The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Double Edge Theatre 2019 Summer Spectacle: I am the Baron

WHAT: Double Edge Theatre 2019 Summer Spectacle: I am the Baron 
WHERE: 948 Conway Rd, Ashfield, MA
WHEN: Previews: July 19 & 20
Performances: July 24 - August 18
Performances begin at 8pm in July and 7:30 in August.

Double Edge Theatre 2019 Summer Spectacle: I am the Baron
Inspired by The Surprising Travels and Adventures of Baron Munchausen by Rudolf Erich Raspe

Double Edge Theatre will present its annual Traveling Summer Spectacle performance - this year’s I am the Baron. Strange worlds. Fantastical adventures. Mythic visions. Who is Baron Von Munchausen? Hero? Liar? Buffoon? Inspired by the 18th Century book by Rudolf Raspe, I am the Baron is a celebration of the power of stories and storytelling to transform the world. In this ode to joy, the audience is invited to join a journey of the imagination indoors, outdoors, to the stars and back.

I am the Baron marks Double Edge’s seventeenth Summer Spectacle, and the audience has grown from 45 people in 2002, to over 3000 in 2018. This is an auspicious year for Double Edge, as it celebrates the 25th anniversary of its arrival from Boston to the Farm in Ashfield, Massachusetts. Throughout this anniversary year, DE is presenting special events, gatherings, and performances, including this special Summer Spectacle.

“Reality? Your reality, sir, is lies and balderdash and I’m delighted to say that I have no grasp of it whatsoever.”
- Baron Munchausen

I am the Baron is created by the Double Edge Ensemble and directed by Matthew Glassman and Jeremy Louise Eaton. Glassman, who has been with Double Edge for almost twenty years, is a DE Co-Artistic Director, and is also co-writing I am the Baron. Eaton is Design and Associate Director, and is also designing the performance. Why Munchausen? Why now? “We live in times when we really need a Baron Munchausen reminding us of incredible, new possibilities, of all the realms of reality to draw from in order to transform ourselves into heroes and ultimately our reality. Plus there’s also just so much pleasure and joy in bringing these stories to life,” Glassman said.

Assisting in the writing and dramaturgy is Trinity College Theatre Professor, Director/ Writer Mitch Polin and joining the ensemble will be early career artists from the US and overseas including puppetry artists from Hungary and Poland, and youth participants from Springfield’s Public Conservatory of the Arts.

I am the Baron
Inspired by The Surprising Travels and Adventures of Baron Munchausen

Previews: July 19 & 20
Performances: July 24 - August 18

Performances begin at 8pm in July and 7:30 in August.


Double Edge Theatre
948 Conway Rd, Ashfield, MA

Tickets at

About Double Edge Theatre
Double Edge Theatre, an artist-run organization, was founded in Boston in 1982 by Stacy Klein as a feminist ensemble and laboratory of actors’ creative process. The Double Edge Ensemble, led by Artistic Director Klein, along with Co-Artistic Directors Carlos Uriona, Matthew Glassman, Jennifer Johnson, and Producing Director Adam Bright, creates original theatrical performances that are imaginative, imagistic, and visceral. These include indoor performances and site-specific indoor/outdoor traveling spectacles both of which are developed with collaborating visual and music artists through a long-term process and presented on the Farm and on national and international tours.

In 1994, Double Edge moved from Boston to a 105-acre former dairy farm in rural Ashfield, MA, to create a sustainable artistic home. Today, the Farm is an International Center of Living Culture and Art Justice, a base for the Ensemble’s extensive international touring and community spectacles, with year-round theatre training, performance exchange, conversations and convenings, greening and sustainable farming initiatives. DE facilities include two performance and training spaces, production facilities, offices, archives, music room, and 5 outdoor performance areas, as well as an animal barn, vegetable gardens, and two additional properties: housing in the center of town for resident artists and DE’s Artist Studio focused on underserved artists; and a design house, with design offices, studios, costume shop, and storage for sets, costumes, and props. A vision of future facilities includes a public archive/gallery, a fully developed farm, and Ohketeau (meaning to plant something, to grow), a space for Native traditions.

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