The Farm Theater

Love Trumps Survival of the Fittest

Did you know that in The Descent of Man, Darwin mentions the word "love" 95 times and "survival of the fittest" only twice? I discovered this while doing research for my play #Love95times for The Farm Theater Company's College Collaboration Project.

Since October, the play has been developed in beautiful productions by SUNY Brockport, UWF and Centre College and a few nice things have happened: 

  • It's been nominated for a Kennedy Center's ACTF David Mark Cohen Award 
  • It is a Eugene O'Neill Theater Conference semi-finalist
  • And on June 5th, you can join us in NYC! 

The play explores a sexual assault and asks what the role of the bystander is.

Audiences stayed past midnight for a post-show discussion with The Farm Theater's Artistic Director Padriac Lillis and me.

Audiences stayed past midnight for a post-show discussion with The Farm Theater's Artistic Director Padriac Lillis and me.

After every performance, this is what we heard again and again:

  • "This should be required viewing."  - male audience member
  • "I am having conversations with friends about sexual assault in a way I never have before."  - male student 
  • "I feel empowered."  - female student
  • "Every year during orientation, it's like they're saying, 'Don't date-rape'. It's so patronizing; you just tune them out. I'd rather see this play because now I see how I could actually prevent a situation like this from happening." - male student
  • "I couldn't stop watching." - female audience member

The play is about community and how we can work together.

Photo Courtesy: Centre College

Photo Courtesy: Centre College

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A Sneak Peak of Opening Night of Love 95 Times at Centre College

Opening Night at Center College where over 300 people attended. The post-show talk-back moderated by Matthew Hallock (Chairman of the Theater Program) was well-attended with one  student saying she couldn't leave after the play, she needed to stay for the talk-back afterwards. "Working on this play gave me the opportunity to talk about a subject that is never discussed and needs to be," said one of the male cast members. 

The first reading of The Farm Commission at Geva Theater (in pictures)

The SUNY Brockport cast of Your Wings Have Eyes (now titled Love 95 Times)

The SUNY Brockport cast of Your Wings Have Eyes (now titled Love 95 Times)

Geva Theater Literary Manager Jenni Werner leading audience talk-back.

Geva Theater Literary Manager Jenni Werner leading audience talk-back.

Director Frank Kuhn and I discussing the play.

To read Padraic Lillis's (Artistic Director of The Farm Theater) blog about the evening, visit The Farm Report hosted on Indie Theater Now.