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Protest, Plays and Planetary Paths

 

Calling Climate Activists, Artists and Everyone who can Imagine a Healthy Planetary Future!

ARTFARM and Oddfellows Playhouse invite you to join us for "Protest, Plays and Planetary Paths" on Saturday, December 7 at 3 pm.

The event will begin at Oddfellows at 3 pm. We will go for a short demonstration/performance on the corner of Washington and Main Streets in Middletown. From there we will walk up the hill a short distance to Oddfellows Playhouse, where we will present staged readings of a few short Climate Action plays and some other examples of activism as performance.

Finally, we'll break into smaller groups for a short brainstorming session about creative activism toward real change on a local and global level.

"Protest, Plays and Planetary Paths" was inspired by a national initiative called "Climate Change Theater Action". For this dozens of theaters across the country are producing plays and creating actions to educate and provoke the population about climate change. The presentation is timed to coincide with the current UN Climate Change Summit in Madrid, and is the day after the National Climate Strike.

The event is free. 

For more information, or to help making signs and other props for the Main Street demonstration, 

contact info@art-farm.org, or call (860) 346-4390.





 

ARTFARM is back in the research laboratory and studio development stage for our next generative work; UMBRA. 
Keep your ears out for any community opportunities.




TERPSICHORE:
The Women's Movement
received rave reviews and performed to sold out audiences.
"This changed my life."
"I couldn't stop crying- except when I was laughing!" 
"I just can't can't believe it. You got it. You really got it."
"...and that woman! with all of the recycling in her clothing...she was stuffing it in and it was exploding out- all of it, this being a woman..."
part of the proceeds were donated to 
New Horizons Domestic Violence Services


Terpsichore was developed from COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & INTERVIEWS EXPLORING   
THE EXPERIENCES OF WOMEN, CULMINATING IN this  
MOVEMENT-BASED WORKSHOP PRODUCTION.

Samantha Sutton, Marcella Trowbridge, Cecelia Mccarthy Reid, Malenky Welsh, 
Summer Northup and Joyce Dilauro in Terpsichore rehearsal


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ARTFARM's New CIRCUS FOR A FRAGILE PLANET

is available to tour!



Interested in bringing this show to your 
school, environmental festival, nature space, kids/family fest?
Contact us!

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 Antigone, Directed by ARTFARM Artistic Director Marcella Trowbridge, received a beautiful response. 
Some unsolicited responses:
ANTIGONE is ExTrAOrdINarY. Beautifully directed!

Gripping, moving, perfectly analogous to us (We the People Ruled by Agent Orange), gorgeous minimal  and flexible stage set and 45-degree-angled-dynamic room, and beautifully acoustically balanced, subtle, minimal sound track, powerful acting, perfect pacing, choreography, and a strong strong sense of group dynamics. 

 a family of actors, auteurs, and Arcturians (who teach that the most important ingredient for thriving in the fifth dimension is: LOVE).

Antigone. She’s going places.  Such classic demeanor, countenance, and a stage presence so finely honed and projected... 
she leaves us breathless!

Antigone was an enormous gift. You are a masterful director. We  who have grown together for years, are now confronting national and global problems together. And I like to think that you, Marcella Trowbridge, in your directing of Sophocles' Antigone, were holding hands across the generations with him and with Brecht and Malina, carrying forward their intents as with a huge banner..

 Antigone is the perfect Greek play for these times. And you were the perfect director.

Thanks. We all resonated with the words...with the Chorus...with the powerful figures of Antigone, Kreon, Ismene and Tiresias. Because of your  careful, passionate directing, every line they delivered was strong, clear, evenly enunciated. The Directors Note in the program said it all: 
in directing Antigone, you used your Craft to speak to the world of Justice, Betrayal and Hope.

Antigone was incredible.  Your Kreon: nasty and hateful, Trump on steroids, convincing both in spoken expression and body language. 
The choreography of the chorus was so well done.                                       
The Elders' ensemble work, their pounding,  masks, and  coordinated movements made our hearts pound. Beautiful production!  



Bodies, Curiosity & Four Walls: 
A FREE Theater Workshop with Toto Kisaku


Saturday October 20, 2018
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Limited Enrollment. Registration Required. Contact info@art-farm.org

ARTFARM Artistic Director, Marcella Trowbridge, is collaborating with Oddfellows Playhouse on a production of ANTIGONE.

                                              Teen actors during the first rehearsal for Antigone


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Artistic Director, Marcella Trowbridge, as Artist in Residence at Wesleyan University, 2018. 
Mixed in America; Race, Religion and Memoir.
photo (and article) by Olivia Drake 


Link to Radio Interview with The Rockfall Foundation on All Things Green: Marcella speaks about ARTFARM, Circus For a Fragile Planet and our Environmental Work

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To see photos by Bill De Kine of ARTFARM's Hamlet productionlink to Shakespeare in the Grove 2017.


Thank you!





 ARTFARM Videos   

Brand new 3 minute promo video for 
Thanks to Lloyd Langevin and Dan Nocera at MxCC for helping to make this happen!
For more info about Little Apple Circus, look HERE or contact info@art-farm.org.  

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