HUBBARD HALL CENTER FOR THE ARTS AND EDUCATION PRESENTS
THE THIRD ANNUAL WINTER CARNIVAL OF NEW WORK FEATURING
THE FARMING PLAYS PROJECT
Cambridge, NY – Hubbard Hall’s third annual Winter Carnival of New Work will run January 21 through the 29th and will feature The Farming Plays Project, an ensemble-based new work created in collaboration with hundreds of local public school students and members of the farming community in Washington and Rensselaer counties.
The play, a tapestry of poetry, stories, scenes and monologues culled from approximately 20 hours of interviews and over 50 hours of free workshops in Cambridge, Greenwich and Hoosick Falls Public Schools, will be performed by an ensemble of ten local artists, including members of the farming community.
“Farming is the heart and soul of our region, so we couldn’t truly be community-based without engaging it in some way,” said Hubbard Hall Executive & Artistic Director David Snider. “I hope this piece is just the beginning, and that it helps raise awareness of current issues and appreciation for the extraordinarily difficult work done in our community to feed the world on a daily basis.”
Running approximately 45 minutes, each performance will be accompanied by a post-show discussion about issues found in the play and not found in the play. The cast and creative team will be editing and reworking the piece throughout the run based on audience responses. Audiences have an opportunity to see a piece truly developed over the course of seven public performances.
“From the very beginning of this process, I knew we’d be skimming the surface of this very important discussion in this first year, just given the timing and our capacity,” said Snider. “There are so many people we have yet to interview and hear from and many issues raised but not fleshed out in this first piece. I’ve come to think of The Farming Plays Project as an ongoing, multi-year project. With support, we’d be able to explore and discuss farming for many years to come as a community-based arts center.”
Performances Run: Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm, Saturdays & Sundays at 2:00pm.
Tickets: $10 General Admission/$5 Student per show or $25 General Admission/$10 Student for unlimited attendance.
All tickets are available online at hubbardhall.org or by calling our box office at 518-677-2495 Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am to 5pm or Wednesdays and Fridays 11am to 4pm; performance tickets are also available at-the-door if the show is not sold out. If you cannot attend but would like to continue to support the work of the Hall, please donate or sign up for the e-newsletter at hubbardhall.org, or like and follow us on Facebook.
Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts and Education, located in Cambridge, NY and serving students and adult learners and audiences throughout Washington County, partnered with the Agricultural Stewardship Association (ASA) and worked with hundreds of public school students ages 13-18 throughout Washington and Rensselaer counties to write short plays, scenes and monologues on the themes of contemporary farming, the history of our region and our connection to the land. ASA helped to identify 10-12 farming families to be interviewed as part of the process, to capture oral histories and contemporary accounts on working in the region as a farmer. A selection of these works written with students and families will be produced with professional actors, directors and designers as part of Hubbard Hall’s Winter Carnival of New Work for a regional audience January 21-29, 2017.