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We think farmers deserve a little time in the spotlight—join us for an evening of live theater, food and drinks to celebrate and support the next generation of American farmers.

BAMLepercqThe evening will feature the premiere performance of GOOD DIRT, a production that tells the stories of six real farm families from the Hudson Valley, followed by an afterparty showcasing the finest in local food, wine, beer and cider. GOOD DIRT was written by Jeremy Davidson and directed by Mary Stuart Masterson of Storyhorse Documentary Theater.

APRIL 10, 2016
4 p.m, at the BAM Fisher (Fishman Space) with an afterparty to follow at 6 p.m. at BAM Lepercq Space.

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Leah in Herbs_Gold_smallAbout GOOD DIRT: GOOD DIRT is a theater piece written by Jeremy Davidson and directed by Mary Stuart Masterson of Storyhorse Documentary Theater. Inspired by the farmers they met near their home in the Hudson Valley, Davidson and Masterson embarked on a series of in-depth interviews with six farm families about the struggles and triumphs of farm life. Transcripts from those conversations became GOOD DIRT and will be read at the premiere by a cast of acclaimed actors in BAM’s black box Fishman Space, with multimedia accompaniment.

Read this Q&A about GOOD DIRT in Edible Brooklyn with Mary Stuart Masterson and Jeremy Davidson.

Farms included: Soul Fire Farm, Green Goats Farm, Northwind Farm, Tello’s Green Farm, Denison Family Farm, Hudson Valley Seed Library

Current cast includes: John Doman (The Wire, The Affair, Person of Interest), Sakina Jaffrey (House of Cards; The Mindy Project; Definitely, Maybe) Louis Cancelmi (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Boardwalk Empire), Gilbert Cruz (Exposed, House of Cards, Girls), Margaret Colin (Gossip Girl, Independence Day), James Lecesne (Trevor, The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey), Stephen Lang (Avatar, Salem, The Men Who Stare at Goats),Maryann Plunkett (Blue Valentine, Center Stage, The Squid and the Whale), Marquise Neal (Orange is the New Black), Mark Blum (Mozart in the Jungle), Ayana Workman (Person of Interest), Pauline Chalamet (Margot), and Mick Lynch.

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imageDirector: Mary Stuart Masterson was raised in New York City, the child of actor, director, Peter Masterson, and actress, Carlin Glynn. She debuted in The Stepford Wives, at the age of 7. She has appeared in over 25 films; including At Close Range, Some Kind of Wonderful, Immediate Family [National Board of Review Award] Fried Green Tomatoes, Benny and Joon; and numerous plays and musicals, including the Broadway musical, Nine [Tony Award nomination],National Anthems with Kevin Spacey at The Old Vic in London and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at The Kennedy Center. Mary Stuart directed and co-produced the feature film, The Cake Eaters, starring Kristen Stewart and Bruce Dern, which was released in 2009. Other producing credits include the indie feature, Tickling Leo, written and directed by her husband, Jeremy Davidson, also released in 2009. Mary Stuart and Jeremy live in the Hudson Valley with their 4 young children (produced in 2009, 2011, and 2013).

image-1Writer: Jeremy Davidson is an actor, writer and director. His work as a writer/director includes the Holocaust film Tickling Leo (Jury Prize Best Film, Stonybrook Film Festival) and psychodramas for Binghamton University’s Upward Bound Program. Jeremy has staged presentations of Guggenheim Award Winner Eugene Richard’s War is Personal at the Brooklyn Museum’s “WAR” exhibit and for the Soros Foundation. As an actor, his recent television work includes Chicago PD, The Americans,Doubt, Royal Pains, the upcoming David Simon miniseries Show Me A Hero for HBO and six seasons of Army Wives. Films include You Bury Your Own, SALT,Little Chenier, and Deprivation. His work on-stage includes Lincoln Center’sBlood and Gifts, Manhattan Theater Club’s Back, Back, Back (Drama Desk Nomination), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Kennedy Center with Mary Stuart Masterson and Geffen Theater with John Goodman), and the one-man play Nijinsky’s Last Dance (Helen Hayes Nomination Best Actor, Kennedy Center, Signature Theater, Berkshire Theater Festival). He will appear this summer at the Williamstown Theater Festival in William Inge’s play, Off the Main Road.

 

Sponsors:

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Amy’s KitchenBig Picture Farm, ChobaniEtsy, Farmers of Wine, Fleishers Craft Butchery, Foragers MarketHarney and Sons Fine Teas, McConnell’s Ice Cream, Molly Oliver FlowersLander-Jenkins Vineyards, Keegan AlesSovereign Cider, Vital Farms

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Visit youngfarmers.org/sponsor-good-dirt for more information.

 

Host committee: Scott Berrie, Katherine Butler, Jeremy Davidson, Derek Denckla, Heidi Dolnick, Charlotte Ford, Dorian Goldman, Jacob Israelow, Marvin Israelow, Mark Justh, Kim Larson, Chazz Levi, Shelley Levine, Mary Stuart Masterson, Harriet Mouchley-Weiss, Liz Neumark, Abby Rockefeller, Amy Thompson, Nicole Shore, Sarah and Nick Suarez

Please direct general inquiries re: GOOD DIRT to Sara Black: sara@youngfarmers.org

Proceeds benefit the National Young Farmers Coalition, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and the largest alliance of young farmers, ranchers, and consumers fighting for the future of American agriculture.
GOOD DIRT promotional photos are of Soul Fire Farm and are used courtesy of Soul Fire Farm and Capers Rumph.