Art + Living Culture + Art Justice = Double Edge Theatre
an art / community / cultural collective
Our Vision is to prioritize imagination in times of creative, emotional, spiritual, and polictical uncertainty.
Our Mission is a journey that holds space for authenticity, interaction, identity for whoever is seeking creative, emotional, spiritual, and political clarity.
Our Art (performance / visual / multi-media) is grounded in a rigorous ensemble aesthetic unfolded in dream, imagery, metaphor, mystery, and symbolism.
Our Work (cultural / economic / organizational / personal / political) is created and sustained within an open, honest, meaningful, relevant shared experience. We call this 'Living Culture.'
Our Dedication is to face isolation and erasure; to face despair and pain that can translate into personal incapacity and political paralysis. To uplift. We call this 'Art Justice.'
Double Edge Theatre, an artist-run organization, was founded in Boston in 1982 by Stacy Klein as a feminist ensemble and laboratory of actors’ creative process. The Double Edge Ensemble, led by Artistic Director Klein, along with Co-Artistic Directors Carlos Uriona, Jennifer Johnson, and Producing Executive Director Adam Bright, creates original theatrical performances that are imaginative, imagistic, and visceral. These include indoor performances and site-specific indoor/outdoor traveling spectacles both of which are developed with collaborating visual and music artists through a long-term process and presented on the Farm and on national and international tours. In 1994, Double Edge moved from Boston to a 105-acre former dairy farm in rural Ashfield, MA, to create a sustainable artistic home. Today, the Farm is an International Center of Living Culture and Art Justice, a base for the Ensemble’s extensive international touring and community spectacles, with year-round theatre training, performance exchange, conversations and convenings, greening and sustainable farming initiatives. DE facilities include two performance and training spaces, production facilities, offices, archives, music room, and 5 outdoor performance areas, as well as an animal barn, vegetable gardens, and two additional properties: housing in the center of town for resident artists and DE’s Artist Studio, giving primacy to African American and Latinx artists; and a design house, with design offices, studios, costume shop, and storage for sets, costumes, and props.
Currently tourable works include
- Leonora, la maga y la maestra, Inspired by the visual art, writings and life of British-born Mexican artist Leonora Carrington and her mentorship of a long line of male artists, this surreal performance unfolds an encounter between Leonora and Adán (everyman) and portrays the magic, mystery, and humanity found in Carrington’s work.
- Leonora’s World is a Living Art Spectacle that invites the audience to journey through the mysterious, magical, whimsical paintings of Leonora Carrington. Leonora's paintings are brought to life in the fields, gardens, stream, and pond of Double Edge's Farm Center. Saturated in the colors of Fall, a golden field becomes a winding labyrinth, a Wheel of Fortune spins the waters of the stream, and luminous characters wander through hidden interiors in the landscape. The performance includes an indoor vision of Carrington's boundless painting The House Opposite in song and setting, and then travels into a moonlit discovery of dimensions moving from ancient terrain to the arctic.
- SUGA is conceived, created, and performed by Travis Coe and directed by Stacy Klein. Travis, a DE Ensemble Artist, began working on SUGA in 2016 as he explored the Afro-Caribbean/Latinx history of his family, and their native lands spanning Belize, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico. Klein, DE’s Founder and Artistic Director, watched some of Travis’ early creative process and began working in dialogue together with Travis to develop the material and create this performance. It is an investigation of freedom, and the bounds—personal, artistic, societal, and political—one must break through to achieve that end. As a caretaker of a museum of memory, Coe touches/reveals/remixes all the aspects of himself—as Queer, Black, Latino, and American, to find the path to sing, fly, run - toward Freedom.
For almost twenty years, Double Edge has produced our annual Summer Spectacle, a traveling performance that leads the audience on a journey through the fields, gardens and transformed barn spaces of our fertile, blooming center. The Spectacles imagine myths and stories from throughout time and place using powerful imagery, poetry, flight and song. They are created by the DE Ensemble with collaborating artists and craftspeople from our local community and from around the world, and also include emerging artists and youth. Double Edge tours the Spectacles nationally and internationally, re-creating them with urban and rural communities at each site.