ORANGE CITY –– It’s a play by Mary Swander, Map of My Kingdom. Chicago actress Cora Vander Broek Brumlow performed the one-woman show in Orange City in February, and will do a repeat performance Sat., Aug. 1 at 7:30pm at the Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre. This time the show will be filmed.
The performance Aug. 1 is free of charge.
It’s a show exploring the issues of farmland transition, commissioned by Practical Farmers of Iowa, whose president, Dan Wilson, lives in Paullina.
Iowa’s poet laureate Swander interviewed dozens of farm families, bankers and other stakeholders across the state before weaving their stories into the show. It’s told from the perspective of a lawyer who mediates land disputes.
Stories are shared of how farmers and landowners approach land transfers, some struggling to resolve the sale or transfer of land, dissolving relationships. Others find peaceful solutions that focus on keeping the land, and the family, together.
“When I began my research,” Swander said, “I wondered where I would find the conflict for the show, but the conflict was everywhere I turned.”
It’s an excellent drama for farmland owners and theatre-lovers alike, said Orange City Arts director Janine Calsbeek, and now it’s being made into a DVD for wider distribution. “Even if you saw it in February, come again. This time you’ll maybe be in the film!”
Map of My Kingdom Director Matt Foss, who teaches theater at the University of Idaho, graduated from MOC-Floyd Valley High and Northwestern College in Orange City. In June he received an award for “Best New Adaptation” from the 42nd Annual Jeff Awards in Chicago.
Brumlow, who also graduated from MOC-Floyd Valley High and Northwestern College, has worked extensively and earned accolades in Chicago and throughout the country. The Chicago Tribune wrote: “Cora… improves every ensemble in which she finds herself.”
Film sponsors are Foss, Swander, Brumlow and filmmaker Joe Hubers, in association with Practical Farmers of Iowa and Neil Hamilton. Local sponsors are Orange City Arts and Northwestern College Theatre Department. For more information, see orangecityarts.net or contact ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or 707-4885.
The play runs just under one hour and will be followed by a discussion and refreshments.
Read the Des Moines Register story about Map of My Kingdom here.