August Newsletter

Dear Friends,

I hope this communique finds you well! It has been an active summer for Open Flame Theatre, and it’s not over yet…

The spring began with us continuing to develop material for our next performance, The Garden, to premiere at Philadelphia Community Farm in 2020. Over the past year we have been gathering the ensemble that will co-create The Garden, which coalesced this May. There will be 9 brave souls (more info about them forthcoming!) embarking on the journey to create this surrealist trip through an infernal underworld. We have paused our work on this for now, but will resume our work this fall at Soma Studios.

The summer began for us in Disputanta, KY, where we performed The Wastelands alongside excerpts of The Way at Midnight by Mondo Bizarro from New Orleans, and a work-in-progress showing of Ezell, by Clear Creek Creative. Our three companies were in residence on the land stewarded by Clear Creek Creative for 2 weeks, setting the scenes for our outdoor work and connecting with the surrounding community and each other. Our three pieces were shared back to back with meals in-between as part of a beautiful extravaganza we called the Summer Solstice Spectacle. This project was made possible, in part, through an Exchange grant from the Network of Ensemble Theaters’ Travel & Exchange Network (NET/TEN), supported by lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The summer season will close for us the first week of October, when we will perform The Wastelands for what we believe will be the final time! (at least for awhile). After these performances we will begin to immerse ourselves fully into the world of The Garden… so if you haven’t seen The Wastelands yet, or you have a friend/family member who you have been meaning to bring, now is the time!

The Wastelands
Philadelphia Community Farm
599 280th Street, Osceola, WI

Friday October 5th
Saturday October 6th
Sunday October 7th

at 5:30pm

This performance is free and open to the public, but please feel free to bring cash for after when we pass the hat!

We can’t wait to see you there!

At long last, we have an Open Flame website! Check us out here to learn more about our history, read essays about our queer theatre, buy/listen to the music from The Wastelands, and in general stay up to date on what’s going on!

Here is an excerpt from Scene 5 from The Wastelands! This excerpt is from our closing night in Kentucky, featuring performances by Walken Schweigert, Katie Burgess, Matthew Ryan Surline, Sea Thomas, Robert Rorrer, Rainbow Star, and Bethany Cook.

One remaining note, that has been inspiring me, as of late:

“the only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”

                                                                                  -camus

Keep loving, keep fighting!

In mud and blood,

Walken Schweigert
Artistic Director
Open Flame Theatre

Here is a work in progress excerpt from The Garden! Many thanks to the American Composers’ Forum for commissioning The Garden. The hurdy gurdy purchase and subsequent compositions for The Garden are made possible by a grant from the American Composers Forum with funds provided by the Jerome Foundation. This hurdy gurdy was made by George Leverett of Altarwind Hurdy Gurdies!

 

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