share.” – Virginia Tech University, VA


“It was a beautiful way to bring all ages and a variety of people, who live in the same city, together to do something constructive — to tell this story that must be told.  Now those readers want to host their own readings in the coming days and months.”  – Brooklyn, NY


“I found myself feeling more and more aghast that this actually happened and was said.” – New York City (from Margot Adler’s Nov. 30, 2013 NPR story in which she interviewed the professional actors after their reading of the “Project Unspeakable” play)


“Excellent, powerful play.  Disturbing.  Great piecing together of quotes about the national security state and the assassinations…great way to enter this history.” – Santa Cruz, CA


“This is a very important project; examining not just JFK’s murder but all four together is especially valuable. The script does this creatively and very well.” – Portland, OR


“We are very glad we did it. There was nobody who didn’t learn at least something new — in some cases mind-blowing waves of ‘unspeakable’ information and perspective. It was also a community-building exercise for the 12 readers and our wider community. We would be very interested in doing future readings.” – Cambridge, MA