Midcoast Actors’ Studio is proud to open its 5th season with “A Lie of the Mind,” by award-winning playwright Sam Shepard. The play will run March 4-13 in Belfast.
“A Lie of the Mind” gives you the intimate details of two families, connected together by marriage, but subject to the deepest levels of jealousy and the epic madness of love. The play has won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Drama Desk Award. Directed by Erik Perkins, the ensemble cast is broken down into two low-income families in different states. One family includes the jealousy riddled brothers Jake, Frankie, played by Nathan Roach and Tyler Johnstone, respectively. The brothers have a sister stuck in the middle of their tumultuous relationship, Sally, played by Grace Underhill. Their possessive mother is played by Katie Glessner Perkins. The second family consists of Leah Bannister, who plays Jake’s beaten and now brain-damaged wife, Beth. Randy Hunt plays Beth’s protective brother, Mike. Meg Nickerson plays Beth and Mike’s timid mother, Meg, while Greg Marsanskis takes on the twisted patriarch of the family. Perkins says he’s always been a fan of Shepard.
“I was struck by the raw power of the show,” Perkins explains. “And how Shepard expanded on many of the themes he’d explored in his earlier plays.” Midcoast Actors’ Studio Artistic Director Jason Bannister is pleased with the production.
“This is a difficult show to produce,” says Bannister. “I am pleased that MAS has taken it on to start our 2016 season.”
“Lie” is produced by Danielle Bannister. Maggie Goscinski is the stage manager. Jason Bannister is the set designer. Juniper Purinton designs the lights. Jay Rosenberg is the sound designer. Mary Priesing tackles the difficult make-up designs. Ivy Lobato handles props. Angela Bonacasa is back as the fight coordinator.
“A Lie of the Mind” takes place at the Troy Howard Stage, 173 Lincolnville Ave. in Belfast, Maine. Performances are March 4, 5 11 and 12 at 7 pm and March 6 &13 at 4 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors. This show is not recommended for children. The performances are general admission and tickets can be purchased at the door. Call the MAS box office at 370-7592 FMI. You can also visit midcoastactors.org and like us them on Facebook.
Join Midcoast Actors’ Studio for your last production of the 2015 season,
November 13-22, Fridays/Saturdays at 7:00 p.m., Sundays at 5:00 p.m.
at the Troy Howard Stage, 173 Lincolnville Ave. Belfast
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors
General admission – no reservations required
Warning: graphic language
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BELFAST – Midcoast Maine will get a chance to experience a currently running Broadway show when Midcoast Actors’ Studio presents the play Skylight, May 15-31 at the Court Street Theater in Belfast.
Jason Bannister, Crys Bruschi and Owen Scoville star in the highly anticipated MAS production of David Hare’s 1995 Tony Award-nominated classic, also directed by Bannister. Skylight is assistant directed and stage managed by Leah Elizabeth Darcy.
East London school teacher Kyra Hollis (Bruschi) is visited on the same night by Edward Sargeant (Scoville) and, later, his father Tom Sargeant (Bannister). Kyra had been living with the Sargeant family years earlier but left after her affair with Tom was discovered by Tom’s wife, who has since died. Edward now accuses Kyra of having left him as well, as he saw her as a big sister, and he demands to know why she left his life.
Shortly thereafter, Tom, a wealthy restaurateur, appears unheralded and for no apparent reason. Kyra’s less-than-glamorous lifestyle leads him to poke fun at her to the point of insult, accusing her of self-punishment. After Kyra cooks a spaghetti dinner (which the actress cooks on stage), the talk turns to their relationship, and it becomes clear that their chances to be rekindled rest on whether one of them can change preconceived notions of the other.
Skylight was originally produced at the National Theatre in 1995, before transferring to the West End and Broadway. It won the Olivier Award for Best Play, as well receiving four Tony nods. The current Broadway revival stars Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan. The Midcoast Actors’ and Broadway productions are the only two currently in the U.S., and they happen to be running simultaneously.
Bannister performed in Skylight as the younger character, Edward, 15 years ago in Portland and is now coming full circle playing the father. “It’s one of my favorite plays,” says Bannister, “I concur with Bill Nighy, who’s currently playing the same role as me on Broadway: ‘It unlocks something universal… it brings hope, it’s uplifting…(Skylight) is one of the greatest plays in the English language… you get to laugh and nobody suffers’.”
John Beilenberg, Greg Marsanskis and Brian Ross have collaborated on the unique arena theater set design. Jay Rosenberg is the light and sound designer. Assistant stage manager is Cameron Pillitteri. Ivy Lobato handles the props.
Midcoast Actors’ Studio is excited to perform at the newly named Court Street Theater in Belfast, Maine. Bannister, MAS Artistic Director, has worked with the owner of the old Universalist Church building to create a unique theater-in-the-round set-up for the show. The space is intimate and charming – perfect for the style of theater MAS brings to Belfast.
“It’s high time the city had a dedicated theater space again,” says Bannister. “We’re honored to be able to make that happen.”
Skylight runs May 15-31 at The Court Street Theater, 17 Court Street Belfast (corner of Spring St. and Court St.). Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m., Sunday matinees at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and those over 65. On opening night there will be a 2 for 1 ticket special. For tickets and further details call the box office at 370-7592, email@example.com