July 2, 2022

ARTFARM announces musical lineup for Shakespeare in the Grove, July 14 -24

ARTFARM, Middletown’s only professional theater company, is celebrating its tenth birthday and the sixth season of Shakespeare in the Grove with the original piece Shakespeare’s Argument.  The piece will be staged July 14 – 17 and 21 – 24 at 7 pm in the beautiful grove overlooking the Connecticut River valley on the campus of Middlesex Community College.

The fast-paced piece features four characters – an Actor, a Professor, a Producer and a Groundling, or audience member — arguing about what makes Shakespeare so special. As the debate heats up they perform scenes, songs and soliloquies from over a dozen Shakespeare plays.

Each performance of Shakespeare’s Argument will be preceded by live music at 6 pm. Audience is encouraged to arrival early and enjoy a picnic in the Grove while enjoying some of the region’s top musical acts. ARTFARM Artistic Director Marcella Trowbridge, who is both directing and acting in Shakespeare’s Argument, has just announced the schedule of musical artists for this season.

“We have a great collection of new and returning musical artists,” says Trowbridge. “Everyone will find something to their taste, and some folks will want to come multiple times simply for the fabulous music. Just be sure to stay for the Shakespeare!”

The trio Sirius Coyote opens the run on July 14 with a program of original, traditional and contemporary World Music. July 15 will feature folk legend Phil Rosenthal, former member of the Seldom Scene, on mandolin, guitar and banjo. On July 16 State Troubador Chuck Costa will deliver original contemporary folk music, and the first weekend will close on July 17 with classical, Spanish and Latin American guitar by Lorena Garay.

Weekend two opens July 21 with the unique Gypsy Jazz-influenced sound of the Vermont-based father-son duo They Might Be Gypsies. July 22 Nancy Tucker returns with her arsenal of poignant and comic original music and storytelling, and The BC3 makes their first appearance in the Grove on July 23. This funky jazz trio features Bill Carbone on drums, Gabe Gordon on keys and Peter Aleksi on guitar. Closing the run on July 24 is Connecticut’s first State Troubador and iconic folk musician and environmentalist Tom Callinan.

This family-friendly Shakespearean Feast will be served at 6 pm on July 14 – 17 and 21 – 24 in the Grove at Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Road, Middletown. Live music starts at 6 pm. Shakespeare’s Argument at 7 pm.

ARTFARM is a non-profit organization, founded in 2001, which cultivates high-quality theater with a commitment to simple living, environmental sustainability and social justice. In addition to its annual Shakespeare productions, ARTFARM’s Circus for a Fragile Planet, a touring environmental educational circus, reaches over 4000 students throughout the northeast every year, and ARTFARM artists teach in schools and after school programs throughout the state.

Shakespeare in the Grove is a pay if you can event. Suggested donation is $20 per person.

Shakespeare in the Grove is co-sponsored by the Humanities and Arts Division of MxCC and is supported by the Middletown Commission on the Arts, the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism and Pratt & Whitney.

For information call (860) 346-4390, email info@art-farm.org or go to www.art-farm.org.