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Wed March 27, 2013
Writer creates 'documentary play' based on stories from a shuttered GM plant
It's a familiar Michigan story. In 2008, General Motors decided to shutter a stamping plant in Wyoming - just outside Grand Rapids.
But to Austin Bunn, a new professor of writing at Grand Valley State University, the close of the plant wasn't the end of a story, but a beginning.
For the next four years, Bunn interviewed the workers at the plant about the experience of job loss, displacement and their lives after the close.
From these transcripts he created a documentary play, RUST. It was originally produced at the Actors' Theatre of Grand Rapids.
What you're about to hear is adaptation of the play for radio using local actors.
RUST was co-produced by Austin Bunn and Zak Rosen. Interviews conducted by Austin Bunn and Working Group Theatre. Featured actors include Tracey Walker, Rena Dam, Chris Nye, Wayne Swezey, GF Korreck, Paul Arnold, Fred Stella, and Laurence Drozd.
Listen to the full audio above.