Double Edge Theatre kicks off summer show

  • Alexandra Osterman and Raphael Sacks dance at the Ashfield Town Spectacle Open Session at Double Edge Theatre's farm in 2017. Contributed image

Staff Writer
Published: 7/25/2019 11:59:43 AM

Strange worlds. Mythic visions. Fantastical adventures. Double Edge Theatre’s annual summertime production “I am the Baron” will have all of that and more — who is Baron Von Munchausen? Is he a hero or a buffoon? Inspired Rudolf Raspe’s 18th-century book “The Surprising Travels and Adventures of Baron Munchausen,” the production is a celebration of the power of stories and storytelling to transform the world, according to a press statement about the show.

This season, the theater on Conway Road is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its move from Boston to its current farm-home in Ashfield. “I am the Baron” marks the theater’s seventeenth summer spectacle. Over the years, the audience has grown from 45 people in 2002 to over 3,000 in 2018, the statement says.

Double Edge Theatre is an artist-run organization and was founded in Boston in 1982. The theatre produces original theatrical performances that are imaginative and creative, the statement says. These include indoor performances and site-specific indoor and outdoor traveling performances both on the farm and on national and international tours.

The theater moved to Ashfield in 1994.

“I am the Baron,” which was written by members of Double Edge Theatre, is directed by Matthew Glassman and Jeremy Louise Eaton. Glassman, who has been with the Ashfield theater for almost 20 years, is a co-artistic director and co-writer of the play. Eaton is design and associate director.

Assisting in the writing and dramaturgy is Trinity College Theatre Professor Mitch Polin. Joining the ensemble will be early-career artists from across the United States and beyond including puppetry artists from Hungary and Poland and youth participants from Springfield’s Public Conservatory of the Arts.

Performances began Wednesday and will be held rain or shine Wednesday through Sunday through Aug. 18. Shows start at 8 p.m. in July and at 7:30 p.m. in August. Tickets and more information can be found at doubleedgetheatre.org. 


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