Maine Playwrights Showcase 0

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Midcoast Actors’ Studio of Belfast has enjoyed a successful 2014 season, with four wonderful productions (All in the Timing, August: Osage County, Nunsense, Plaza Suite). Now MAS is pleased to announce its last production of the season, the Maine Playwrights’ Showcase, December 5-14 at the Playhouse, Church Street in Belfast. After this season concludes, MAS will be presenting an exciting 2015 season, including Venus in Fur by David Ives in February, Skylight by David Hare in May, The Servant of Two Masters by Carlos Goldoni (adapted by Constance Congdon) in September and Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire in December.

The showcase includes original works by four Maine writers: Laura Emack of Prospect, Danielle Bannister of Searsmont, Shelly Curtain of Bucksport, and Michael Kimball of Cape Neddick. The cast and crew hail from all corners of midcoast Maine: Bangor to Knox to Waldoboro. The showcase was the brainchild of MAS Artistic Director Jason Bannister. 

“There are many good playwrights from our own backyard,” says Bannister. “I wanted give to them a chance to see their works performed on the stage.”

In A Talking Scale (Emack) Nurse Ella (Marty Kelley) summons the courage to take a single terrifying step, one she makes the clinic’s patients do every day: she steps onto the doctor’s scale. With The Muffin Man (Kimball) an upscale brunch is interrupted by a homeless man (Jay Rosenberg) who demands his English muffin grilled, not toasted. Waitress played by Nicole Provonsil. In Brackish Waters (Curtain) a time travel tale in Buckstown, Maine where different worlds mix. Waters stars Danielle Bannister, James Clayton, 9 year old newcomer Marina Bannister, Rosenberg and Provonsil.

Backseat Driver (Emack) asks if a chance encounter between former high-school sweethearts will cause Shonna to violate her marriage vows? This play stars real life couple Beth and Mike Rowe. In Swivel (Bannister) Daphne (Jen Maher) arrived to find her chair missing. What happens next will make her world spin. Also starring Kelley. In The Day the Music Died (Emack), the Curves gym in the town of Thespia welcomes all women and serves as vibrant social center. Owner Donna denies the approaching financial meltdown that takes everyone else by unpleasant surprise (starring Bannister and her daughter Marina, Kelley, Ivy Lobato, and Maher). Finally, Henny and Hitler in Hell (Kimball) has Adolf Hitler (Clayton) awakening in Henny Youngman’s (Rowe) Catskills dressing room. Provonsil is Eva.

The Showcase is directed by Ivy Lobato and Judi Erickson. Phil Prince is board operator. Karen Bryzsnyak is costumer and Chris Wright helped with the set. Jason Bannister is producer, Leah Darcy is publicist, and Tristan Bannister is on the crew. 

Performances will be December 5, 6, 12, and 13 at 7:00 p.m. and December 7 & 14 at 2:00 p.m. at the Playhouse, 107 Church Street in Belfast. Tickets are $10 for all seats (very limited seating), and $6 for opening night only. The show is intended for mature audiences. For tickets call the MAS box office at 370-7592 or email
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MAS Casts Last Production of 2014 Season 0

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BELFAST – Midcoast Actors’ Studio announces the cast and crew of the Maine Playwrights’ Showcase. This is the fifth and final production of the highly successful 2014 MAS season. The showcase includes monologues and one act plays by local writers Michael Kimball, Laura Emack, Danielle Bannister and Shelley Curtain.

The cast includes James Clayton, Mike Rowe, Nicole Provonsil, Beth Rowe, Jay Rosenberg, Danielle Bannister, Marty Kelley, Jennifer Maher and 9-year old newcomer Marina Bannister.

The production is directed by Ivy Lobato and Judi Erickson. Artistic Director Jason Bannister is producer, with Leah Elizabeth Darcy publicist. Karen Brezsnyak is designing costumes, hair, and makeup. 

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Last weekend of Plaza Suite 0


Katie Glessner Perkins and Jason Bannister


Shari Wick John and Greg Marsanskis


Beverly Mann and Denn Harrington

Don’t miss your last chance to see Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite October 17, 18, and 19. Friday and Saturday at 7:00 p.m., Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students/seniors. Email for tickets.

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WHEN: Saturday, November 1

TIME: 12:00 – 4:00 (email for specific time)

If we know you, meaning you’ve done an MAS show, you don’t need to prepare anything or supply a headshot/resume. Take a look at the attached link for character descriptions, and if you want to audition for a specific role(s) let us know and the directors will have scripts on hand. Auditions will be roughly 15 minutes.

If you are new to MAS, please supply us with a headshot/resume, as well as two contrasting monologues.

We are looking to cast for VENUS IN FUR (Feb 13 – Mar 1), SKYLIGHT (May 23 – June 8), A SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS (September 11 – 27), and GOOD PEOPLE (December 4 – 20).

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MAS presents Plaza Suite 0



Midcoast Actors’ Studio is pleased to announce it has cast its next production, Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite. Hilarity abounds in this portrait of three couples successively occupying a suite at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. First presented on Broadway in 1968, Plaza Suite is one of Simon’s most famous plays and a staple in American comedy.
The cast includes Greg Marsanskis, Shari John, Jen Wendell, Martin Long, Katie Glessner Perkins, Jason Bannister, Dennis Harrington, Beverly Mann and Valerie Philbrick. Erik Perkins is directing. Philbrick is also serving as stage manager and hair/makeup. Robert DesLauriers is set designer, Pip McFaul is costume designer, Jason Bannister is light designer, Amy Pillitteri is sound designer, Jay Rosenberg and Elaine Bielenberg are design mentors.
Performances are October 10, 11, 17, 18 at 7:00 p.m. and October 12 & 19 at 2:00 p.m. at the Troy Howard Stage in Belfast. For ticket information please call the box office at 370-7592 or email
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Nunsense is Habit Forming! 0


Jennifer Maher, Leah Smith, and Alex Clausen (photo courtesy of Sarah Joy)

Get your tickets today! Call 370-7592 or email

Belfast – Midcoast Actors’ Studio presents NUNSENSE, the hilarious musical spoof about the misadventures of five nuns trying to manage a talent show, August 1-10 at the UU Church in Belfast.

Sadly, the rest of the sisterhood died from botulism after eating the vichyssoise prepared by Sister Julia (Child of God). Thus, the remaining nuns – ballet-loving Sister Leo (Jennifer Maher), street-wise Sister Robert Anne (Alex Clausen), befuddled Sister Mary Amnesia (Leah Smith), the Mother Superior Sister Regina (Irene Dennis), and mistress of the novices Sister Mary Hubert (Angela Domenichelli) – stage a show in order to raise the money to bury their dearly departed Sisters.


Leah Smith, Irene Dennis, and Angela Domenichelli (Photo courtesy of Sarah Joy)

NUNSENSE is directed by MAS Founder and Artistic Director Jason Bannister and music directed and accompanied by veteran musician joani mitchell, with Duncan Hall on Bass. Jay Rosenberg is stage manager, Maher is choreographer, Ivy Lobato is props supervisor and spotlight operator, Sonia Vazquez is concessions manager and Shari John is house manager.

Nunsense runs August 1-10 at the UU Church in Belfast. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:00 p.m., and Sundays at 3:00. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors and can be reserved by calling the Midcoast Actors’ Studio box office at 370-7592 or emailing

Midcoast Actors’ Studio was founded in 2012. The mission of the Midcoast Actors’ Studio is to entertain, enrich, and educate the cultural life of the mid coast region of Maine by providing a superior theater experience. MAS shall provide area residents the opportunity both to attend and to participate in quality productions of a cross-section of the finest theatrical works available. MAS recently closed a highly acclaimed production of August: Osage County and will present Plaza Suite October 10-19 at the Troy Howard Stage and a Maine Playwrights’ Showcase December 5-14 at The Playhouse on Church Street in Belfast.


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