This week saw the opening night of Fallow at People’s Light & Theatre, which will run through February 5 and has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative.
Penned by Kenneth Lin and directed by Jackson Gay, Fallow follows the journey of a mother whose son, an Ivy League graduate, has been murdered after finding work as a beekeeper and migrant worker, mistaken for a Hispanic man by his killers. The play is inspired by real-life acts of violence that speak to the racial and cultural disparities that exist all over the United States. On the People’s Light website, Lin states, “Our dreams for a better, more inclusive America have not died [but] we need to keep fighting for it. Fallow is my dog in the fight.”
Lin has been named as one of six finalists for the Smith Prize, an annual award of the National New Play Network for plays focused on American politics. Fallow is a world premiere, as well as Lin’s first production in the Philadelphia region. People’s Light will host a variety of events that touch upon themes of the play, including “The Road Not Taken,” a panel discussion featuring Philadelphians who have embarked on new and surprising directions in their lives, and “Finding One’s Identity,” a discussion with Lin about self-discovery, an important aspect of Fallow.
To purchase tickets to Fallow, and to read about the full calendar of ancillary events, visit the People’s Light & Theatre website.
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