Kathleen Chalfant and George Bartenieff perform live this May in Blue Valiant
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"A pioneering and brave effort by playwright and director Karen Malpede to use theater to explore the clashing passions around human-driven global warming and our fossil fuel fixation."
- Andrew Revkin for The New York Times (in regards to Extreme Whether)

"It's a grand vision, born of catastrophe, but with the possibility of triumph."
- Elenor Bader for The Indypendent (in regards to Other than We)

"Karen Malpede imagines a better world."
- Brad Rothbart interviews Karen Malpede for American Theatre Magazine (in regards to The Bee Keeper's Daughter)


in association with Farm Arts Collective

Proudly Presents the World Premiere of


"Horses lend us the wings we lack." - Pam Brown

Written and directed by KAREN MALPEDE




MAY 29 & 30, 2021



THEATER THREE COLLABORATIVE, in association with Farm Arts Collective, is pleased to announce the world premiere production of Karen Malpede's BLUE VALIANT. Directed by Malpede and starring George Bartenieff (The Whole World Over, Fiddler on the Roof, and Merchant of Venice) and Kathleen Chalfant (Angels in America, Racing Demon, Dance With Me), BLUE VALIANT will play two LIVE performances only at Farm Arts Collective (38 Hickory Ln, Damascus, PA 18415). Performances are Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 and available at FarmArts.org. Journalists are invited to both performances.

Sometimes, great loss challenges us to respond in unexpected ways. The World Premiere of BLUE VALIANT is the story of a wild, untamable horse, and the woman, Hannah Doyle, who risks her own life to discover the horse's secret, the wily stable owner, Sam Brown, who teaches through taunts, and Maya Zelaya, a young refugee. Each has lost what they loved the most and must find the way to heal.

The play was written especially for the talents of four-time Obie winner, Kathleen Chalfant as Hannah Doyle and four-time Obie winner, Drama Desk, Phillie winner George Bartenieff (co-founded Theater Three Collaborative, and he co-founded Theater for the New City), as Sam Brown and introducing Millie Ortiz as Maya. The horse will be played as a live piano score by Theater Three Collaborative resident composer, Arthur Rosen represented by stunning visuals by horse photographer, Ellen Lynch.

Malpede is author/director of 22 plays, grew up in the Midwest riding, training, and being trained by horses and as an adult has ridden Arabians in the Sahara Desert and thoroughbreds in Surrey, UK. McKnight National Playwrights', NYFA & Vogelstein fellow.

Costume design by Sally Ann Parsons, and lighting design by Tony Giovannetti. Arthur Rosen is the sound designer and Marjorie Horne is the stage manager. Production consulting by Evangeline Morphos, casting by Stuart Howard, and Publicity by Katie Rosin/Kampfire PR.

BLUE VALIANT is being presented in association with Farm Arts Collective, Tannis Kowalchuk, artistic director, an agricultural center for farming, art, food, and ecology.

BLUE VALIANT will play two performances only:

Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30 at 7:30 pm.

Tickets are $25 and available at FarmArts.org.

Running Time: 1:45

Website: FarmArts.org

Farm Arts Collective 38 Hickory Ln, Damascus, PA 18415

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GEORGE BARTENIEFF (Sam Brown) legendary actor-producer of new plays, began his career at age 14 on Broadway in The Whole World Over, directed by Harold Clurman with Uta Hagen and Herbert Bergoff, and in the summer of 2019 he played the lead in that same play at HB Studios. He was co-founder and co-artistic director of Theater for the New City where for 24 years he produced over 400 new American plays by Sam Shepard (Pulitzer for Buried Child), Irene Fornes (Conduct of Life, Mud, The Danube), and many other writers. In 1992-94, he organized six theaters nationwide to stage annual eco-theater festivals, creating and sharing new work. In 1995, he co-founded Theater Three Collaborative and has created and acted leading roles in eleven collaborations of new plays by Karen Malpede, including his acclaimed Uncle in Extreme Whether, and Victor Klemperer in I Will Bear Witness, which he toured to London, Austria, and Germany, after premiering at Classic Stage and Theater J. He has created leading roles in seminal productions: under the direction of Alan Schneider, he played the lead roles back-to-back in Krapp's Last Tape & Zoo Story in the 1965 revival; he was in the original productions of The Brig and Dead End Kids, and in 12 productions at Joe Papp's Public Theater. Recently, he appeared on Broadway in Fiddler on the Roof with Harvey Fierstein, and Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino, and at the NYSF as Cadmus in The Bacchae. Four Obie Awards for Lifetime Achievement, Acting, and Producing, Drama Desk, Philly.

KATHLEEN CHALFANT (Hannah Doyle) BROADWAY: Angels in America (Tony and Drama Desk nom.), Racing Demon, Dance With Me. OFF-BROADWAY: A Woman of the World, Wit (Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Connecticut Critics Circle, Obie Awards), For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday, A Walk in the Woods (Drama Desk nom.), Tales from Red Vienna, Miss Ovington & Dr. Dubois, Talking Heads (Obie Award), Dead Man's Cell Phone, Nine Armenians (Drama Desk nomination), Henry V (Callaway Award). OTHER NY CREDITS: The Vagina Monologues, Iphigenia and Other Daughters, Endgame, Sister Mary Ignatius..., The Investigation of the Murder in El Salvador. FILM: Isn't it Delicious?, R.I.P.D., The Bath, In Bed With Ulysses, Lillian, Duplicity, The People Speak, Lackawanna Blues, Perfect Stranger, Dark Water, Kinsey, Laramie Project, Random Hearts, A Price Below Rubies, Murder and Murder. SELECT TELEVISION Recurring on "The Affair," "The Strain," "The Americans," "House of Cards," "Rescue Me," "The Book of Daniel," "The Guardian," "Law and Order" "One Life to Live"; "Madam Secretary," "High Maintenance," "Elementary," "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight" (HBO), "Georgia O'Keeffe" (Lifetime), "Voices from the White House" (PBS). AWARDS: 1996 OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence, 2004 Lortel Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance, 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the League of Professional Women. 2018 OBIE Award for Lifetime Achievement. She has received the Drama League and Sidney Kingsley Awards for her body of work and holds an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from Cooper Union.

TONY GIOVANNETTI (Lighting Designer) has designed lights for all TTC production since 1995, including the premier of I Will Bear Witness at Classic Stage Company; he joined us in Paris for our performances of Extreme Whether at ARTCop21 where he solved a variety of design problems. He has designed many productions for Meredith Monk, Lee Nagrin and others, working inside and at sight specific locations outside. He was head of the electrics department at the Metropolitan Opera and has designed lighting for numerous outdoor summer concerts. Bessie Award winner for lighting design.

ELLEN LYNCH (photographer) was born and raised in Western New York and began her career as a graphic designer in New York City. Having earned acclaim in her field, she was called back to the natural world, relocating to the Teton Mountains where the natural wonders of the American West nurtured both her passion for photography and for horses. Today, while maintaining her ranch in the West, Ellen can also be found wandering the woods in New York's Hudson Valley or the streets of Manhattan in an ongoing search for subjects, ways of seeing, and sharing the natural world around her.

These dichotomies inform Ellen's life and work. She is a master of balance within great contrast.

Horses have always ignited Ellen's imagination. She's fascinated by their duality-their power coupled with their willingness to carry us. Horses are mythical beings yet grounded firmly on the Earth. She is at once in awe of them and happiest when partnered with one or accepted as part of the herd.

In offering her images, she shares her veneration for our home, that place in herself that is of the Earth. She shares a reminder to look up, to look down, and to look within, a reminder that we are all of the Earth, and as the Earth is, we are.

Ellen's work has been collected globally and exhibited in galleries in both the eastern and western United States.

KAREN MALPEDE (playwright/director) is an author and often the director of 22 plays and co-founder of Theater Three Collaborative. Other Than We (LaMama 2019), published in January, 2020, by Laertes, follows Extreme Whether (La MaMa, 2018; Paris, ArtCop21, 2015; Theater for the New City, 2014); the shorts Dinner During Yemen (Signature, 2018), Hermes in the Anthropocene: A Dogologue (University of Iowa, 2019, Reed College, 2015), the revival of her 1995 The Beekeeper's Daughter (Theater for the New City, 2016), Another Life (RADA, London, Theater for the New City, 2013, Irondale, 2012, Gerald W. Lynch Theater, 2011), Prophecy (Berlin, 2007, London, 2008, 4th St., Theater, NYC, 2010), the docudrama Iraq: Speaking of War (Culture Project, 2007, CUNY Grad Center, 2006). Her plays have been staged in Italy, Australia, England, and Germany. She is author of the anthology of Plays in Time: The Beekeeper's Daughter, Prophecy, Another Life, Extreme Whether, lead editor of Acts of War: Iraq & Afghanistan in Seven Plays, author of an anthology of early plays, A Monster Has Stolen the Sun and Other Plays. Her short plays, fiction, and essays on ecofeminism, climate crisis, a new green Federal Theater, bearing witness, the Iraq war, the US torture program, etc. are published in numerous print anthologies, and in The Kenyon Review, TriQuarterly, Dark Matter, The Indypendent, Typescript, Howlround, Transformations, Torture Magazine, New Theater Quarterly, TDR and elsewhere. She grew up in the Midwest riding, training, and being trained by horses, and as an adult has ridden Arabians in the Sahara Desert and thoroughbreds in Surrey, UK. McKnight National Playwrights', NYFA & Vogelstein fellow.

SALLY ANN PARSONS (Costume Designer) has designed all TTC productions since the original The Beekeeper's Daughter in Veroli, Italy, 1994. She designed costumes for Daniel Nagrin's many solo works, including The Peloponnesian War Sand was part of his experiment in improvisation, The Work Group. She was a longtime collaborator with the downtown theater artist, Lee Nagrin, the third of Theater Three Collaborative. She costumed Don Redlich's company for many years, including a number of pieces choreographed by Hanya Holm, designed many solo works for the performance artist Margaret Beals, as well as music theater, works for Eric Saltzman. She designed for Elina Mooney, Phoebe Neville, Irene Feigenheimer, Barbara Roan, Billy Siegenfeld, Lee Conner, and Lorn MacDougall. She owns and is the creative director of ParsonsMeares, Ltd, a theatrical costume shop established in 1980 with her husband, James Meares

ARTHUR ROSEN (composer/pianist) His most recent performances were held at Symphony Space and the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music along with his compatriots in the South Oxford Six, whom he met while participating in the American Opera Project's Composer and the Voice Series. He is the creator of 'Trouble The Water' - a dramatic choral piece about the Freedom Rides in 1961; was Musical Director for Another Person is a Foreign Country Directed by Ann Bogart; and Composer, Musical Director for The Ground Floor and Other Stories, also directed by Ann Bogart. Composed and performed in Ashes - A dance with live music in collaboration with the Sands of Time Dance Company; Composed the score for the film Planet Brooklyn which was directed by Reggie Allen for the PBS series-Reel New York; Composer, Arranger, Musical Director for the Feature Film Cracking Up, directed by Matt Mitler; Composer, Musical Director of Faultline directed by Morgan Jenness at the Cucaracha Theatre Company; Mr. Rosen was also a composer, actor, and musician for the Theatre For The New City's indoor, street, and radio productions, (in their early days) as well as the International Theatre Festival in Parma, Italy; Is Author of Trust The Wind, an original Western Operetta incorporating live music, mime, and taped sound effects, presented at Folk City, N.Y. Most recently, Mr. Rosen has been working solely with Theatre Three Collaborative, creating Music and Sound Effects for the plays: Another Life; Beekeeper's Daughter; Extreme Whether; Other Than We; Prophecy; and now, happily- BlueValiant. Mr. Rosen's held various roles and has done numerous strange things in the Theatres and streets of New York City and Europe, and has a Master's Degree in Musical Theatre from NYU Tish School of the Arts.

Farm Arts Collective is an Agri-Cultural hub where art and performance intersect with agrarian and ecological ideas. We focus on four pillars of life-sustaining practices: Farming, Theatre, Food, and Ecology.

Farm Arts Collective makes its home in a large greenhouse centrally located at our home, Willow Wisp Organic Farm, a solar-powered organic vegetable farm serving northeast Pennsylvania, the Catskills, and New York City. The Farm Arts Collective is home to workshops, performances, meals, and special events that engage community members in education and creative practice that deepens the connection to place and each other. https://farmartscollective.org/

Theater Three Collaborative, Inc. was co-founded in 1995 by Malpede, Bartenieff, and the late Lee Nagrin for the purpose of creating, producing, and touring poetic-language, character-driven, social justice new plays. We have premiered our plays in Veroli, Italy, at the Dionysia Festival of Contemporary Drama (The Beekeeper's Daughter, Best in Festival designation), Berlin and London (Prophecy, 4 stars Time Out, Critics' Picks), The National Theater of Kosovo (Another Life, also published in Albanian translation) and in Paris, during the Paris Climate Conference as part of ARTCOP21. In New York, TTC's work has been seen at NYTW-Next Door, Gerald W. Lynch Theatre, Irondale, LaMama, Theater for the New City, Segal Center, and Theater Row, and in Washington DC (Kennedy Center Festival of New Plays, Theater J), and at colleges. Obie Award for I Will Bear Witness. www.theaterthreecollaborative.org

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