The first season of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company begins with a unique Terence Rattigan double bill, as ZoÃ« Wanamaker appears alongside Kenneth Branagh in the rarely seen comic gem HARLEQUINADE, following her performance of the powerfully atmospheric one-woman play, ALL ON HER OWN.
In a striking contrast that displays Rattigan's astonishing range, ALL ON HER OWN tells the story of Rosemary (Wanamaker) who, alone at midnight in London, has a secret burden to share that is at times both heart-breaking and sinister.
On Her Own tells the story of Nancy Prebilich and her family as they struggle to save their 5th generation farm during the Great Recession. Yet On Her Own is about more than just one family’s struggle to keep their land out of foreclosure. It represents what is happening all across the U.S. as houses are foreclosed, families are forced to move apart for purely economic reasons, and small farms face ruthless competition from large factory farms & land developers. On Her Own explores the roles history and ancestry play in our present-day lives, asking: what happens when the cost of preserving family heritage is the family itself?
Filmmaker Morgan Schmidt-Feng’s inspiration for this project came from his desire to understand more about his own family’s history. Morgan’s mom, grandmother, great-grandparents grew up on a third-generation family farm in Badger, Iowa, and it was after a visit to this land several years ago that he began shooting On Her Own. Along with documenting the everyday difficulties of maintaining an independent local farm, the film tells a more personal story of loss, pain, responsibility, and resilience.