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, firstname.lastname@example.org