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.