Massachusetts
Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Artist
Double Edge Theatre

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. An artist-run organization, Double Edge Theatre 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 Klein, along with Co-Artistic Directors Carlos Uriona, Matthew Glassman, and Jennifer Johnson, and Producing 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 convening, 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 underserved artists; and a design house, with design offices, studios, costume shop, and storage for sets, costumes, and props. A vision of future facilities includes a public archive/gallery, a fully developed farm, and Ohketeau (meaning to plant something, to grow), a meeting space for the voices of Native youth.

Double Edge premiered its most recent indoor performance Leonora and Alejandro: La Maga y el Maestro, directed by Stacy Klein, in March 2018 at Peak Performances at Montclair State University and has presented it twice at the Farm in 2018 and 2019. Inspired by the visual art, writings and life of British-born Mexican artist Leonora Carrington and her mentorship of filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, this surreal performance is steeped in magic and reveals not only the alchemical melding between great seers but also their spiritual tug of war. The performance has been booked for national and international tours from 2020.

Also in 2018, the company created its first Fall Spectacle Leonora's World , inviting the audience to journey through the surreal world of Leonora Carrington's paintings created in the fall landscape 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. This work is also on DE's touring roster and can involve communiy performers.

DE will premiere SUGA in November 2019. The performance is conceived, created, and performed by Travis Coe and directed by Stacy Klein. 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.

Every summer Double Edge creates and performs highly popular original indoor/outdoor traveling spectacles that use the fields, stream, gardens and pond at the Farm. The land is transformed as audiences are transported through a magical world of music, visual arts, puppetry and flight. Over 3000 audience members attend these shows each year.

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I Have Worked With

  • March 2018

    Location: Montclair State University (Montclair, NJ)Date: March 17-25, 2018Activity: Residency and workshop productions of Leonora and Alejandro: La Maga y El Maestro
    Website: https://www.peakperfs.org/

  • May 2016

    Location: Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA
    Date: May 2016
    Activity: Student workshops, community development, large-scale indoor/outdoor performance of A Latin American Spectacle
    Webpage: https://doubleedgetheatre.org/latin-american-spectacle-tour

  • October 2015

    Location: Springfield, MA
    Date: October 29-30, 2015
    Activity: Workshops with local schools, performance of The Grand Parade
    Website: https://www.symphonyhall.com/

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Cariel
Job Title/Position: 
Associate Producer
Fax: 
866-649-0635
Mailing Address: 
948 Conway Road
Ashfield, MA 01330-9772
Physical Address: 
948 Conway Road
Ashfield, MA 01330-9772
Last Name: 
Klein
Phone: 
413-628-0277

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Theater - General
Year Founded: 
1982
Populations Served: 
Adults
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Youth-At-Risk
Languages Available: 
Spanish
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Exhibitions
Performance / Concert / Reading
Professional Development / Training
Residency - Community
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
30
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-County Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Network of Ensemble Theatres
Awards: 
Founder and Artistic Director Stacy Klein received a 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award in Theatre.
NEA Our Town, NEA Art Works, The Trust for Mutual Understanding, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Multi-Arts Production Fund, InRoads/Arts International, TCG, Massachusetts Cultural Council CIP and Cultural Facilities funding.
2006 OTTO award for excellence in international political theatre.
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

Accessibility of Services

Double Edge Theatre welcomes people with disabilities, and is committed to providing accessible programs and facilities.

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
Requirements are dependent on the work that is being presented.
Fee Range Minimum: 
$20,000
Fee Range Maximum: 
$50,000
State of Residence: 
Massachusetts
Minimum Number of Performers: 
6
Maximum Number of Performers: 
25

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Dance
Music
Theater
Visual/Crafts
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults