Photos courtesy of Mark Garvin Photography
People’s Light & Theatre presents the world premiere of Fallow, by Kenneth Lin, running January 11th to February 5th, 2012 on the Steinbright Stage. Jackson Gay directs.
In Fallow, award-winning playwright Kenneth Lin (Intelligence-Slave, Po Boy Tango) explores what holds us to the families we are born into and how we seek new families of our own. Upon discovering a cache of unsent letters, Elizabeth Hayes rushes to rural California on a quest to meet the men who murdered her son, Aaron, a young man who abandoned his Ivy-League pedigree to work as a beekeeper and migrant farm worker. Fallow is a haunting and surprising drama about the love between a mother and son, and their travels through some nearly invisible parts of our country.
“This is the most personal play I’ve ever written. The character of Aaron is based on my own experiences backpacking through China on a Fulbright Scholarship in search of my own identity,” Lin reveals. “Also, as a writer I’m often receiving input from the world and certain things just land. All throughout my life, I can remember hearing tragic stories in the news—a black man who was lynched in Texas, a Latino immigrant in Rhode Island who was beaten. These events deeply affected me and helped to inspire this play.”
In conjunction with the play and its many themes, People’s Light will feature a series of free events to enhance audience members’ experience. The events include a special conversation with Kenneth Lin about the subject of identity, a panel discussion on bees and their impact on our livelihood, and a panel discussion entitled “The Road Not Taken,” featuring members of the community who have taken unusual paths in life.
“Fallow brings up many issues concerning the state of our nation,” Lin continues. “I’m grateful that People’s Light, which is so focused on education and community, will be producing this play.”
Fallow previews on Wednesday, January 11th and Thursday, January 12th at 7:30pm. The play opens on Friday, January 13th at 8pm and runs through February 5th. Audiences are encouraged to join the artists after each Thursday evening performance for a conversation about the production.
Single tickets range in price from $25 – $45. For tickets, call the box office at 610.644.3500. Special discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. For more information or to purchase group tickets, call 610.647.1900 x134 or email email@example.com. Actors, prices, performance dates and times are subject to change. Additional service charges will apply. Contact the box office for more details.
The following events are free, but reservations are requested. For reservations, contact the box office at 610.644.3500 or visit PeoplesLight.org.
Finding One’s Identity: A Conversation with Playwright Kenneth Lin
Sunday, January 15th following the 2pm performance
Join Playwright Kenneth Lin and Dramaturg Elizabeth Pool for a discussion about Fallow and the characters’ struggles with the concept of identity. Lin describes this as his most personal play, following his own journey towards self-discovery. Bring your questions and any stories you might like to share.
To Bee or Not to Bee
Saturday, January 28th at 4:30pm
Have you ever wondered what role bees play in our lives? In Fallow, Aaron grows disheartened as his bees fight for survival. As a new beekeeper, is he doing something wrong? Learn more about these incredible insects and how deeply important they are to our livelihood. You might be surprised! The panel will feature experts on bees, including Master Beekeeper Vincent Aloyo, Ph.D. Director of Data Analysis Amy Wilson will moderate.
The Road Not Taken
Saturday, February 4th at 4:30pm
Meet four seemingly ordinary members of our community who have taken extraordinary paths in their lives, including Carol, a writer who helps victims of sexual slavery, and Michaelanne, a visual artist who directs Community Arts at the Ayuda Community Center in Philadelphia. These inspiring leaders will discuss how they switched from a more traditional life journey to something radically different and deeply meaningful. Producer for Arts Discovery Wendy Bable will moderate.
People’s Light & Theatre is located at 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern, PA 19355. For tickets call 610.644.3500 or visit PeoplesLight.org. Fallow has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative, and by the National Endowment for the Arts.