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.