A young family sprouts from the hills of Southwestern Pennsylvania. A Catholic priest from Eastern Minnesota embeds himself in a new community. Guided by the science and wisdom of two saints, Driftless unearths the full cost of hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, and asks us to consider lives, relationships, and heritage as we seek answers for the future of our world. Why must families choose between their health and a viable economic future? Based on interviews with community members, Driftless brings an ongoing debate into the heart of our family kitchens.
Collaborating with a group of undergraduate students, local artists, and several adjunct faculty members, Hatch generated new performance material over a four-week devised theater intensive. The process involved conversation, reading, and performance exercises related to student debt, college and university governance, and the experience of the adjunct instructor.
What does it mean to write on a wall? What can it tell us about ownership, gender, expression, and value? Saturated with sharp humor and coded references, Walldogs probes a simple action that humans have performed since we learned to draw.
Driftless Phase 2, supported by the Heinz Endowments’ Small Arts Initiative, gathered nine artists from various disciplines to create a second, short performance piece. This group spent two weeks responding to transcripts from a recent trial involving a protest at a frac sand facility in Winona, MN. The culminating 30-minute performance was presented on May 23rd, 2014, at PearlArts Studios.
This site-specific performance lasted about 30 minutes and took the form of a love poem from the Midwest’s Driftless region to the Marcellus Shale of Western Pennsylvania. Written in frack sand and natural gas, Driftless navigates an encounter between the non-profit world of environmental activism and the reality of hydraulic fracturing. Mixing real accounts of this issue with US tax code, a Roman Catholic Mass, the writings of Plutarch, and corporate literature, Driftless enters and fills the complex cracks and fractures of a complicated conversation.
Chickens in the Yard is a new play that tells the story of a family through the eyes of their four chickens. Set in Pittsburgh, Chickens in the Yard explores what a gay identity means for one couple, as they journey from the families that raised them to the family they choose to create together. Amidst the struggle to define partnership and wrestle with individual family ties, Chickens in the Yard invites you to join them in taking one messy step forward.