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Research Materials

Bishop, Holley. Robbing the Bees: A biography of honey, the sweet liquid gold that seduced the world. Free Press: New York, 2005.

Goldfarb, Ronald L. Migrant Farm Workers: A caste of despair. Iowa State University Press: Ames, 1981.

Horn, Tammy. Bees in America: How the honey bee shaped a nation. The University Press of Kentucky: Lexington, 2005.

McWilliams, Carey. Factories In the Field: The story of migratory farm labor in California. University of California Press: Berkeley, 1935.

Nahmias, Rick, photographer. The Migrant Project: comptemporary California farm workers. University of New Mexico Press: Albuquerque, 2008.

Walker, Richard A. The Conquest of Bread. 150 years of agribusiness in California. The New Press: New York, 2004.

Weiler, Michael. Bees and Honey: from flower to jar. Floris Books: Edinburgh, 2006.

Wells, Mirian. Strawberry Fields: politics, class, and work in California agriculture. Cornell University Press: Ithaca, 1996.




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Fallow tells the story of Aaron Hayes, a well-heeled young American who casts off his Ivy-League pedigree when a summer job as a bee-keeper turns into a journey through the American heartland as a migrant farm worker. His journey ends in California where he is mistaken as Mexican by White Supremacists who beat him to death in a hate crime. The play follows Aaron's transformation as he travels from farm to farm and his mother Elizabeth's, transformation as she journeys, in a gypsy cab, to meet her son's killers. Ultimately, they trace similar paths of discovery, longing, hope and grief.

Awards/Production History:

  • Commissioned by Arena Stage, Washington, D.C.
  • Developed at the Lark New Play Development Center's Playground Initiative


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