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August 28, 2013

More Produce, and More Summer Theater, From Fable Farm

02-Fable-Farm-Theatre-Seth-Butler-SB-20130818_0409-pressLast summer I had the immense pleasure of attending a "stone soup" dinner and a play, Sea Marks, smack in the middle of tiny Barnard, just a block from the general store and pretty Silver Lake. The vegetable growers and thespians both were from nearby Fable Farm, cofounded by brothers Christopher and Jon Piana. If you missed my story about their enterprise last summer, you can read it here

The creative agrarian entrepreneurs at the charmingly named Fable Farm not only provide local CSA members with veggies; in August, they provide drama. This is courtesy of the New York City actors who spend their summers working on the farm.

It's a lovely experience, sharing a rustic meal and then huddling in front of a makeshift outdoor stage on mismatched seats and hay bales. Were it not for the electric lights illuminating the stage, this rural entertainment would have seemed timeless. 

Since my schedule is not going to allow seeing this year's production, I'm hoping some of you might go instead and report back.

This time, Fable is putting on Crimes of the Heart, a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Beth Henley. The Southern tragicomedy concerns a dysfunctional family, so everyone should be able to relate. Last weekend, two out of three shows sold out, so reservations are advised. Note that the farm dinner is BYOB.

Farm Fresh Dinner Theater with Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley, produced by Fable Theatre, Thursday through Saturday, August 29-31, 7 p.m., at Clark Commons, Barnard. $25. fabletheatre.com 

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