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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Calendar > Arts and Culture

Dream on the Farm merges theater and environmentalism

By Isabel Braverman - staff writer

Doug Rogers (The Farmer) and Celeste Crowley welcome audience members to Dream on the Farm with a musical performance.
DAMASCUS, Pa. - Dream on the Farm, the newest live theater experience from Farm Arts Collective, is essentially about life itself.
The site-specific performance ran for five days last week at Willow Wisp Organic Farm in Damascus, Pa.
Adhering to social distancing protocols, audience members were split into small groups and were led around the 30-acre farm where they encountered characters of all kinds.
The Storm Chaser (played by Babe Howard) warned of impending severe weather, the Pigeon (Michael Chojnicki) talked of the birds' many talents.
It all tied in to Mother Nature (played by Tannis Kowalchuk, who also directed) warning the characters, and the audience itself, of an “extinction event.

How will the earth keep on living if humans treat it, and the animals on it, so poorly?
The play sought to answer that question, while informing the audience about the ecology of the land, complete with live music, stilt walking and a shadow play across two acts.
Farm Arts Collective endeavors to bring together arts and agriculture through performance, workshops and events, and indeed, Dream on the Farm did just that.

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