Amber (The Hive Project)

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ABOUT THE WORK

The Hive Project
is a triptych of new short plays with music about bee-human relationships, written by Gray Palmer, Guy Zimmerman, and Rachel Jendrzejewski and directed by Laurie Woolery. It was developed and continues to evolve in conversation with a growing community of designers, beekeepers, and other bee stakeholders in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and New York – the three cities where our lead artists are based, representing three distinct geographic regions of the United States.

The Hive Project brings music and performance to bear on three short poetic dramas that straddle the boundaries between humans and bees. Engaging with philosophical issues linked to the long and rich history of human-bee interactions, these plays seek to shed light on those habits of thought that prevent us from responding adequately to the interlocking environmental crises of our time, such as the “hive-collapse” syndrome decimating bee populations world-wide.

The plays include:
PLAN B, written by Gray Palmer
Hello Say, written by Guy Zimmerman
Amber, written by Rachel Jendrzejewski

DEVELOPMENT/PRODUCTION HISTORY
Reading, sponsored in part by Worker B, at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Conference, 2015 – click for artist bios
Production, presented by Padua Playwrights as part of PostNatural: The 27th Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Notre Dame, 2013
Workshop Production, presented by Padua Playwrights at the wulf, 2013
Workshop Production, presented by Padua Playwrights at Silver Lake Public Library, 2013
Staged Reading, presented by Padua Playwrights at Art Share L.A., 2013

We’re grateful for the ever-growing hive of artists and beekeepers who have played critical roles in The Hive Project‘s development and conversation: Megan Burns (actor), Brad Culver (multi-instrumentalist), Corryn Cummins (actor), Emily Dantuma (cello), Chuck Deeter (actor), Alana Dietze (actor), Max Faugno (actor), Wayne Francisco (beekeeper), Andrew Gilbert (multi-instrumentalist), Theo Goodell (electronic music), April Guthrie (cello), Patrick Halm (beekeeper/filmmaker), Alison Heimstead (designer), Janeen Rae Heller (singing saw), Sarah Holtschlag (singing saw), Theo Langason (actor), Brianna Olson Carr (actor), Henry Peck (beekeeper/writer), Quinn Rivenburgh (actor), Andrea San Miguel (actor), Shannon Scrofano (designer), and Barry Sherman (actor)

Photo: (L-R) Alana Dietze, Corryn Cummins, and Sarah Holtschlag performing in Amber at the University of Notre Dame, 2013