There’s a report in this week’s Portland Phoenix about the Of Farms and Fables collaborative effort between farmers and theater to “foster a civic conversation about local agriculture, farming, and the future of small family farms in Maine.”
Over 12 weeks starting in May, Open Waters will bring three artists to three Maine farms — Wm. H. Jordan Farm of Cape Elizabeth, Broadturn Farm of Scarborough, and Benson Farm of Gorham — for residencies that will engage artists in farm work and farm workers in acting and storytelling. The cultural exchange will culminate in the summer of 2011 with an outdoor performance by both theater artists and farm workers, which will draw its audience into a conversation about our land, agriculture and food, those so basic and so sublime elements of how we live.
For those of you looking for a food/theater fix now check out this month’s “psychogeographic dinner theater” taking place at The Whitney Art Works.