Map of my Kingdom and Vang
Mary Swander will provide the cultural and historical contexts surrounding her plays Map of my Kingdom, a drama about farmland transition, and Vang, a drama about recent immigrant farmers. Swander will detail how she wrote both dramas and she why was compelled to take on these contemporary agricultural issues. Land access is a pressing problem for beginning farmers in the U.S. Over half of the current farmers are over the age of 65, but will these retiring landowners be able to transition their property to younger folks? Many immigrants come to the U.S. with agricultural knowledge and experience, but find it difficult to set themselves up in farming. How will they find a piece of the American dream? The audience will be encouraged to ask questions and share their own experiences.