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. Every summer, ARTFARM brings outdoor Shakespeare to residents in Connecticut and beyond through its signature event, Shakespeare in the Grove. Throughout the year, ARTFARM continues to have touring shows, teaching residencies in local schools and arts centers, and a circus arts training program.


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Shakespeare in the Grove WEATHER REPORT Saturday, July 22, 2017:
As always, it is about 10 degrees cooler up in the Grove than anywhere else in Middletown -- 
the elevation, the breeze and the view make this the best place to be on a hot day!
So pack up your picnic, bring your blanket or lawn chair, and head up to Shakespeare in the Grove!
Hamlet starts at 8 pm. Two final performances!
The audience relaxing, reading their playbills and picnicking at 7:30 pm 
on Friday evening. By showtime, the hillside was full. See you Saturday or Sunday!

Photo by Bill De Kine of Marcella Trowbridge as Hamlet

ARTFARM's Shakespeare in the Grove 2017 presents
directed by Dic Wheeler

  Noah Tuleja*                                            Marcella Trowbridge                                           Callie Beaulieu*

July 12 - 16 & 19 - 23 
at 8 pm 
in the Cedar Grove on the campus of Middlesex Community College.
100 Training Hill Road, Middletown, Connecticut 06457


Poster design by Jason Leinwand

For details about the production, frequently asked questions, and an overview of Special Nights and Events in conjunction with ARTFARM's Hamlet, link to Shakespeare in the Grove 2017.
Hamlet Press Release:

ARTFARM to Present Hamlet as 12th Annual Shakespeare in the Grove at Middlesex Community College


                                          Photo by Bill De Kine of Noah Tuleja as the King, Callie Beaulieu as the Queen,and Jacob Wright as Butler.


MIDDLETOWN, CT- Middletown-based theatre company ARTFARM brings Shakespeare to the Grove at Middlesex Community College for the twelfth year with a groundbreaking production of Hamlet running July 12ththrough July 23rd.


This is not the Hamlet that you read in high school,” said Executive Director Dic Wheeler, who is directing this summer’s production, “This is a fast-paced, contemporary Hamlet which is all about action and reaction in a high-stakes world.”


Wheeler has condensed Shakespeare’s mammoth masterpiece to a swift two-hour cut which utilizes 11 actors.


“With this streamlined cut we’re really getting to the bones of the story,” said Marcella Trowbridge, Artistic Director of Artfarm, “and a lot of that is about taking action in the face of corruption, in the face of an unjust government. And I think that right now it feels resonant. It feels crucial and vital for a play that’s over 400 years old.”


Trowbridge will be taking on the title role. “It’s a tremendous gift to be able to play this role,” she says, “I am certainly not the first woman in history to play Hamlet. There have been some dynamic women who have played Hamlet. It’s a lot to do justice to this. My hope is that as an actor, I bring a sense of emotional accessibility and intuitiveness to Hamlet- who is already very intellectual and reflective.”


Wheeler agrees, “Marcella Trowbridge is a modern Hamlet, a thinker and a fighter in a world where gender identity is in flux.”


The full cast includes Alex Kydd, Peter Loffredo, J. Golden, Nick Perry, Cassandra Spadory, Nathan Tracy, Jacob Harris Wright, Alice Wilkinson, and Equity actors Callie Beaulieu as Queen Gertrude and Noah Tuleja as King Cladius.


Beaulieu returns to Artfarm this year after performing in King Lear in 2014. “I’ve wanted to play Gertrude for years,” she said, “So for me to finally get my hands on her and get to say those lines I’ve wanted to say for a long time has been a great honor.”


Tuleja, a newcomer to Artfarm this year, agrees. “The chance to play Claudius is kind of hard to pass up,” he said, “And this production…really drives more. Not just for Hamlet but for every character it’s very driven.”


Artfarm’s Hamlet will run Wednesday July 12th through Sunday July 16th and Wednesday July 19th through Sunday July 23rd at 8:00pm in the Cedar Grove on the campus of Middlesex Community College. Patrons are encouraged to come early and enjoy a picnic overlooking the Connecticut River Valley before the show.


The cast and crew all look forward to sharing this daring new production of Hamlet with the Connecticut community. When asked what she would tell audiences coming in to see the show, Callie Beaulieu said, “Just be open. Everyone has a preconceived notion of Hamlet. But if it’s still possible to surprise people with this show, this is going to be the version that makes people see it very differently.”


Hamlet runs Wednesday July 12th through Sunday July 23rd at 8:00pm at Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Road, Middletown, CT. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for kids. July 12th is a “Pay-What-You-Can” Preview. For tickets and information, contact ARTFARM at (860) 346-4390email info@art-farm.org, or go to www.art-farm.org.


Shakespeare in the Grove 2017 is made possible by support from the Middletown Commission on the Arts, Pratt & Whitney, and generous donors and businesses. Shakespeare in the Grove is co-sponsored by Middlesex Community College.

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