Of Farms and Fables



Jennie Hahn, Director
Cory Tamler, Playwright
Claire Guyer, Dramaturge
Gregg Carville, Production Manager
Emily Dixon, Stage Manager
Renee Garcia, Costume Designer
Heather Crocker, Lighting Designer
Seth Asa, Sound Designer
Travis Grant, Puppetry


Wm. H. Jordan Farm

Cape Elizabeth, ME

Broadturn Farm

Scarborough, ME

Benson Farm LLC

Gorham, ME

Advisory Board

Stephanie Gilbert

Maine Dept. of Agriculture
Cheryl Laz

USM Dept. of Sociology
Rebecca Millett

Cape Elizabeth School Board

Tessy Seward


Community Partners

Threshold to Maine


Cape Farm Alliance

Scarborough Land Conservation Trust

Cultivating Community

Maine Farmland Trust


Open Waters Theatre Arts is committed to creating opportunities for dialogue, community, and cultural exchange through the production of theatrical events. Of Farms and Fables combines the efforts of professional and non-professional artists by engaging artists in farm work and farm workers in storytelling and acting.  The result will be an original outdoor performance in Summer 2011 which will engage performers and audience in dialogue about local agriculture, farming, and the future of small family farms in Maine.

Maine is distinctive among US states for having a vibrant organic farming community (including the oldest organic farming association, MOFGA, in the US); an abundance of family-owned farms, many going back generations; a nationally recognized local food cuisine which the New York Times says makes Portland “a destination for rigorously local and regularly delicious food.”  We appear to be reversing a decades long decline, in Maine and nationally, in the number of farms, farm acreage, and farming communities.  At the same time, the pressure to develop our open spaces is tangible, with many of the opinion that this development represents our only viable economic option.  This pressure poses considerable threat to our local farms.

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A collaboration between 
Open Waters Theatre Arts,
Jordan’s Farm, Broadturn Farm,
and Kay-Ben Farm

Recent Press for Of Farms and Fables

Becky Benson, Stacy Brenner, and Penny Jordan

Of Farms and Fables is generously funded in part by the MAP Fund, the Ella Lyman Cabot Trust, the Maine Humanities Council, and by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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