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Pilot Production


The pilot episode of THE PARK is currently in post-production!

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Pilot Production


The pilot episode of THE PARK is currently in post-production!

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The Park


Stone Soup Theatre Project's new web series THE PARK chronicles the trials and tribulations of a team of outreach workers and their experiences with violence prevention on Chicago's far north side.

Co Creators Adam Hinkle and Travis Williams are preparing to release the pilot episode, continuing a development process that has spanned almost two years.

Stay in the loop.  Follow THE PARK on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

The Park


Stone Soup Theatre Project's new web series THE PARK chronicles the trials and tribulations of a team of outreach workers and their experiences with violence prevention on Chicago's far north side.

Co Creators Adam Hinkle and Travis Williams are preparing to release the pilot episode, continuing a development process that has spanned almost two years.

Stay in the loop.  Follow THE PARK on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

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Adam Hinkle


Adam Hinkle: Co-Creator of THE PARK and STONE SOUP THEATRE PROJECT staff member.

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"The opportunity to tell our story from this perspective is incredibly humbling and we hope to create a piece of work that is relevant, affecting, and keeps the conversation going so that we may find solutions that help those most vulnerable to violence in our communities."

Adam Hinkle


Adam Hinkle: Co-Creator of THE PARK and STONE SOUP THEATRE PROJECT staff member.

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"The opportunity to tell our story from this perspective is incredibly humbling and we hope to create a piece of work that is relevant, affecting, and keeps the conversation going so that we may find solutions that help those most vulnerable to violence in our communities."

ADAM HINKLE

Over the last 4 years, the vast majority of Stone Soup's outreach has been devoted to violence prevention. I was able to build and develop relationships with community organizers and outreach workers that have devoted their lives to this work and were affected by gun and gang violence in some way. The sheer volume of things I learned was extraordinary: the territories of gangs and the subgroups that grew out of them, the historical and systemic factors that caused and continue to perpetuate the problem, and how this discord unfolds on a neighborhood level. What interested me most were the outreach workers on the front lines, trying to develop relationships with high-risk and at-risk individuals. It was a job fraught with the most polarizing of ups and downs. One day, a peace treaty could be reached between conflicting groups and the next, they could be organizing a vigil for a fallen client.

To make matters worse, these workers were fractured in their own ways, having been involved in various gangs themselves in their youth. Their backgrounds that made them uniquely qualified to do this work simultaneously carried a great deal of baggage, all while being tasked with keeping a large number of clients out of trouble. They were completely invested in them which made these jobs hurt so much more when things went wrong. 

During this time, I was challenged by Artistic Director Whitney Jones and Managing Director Alexandra Keels to develop a project that blended aspects of our art and outreach. After much time and consideration, I felt we needed to have a medium that was conducive to telling an ongoing story. Then it hit me: a web series. 

I started developing the series from June to September 2014 with Acting Studio Chicago, then proceeded to bring Travis aboard as co-writer in December 2014, as I was a great admirer of his theatrical works. I conducted more in-depth, boots-on-the-ground research with violence prevention specialists to further explore this world. Travis and I together worked for months after that, discussing the research and initial episodes I developed, and he took all of that initial work and completed an exceptional draft of the first season that we are incredibly excited about. 

The opportunity to tell our story from this perspective is incredibly humbling and we hope to create a piece of work that is relevant, affecting, and keeps the conversation going so that we may find solutions that help those most vulnerable to violence in our communities.

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Travis Williams


Travis Williams - Co Creator and Screenwriter of THE PARK

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Chris Patterson’s Story in 21: THE EPITOME OF PERSEVERENCE is the driving force behind the inspiration of the entire first season of “The Park”. Collaborating with Adam on this project has been an experience of pure creative freedom, that is always being directed back to finding the truth of what it is we are trying to convey with this series.

We’re not providing any kind of suggestive solution to the violence of Chicago with this web series.

We’re providing the other angle which you don’t see in news highlights… Stories of how good people find themselves immersed in bad situations, and creating a humanistic identity to a problem that has numbed this major city in America.

Travis Williams


Travis Williams - Co Creator and Screenwriter of THE PARK

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Chris Patterson’s Story in 21: THE EPITOME OF PERSEVERENCE is the driving force behind the inspiration of the entire first season of “The Park”. Collaborating with Adam on this project has been an experience of pure creative freedom, that is always being directed back to finding the truth of what it is we are trying to convey with this series.

We’re not providing any kind of suggestive solution to the violence of Chicago with this web series.

We’re providing the other angle which you don’t see in news highlights… Stories of how good people find themselves immersed in bad situations, and creating a humanistic identity to a problem that has numbed this major city in America.

TRAVIS WILLIAMS

Adam Hinkle of Stone Soup Theatre Project asked me to write and co-create “The Park” in 2015 after he’d seen my ten minute play “Chicago Collage” at Chicago Dramatists. “Chicago Collage” is a story of three south side youths creating a memorial on a street corner where their friend/brother was shot and killed.  Adam had been volunteering with the group ONE Northside on the north side of town and introduced his idea for an original web series inspired by true events of violence prevention experts working around the clock to counter violence in Chicago. Adam thought my dialogue and character development could provide a realistic portrayal of the story he wanted to tell. 

I was honored that Adam considered me capable of a project of such magnitude. Upon our first meeting, when Adam shared his source material and concepts for the first season, and seeing the narrative scope he wanted to create for the series, made me agree to collaborate. I was compelled by the organizers’ commitment to saving lives and also the tragedies they encounter, and yet through those tragedies they continue to persevere to better their community and city. I was fortunate to meet and interview Chris Patterson, author of “21: The Epitome of Perseverance”. His insights to violence in Chicago made writing this script possible.

Chris’ story is the driving force behind the inspiration of the entire first season of “The Park”. Collaborating with Adam on this project has been an experience of pure creative freedom, that is always being directed back to finding the truth of what it is we are trying to convey with this series. We’re not providing any kind of suggestive solution to the violence of Chicago with this web series. We’re providing the other angle which you don’t see in news highlights… Stories of how good people find themselves immersed in bad situations, and creating a humanistic identity to a problem that has numbed this major city in America.