Summer Spectacular: Double Edge Theatre celebrates 20 years in Ashfield
These photos were taken during a recent rehearsal of "Shahrazad" which is being performed through Aug. 24 by Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield. Purchase photo reprints »
Matthew Glassman, from left, Amanda Miller, Hayley Brown, Jeremy Louise Eaton, and Milena Dabova, in the water, are part of the cast of "Shahrazad." Purchase photo reprints »
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Hannah Jarrell, during a rehearsal of "Shahrazad," performed by Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield. Purchase photo reprints »
To commemorate its 20th anniversary in Ashfield, Double Edge Theatre will re-imagine “Shahrazad, A Tale of Love and Magic” during this year’s annual Summer Spectacle.
The last of two previews is on Thursday, July 17, and performances run July 18 through Aug. 24. All shows are at 8 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, rain or shine.
These performances routinely sell out, so those who are interested in attending should not delay in getting tickets.
The company describes “Shahrazad” as the story of a woman who attempts to transform her world through courage and imagination. The production includes tales that weave together elements of poetry, flying, humor, live music and the visual arts. It also, says the company, demonstrates the triumph of creativity over destruction.
Double Edge Theatre’s productions involve multiple scenes outside that involve the hills, fields, barns, woods and pond of its 100-acre farm.
“Shahrazad” is the recent recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts’ Art Works grant, which supports multidisciplinary work of high artistic quality.
“For me, the parallels between what Shahrazad tried to do with her imagination and stories and what we in the Double Edge Ensemble are trying to do in our own community and hopefully in our world are profound,” says Stacy Klein, founder and artistic director, in a press release. “Our reality often seems bleak and then I wander to the stream, and the other paths of the farm and the performance, and see the astounding stone fountains, mosaics, and paintings of local friends and artists, and dream the possibilities of actors flying under the moon, or in the beautiful sunset, and I feel the power of transformation that is indeed possible in a living culture!”
Tickets: 866-811-4111; www.doubleedgetheatre.org. Adults, $30; students, $27.50; seniors (65 and older), $27.50; children (12 and younger): $25; family package: $100. Family package price applies to families of four, five, or six (family members only). Group rate: $25 for eight or more adults, $20 for eight or more students/seniors. www.doubleedgetheatre.org
Staff photographer Paul Franz has worked for The Recorder since 1988. He can be reached at email@example.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 266. His website is www.franzphoto.com.