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Farms and Fables project well underway

We've written before about the Open Waters Theatre Arts Of Farms and Fables project, and its founder, Jennie Hahn. If the storytelling adventure, which combines theater, agriculture, the local food movement, and interactive performance, piqued your interest, you can follow its progress at the Farms and Fables blog ("We're growing stories!" the tagline reads).

Love this, from Cory Tamler, the artistic team's playwright:

Everyone's read a quote from one of those writer-types about how all you have to do is let go and then one of your characters will just appear, like a vision, and start talking ("There I was, 37 sleepless nights into slaving over my first draft and making about as much painful progress as an ant on hot asphalt, when I looked up from my typewriter with bleeding eyes and there she was: Madame Bovary, in the flesh! And she dictated the entire thing for me start to finish. I can't take any credit"). But here's the thing: Our characters actually are talking to me. They're all talking to me. And the trick is not how to hear them, but how to actually listen. How to be true to all of the voices and ideas that are coming out, all of the images and impressions they give us -- as well as the ones that Jennie and Claire and Keith and I absorb; and how to sort all of that into something coherent. This job is part medium, part sculptor, part orienteer, part sponge. It's all a very exciting and scary place to start from; but just like an actor has to learn to use stage fright, a playwright has to learn to use the research free-fall. So here's to the coming three months of being a sponge.

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