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Welcome to ARTFARM!

ARTFARM is a non-profit, professional theater organization, based in Middletown, CT.  It was created and is being led by long-time local artistic leaders Dic Wheeler and Marcella Trowbridge.


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Funded by Network of Ensemble Theaters. Video created by Rebecca Cashman.   
DIRECTIONS TO Shakespeare in the Grove 
MIDDLESEX COMMUNITY COLLEGE
100 Training Hill Road, Middletown, CT 06457
Lots of FREE parking. Easy wheelchair access.

First Weekend of Shakespeare in the Grove: A Great Success!

posted Jul 22, 2014, 9:38 AM by ARTFARM info   [ updated Jul 27, 2014, 11:53 AM ]

Final performance of King Lear tonight, Sunday, July 27 
RAIN OR SHINE!
Looks like it's going to be great weather, but we will move indoors if that proves false. Bring your blanket, lawnchair, friends, picnic, bottle of wine and a sweater. 
RANI ARBO and GREG RYAN play music starting at 6, 
King Lear starts at 7.

King Lear
Featuring John Basinger in the title role!
July 17 - 20 & 24 - 27, 2014 
in the Grove at Middlesex Community College.
6 pm Music, 7 pm King Lear
Tickets are $20 for adults or $10 with any valid school I.D.
Senior group rate offered (8 or more) for $12 per ticket

We are pleased to announce our headliner musicians for the second weekend: 
Thursday 7/24 Mixashawn
Friday 7/25 Kate Callahan
Saturday 7/26 Stacy Phillips and Paul Howard Duet
Sunday 7/27 Rani Arbo and Greg Ryan


Expand your King Lear experience with these FREE events: 
  • Friday 7/25 Post Performance Talk-Back with Director and Actors 
(Moderated by MxCC President Anna Wasescha)
  • Saturday 7/26 Live ASL interpreted performance for hearing impaired audience members.









First time Grove? What to expect?
King Lear is performed in a lovely Cedar Grove overlooking the Connecticut River Valley. There is ample free parking on campus, and it is easy to walk or wheelchair to the Grove from either parking lot. Seating is on a grassy hillside, so audience members usually bring blankets or lawn chairs. Arrive around 6 pm and enjoy beautiful live music before the play begins at 7 pm. Bring a picnic and beverages of your choice -- we will be selling Organic Frozen Yogurt from Oryo, but no other food will be available on site. The area closest to the stage is reserved for Groundlings (i.e. Blankets Only), so that folks on blankets don't have their view blocked by people in chairs.
It can breezy and cool up on the hill, so you may want to bring a sweater. 
King Lear runs 2 hours, 45 minutes and there will be one 10 minute intermission. Children are welcome, although there is some gore and partial nudity (and plenty of awesome sword fighting!) 
Tickets can be purchased in advance through the website, or at the door -- cash, check or credit cards are all ok.
See you in the Grove. It's going to be fantastic!

Thanks to our Shakespeare in the Grove Sponsors!

posted Jun 27, 2014, 12:57 PM by ARTFARM info   [ updated Jul 16, 2014, 10:01 AM ]

ARTFARM's Shakespeare in the Grove production of King Lear opens July 17, and we would like to pause in the frenzy to thank our incredible sponsors. 
King Lear would not be possible without the support of:
CT Department of Economic Development/Office of the Arts
Middletown Commission on the Arts
Pratt and Whitney
Middlesex Community College
Community Health Center
Our Shakespeare Slammers and the sponsors who supported them
Many Generous Individual Donors

Poster Design by Jason Leinwand, based on a photo by Lauren Sitz of John Basinger as Lear.

Shakespeare in the Grove 2014 Presents:

posted Jun 9, 2014, 1:39 PM by ARTFARM info   [ updated Jul 23, 2014, 7:32 AM ]


King Lear
Featuring John Basinger in the title role!
July 17 - 20 & 24 - 27, 2014 
in the Grove at Middlesex Community College.
6 pm Music, 7 pm King Lear
Tickets are $20 for adults or $10 with any valid school I.D.
Senior group rate offered (8 or more) for $12 per ticket

We are very excited to be welcoming John to the ARTFARM Ensemble as King Lear. 
He is known locally for his unique performances of Milton's Paradise Lost, and, more recently, his one man version of Lear, The King. He has appeared with many theater companies, including the National Theater of the Deaf and at the O'Neill Center, and has appeared in films as diverse as Children of a Lesser God (with William Hurt, Piper Laurie and Marlee Matlin) to The Wash (with Dr. Dre).

We are also pleased to announce our headlining musicians for this year's performance: 

Thursday 7/24 Mixashawn
Friday 7/25 Kate Callahan
Saturday 7/26 Stacy Phillips and Paul Howard Duet
Sunday 7/27 Rani Arbo and Greg Ryan



Expand your King Lear experience with these FREE events: 
  • Tuesday 7/22 "Going To Extremes In King Lear"a talk by Shakespeare scholar John Klause beginning at 7:00 pm at MxCC.
  • Friday 7/25 Post Performance Talk-Back with Director and Actors 
(Moderated by MxCC President Anna Wasescha)
  • Saturday 7/26 Live ASL interpreted performance for hearing impaired audience members.

Photo below by Lauren Sitz shows 
John Basinger in rehearsal as Lear. 
Hope to see you there!
Photos of sunset by Jonathan Gutierrez


Shakespeare Slam: A Huge Success!

posted Jun 9, 2014, 1:36 PM by ARTFARM info   [ updated Jun 9, 2014, 1:37 PM ]

ARTFARM would like to thank all of the people who made this years Shakespeare Slam and Elizabethan Bash such a huge success! From donated food and silent auction items, to those who garnered funds for their own performances or "raised the stakes" for their favorite acts, it would not have been possible without ALL of your help. We cannot extend our gratitude enough for your continued support and hope to see you back next year! 

New England Trail: Southern Gateway Dedication Event

posted Jun 9, 2014, 12:08 PM by ARTFARM info   [ updated Jun 11, 2014, 8:13 AM ]

    ARTFARM performers were clowning around at the New England Trail Southern Gateway Dedication on June 8th at Chittendon Park in Guilford. The event, hosted by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association, featured musical entertainers, food and fun celebrating the opening of the Southern Gateway of the 215-mile hiking trail that leads from the beautiful Long Island Sound all the way to the MA/NH border. Special guests included State Senator Ed Meyer as well as other environmental leaders from the community.

Circophony

posted May 19, 2014, 9:08 PM by ARTFARM info   [ updated Jun 9, 2014, 9:16 AM ]

Circophony's Circus in Wonderland -- a youth circus collaboration between Oddfellows Playhouse and ARTFARM -- was recently featured on the national youth circus website, www.circus4youth.org. Regional circus reporter Ken Sopelak caught wind of Circus in Wonderland, which opened in January, and came down for the premiere. Since that time, the show has done a second run at Oddfellows, performed at Middlesex Community College, at Killingworth Elementary School's Festival of Art and Science, and will finish its tour with performances for participants in the Children's Circus of Middletown in July. 
Look for a new Circophony show -- and new opportunities for teens to audition -- in the fall!
Here is the link to the great article, with tons of beautiful photographs: Wonderland!


Bread and Puppet visit a great time for all!

posted Nov 11, 2013, 9:44 AM by ARTFARM info   [ updated Nov 11, 2013, 9:44 AM ]

Nine puppeteers from Vermont's Bread and Puppet Theater were with us in Middletown October 24 to 28. This was part two of a two part artistic exchange supported by the Network of Ensemble Theaters. In addition to two shows at Kingswood Oxford School in West Hartford (integrated with ARTFARM Artistic Director Marcella Trowbridge's two week residency at the school), the Puppeteers and ARTFARM led a day-long workshop in Creating New Work at Michael Pestel's Barn on October 27. Below are photos from our visit to Bread and Puppet and their visit to ARTFARM. Thank you Bread and Puppet, Michael Pestel, Kingswood Oxford, Middlesex Community College and everyone else who participated and helped out. What a great visit!
Photo of two buses at Prout Hill Road by Allison McDermott. Photos below of workshop participants and final performance by Rebecca Cashman.

 

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