Double Edge Theatre's mission is to create a 'living culture' by developing the highest quality of original theatre performance, based on the long-term imaginative work of the ensemble and other artists and their rich interaction with the communities in which the work takes place, and by cultivating at its home in Ashfield, MA - the Farm - a permanent center of performance, training, research, and cultural exchange. The company’s goal is to elevate the creation and understanding of artistic expression and cultural mutuality between artists and communities, with economic, environmental, and cultural sustainability.
Founded in Boston in 1982 by Stacy Klein, the ensemble applies vigorous physical training and the principle of an artist’s autonomy to create work intimately woven with the community. In 1994, Double Edge moved to a 105-acre former dairy farm in rural Ashfield, MA, to create a sustainable artistic home. Today, the Farm has become an International Center of Living Culture, including performance, international touring and artist collaboration, year-round theatre training, conversations, convenings, greening and farming initiatives, and a popular indoor-outdoor traveling spectacle which takes place alongside the hills, pastures, river, and gardens of the Center. A highlight of 2017 will be the Ashfield Town Spectacle, involving the whole community, a celebration throughout the town inspired by the spirit of Direct Democracy.
Double Edge creates performance cycles based on identity, including the Women's Cycle, the Song Trilogy, the Garden of Intimacy and Desire, and the Chagall Cycle, with its signature Grand Parade, inspired by the life and imagination of Russian-Jewish artist Marc Chagall. The ensemble is currently creating the Latin American Cycle, an exploration of the artistic acts, culture, and magic realism of societies of struggle and dictatorship. This fifth cycle includes Cada Luna Azul, premiered in 2015 in a traveling version at DE’s Farm, and its touring versions in 2016 in Jamaica Plain, MA and Springfield, MA. Double Edge will premiere the indoor performance of the Latin American Cycle, Leonora and Alejandro, la maga y el maestro, in March 2017.