Nevada City resident and former mayor Reinette Senum’s “Alaska Revisited,” now playing at the New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco, received a write-up this week in the San Francisco Chronicle.
“San Francisco-born Reinette Senum is the kind of woman you read about in heroes’ journeys and classic Jack London stories about survival and peril in the wilderness. Senum, whose expeditions have ranged from Mount Kilimanjaro to the Alaskan Gulf, retells her tale of life at the final frontier in ‘Alaska Revisited,’ a one-woman show that chronicles her experience of becoming the first woman to cross Alaska solo while filming the entire journey for National Geographic.
“Since 1994, the show has toured North America and Europe, but the new theatricalized version, directed by New Conservatory Theatre Center’s Andrew Nance, reveals a piece about self-discovery, courage and the kind of epic-scale adventure we rarely encounter. Senum’s journey was initially documented in photography and video – weaving a compelling tale about a 27-year-old woman who traveled with a sled and a rescue dog through subzero temperatures across the frozen Yukon, braving the elements and her own internal demons.
“The story of ‘Alaska Revisited’ highlights the feedback loops people create throughout their lives until long after they are gone. For her, the legacy of the journey has been revealing itself over time. Senum, who was adopted as a baby, initially pegged her 1994 solo winter crossing of Alaska as the proverbial heroine’s journey. It wasn’t until two years after completing her trek, when she found her biological family, that she discovered it was more than that – it was also intergenerational and multidimensional.”
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