Farms & Fables: A Play About the People Who Bring You Food

The play, Farms & Fables, was developed in collaboration with 3 local farms — Benson Farm, Broadturn Farm, and Jordan Farm — as a way of exploring and increasing awareness of the importance of Maine agriculture. Performances will take place at Camp Ketcha in Scarborough, ME, with a limited run from Thursday to Sunday, October 27–30. Tickets are available in advance through Brown Paper Tickets.

Farms & Fables: A Play About the People Who Bring You Food
Camp Ketcha, 336 Black Point Rd. Scarborough, ME  04074
Performances: Thursday–Sunday, October 27–30 (times vary)
Tickets: $15 or Pay-What-You-Can

In January of 2008, I had a quick chat with Farmer Penny Jordan about the possibility of collaborating on an original play that would explore the topic of Maine’s agriculture. Almost four years later, we are set to open Farms & Fables, written by Cory Tamler, at Camp Ketcha in Scarborough, Maine. Penny helped write the first grant proposal for this project, she was fundamental to the formation of our Advisory Board, and in the summer of 2010, she hosted four artists on her farm as part of the Farms and Fables research process. Now, from October 27-30, you can see her onstage in the role of “Karen,” along with a fantastic cast of farm employees, farm family members, and local actors.

This play was developed through direct collaboration with some of Southern Maine’s most visionary farmers. It explores two predominant challenges that many of our farmers face: that of managing farm transfer between generations, and that of building a new farm business from scratch. Our hope is that this project will generate broad community dialogue around the future of agriculture in Maine.

Preview Performance: Thursday, October 27, 7 pm
Performances: Friday, October 28, 7 pm
Saturday, October 29, 2 pm
Saturday, October 29, 7 pm
Sunday, October 30, 2 pm
Tickets: $15 or Pay-What-You-Can

There are only five performances planned for this unique performance project. This kind of community-specific storytelling, born of the generosity and courage of so many diverse collaborators, cannot be re-created.  It exists now, for our community in this cultural moment. Please make yourself a part of it. Reserve your tickets at Questions? Call (207) 200-6982.

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