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.
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.