Of Farms and Fables combines the efforts of professional and non-professional artists by engaging artists in farm work and farm workers in storytelling and acting. The result will be an original performance in October of 2011 which will engage performers and audience in dialogue about local agriculture, farming, and the future of small family farms in Maine.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Harvesting Hard (Jennie)

Well, everything is rolling now. 

Rolling into production.  We have moved on from scene work to run larger portions of the play, allowing us to gain a bit more perspective on what our production is shaping up to be.  Most of our cast members are beginning to work without their scripts, freeing their bodies in rehearsals and giving the piece more breathing room.  Seth is bringing more and more sound material into rehearsals, underscoring our work with a parallel life and energy.  We are working more often with an almost complete company, getting to know each other better, beginning to move as a group.  Construction on scenery begins this week.  Posters are going up all around town and throughout the greater Portland area.  Postcards are being mailed.  We’ve begun to think about load-in.  We are excitedly chatting with friends and family who are planning to attend performances, some traveling from a great distance.  We scramble to keep up with the forward momentum, thrilling at the ride.  Hiccups dot our days, temporarily slowing (or increasing?) the pace.  We are harvesting hard.  Flora brings bird feathers to rehearsal and learns her lines faster than I can read them to her.  Emily calls for quiet.  I sing to myself when no one is around, take a quick walk around the building.  People pour into the space, people pour out.  I take a morning moment with my script.  Cory leads a warm-up, then watches and takes notes.  Outside, the weather turns warm then back to cold, and the leaves begin their change.

We are looking for some help.  Would you like to join?
Please contact info@open-waters.org or call (207) 200-6982 if you are interested!  All volunteers will receive two complimentary tickets to the Farms & Fables performance of their choosing.