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Midcoast Actors’ Studio is proud to announce the cast and crew of ‘Arms and the Man’. The cast includes Tyler Johnstone, Kate Hall, Bryan Lescord, Greg Marsanskis, Diane Coller Wilson, Jay Rosenberg, Dana Wilson and Matt Bixby. The production is being directed by Wendy Wincote Schweikert and produced by Jason Bannister. Ivy Lobato is stage manager. John Bielenberg is the set designer. Nell Moore is painting specialist. Linda Marie is designing the costumes with stitching help from Meg Nickerson. Marsanskis and Bannister are building the set. Dana Wilson is handling props. Juniper Purinton is light designer. Leah Bannister is photographer. Erik Perkins is poster design/layout.


‘Arms and the Man’ will run September 9-18 at the Troy Howard Stage. Fridays/Saturdays at 7pm, Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students/seniors. Call 370-7592 FMI. MAS is sponsored in part by the Maine Theater Fund.





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 and like us them on Facebook.


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Join Midcoast Actors’ Studio for your last production of the 2015 season, 

Good People!

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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Why should you vote for Midcoast Actors’ Studio as the best theater group in Waldo County?


Midcoast Actors’ Studio provides the highest quality theater in Waldo County. We produce 4 fully staged, fully designed, fully realized productions each year, from classical plays to modern Pulitzer Prize winners. In addition, we host the overwhelmingly popular True Stories, as well as offer youth and adult educational programming with our summer musical theater camp, and our year-long Chekhov intensive.
Our shows are directed, designed and performed by the most talented thespians in midcoast Maine, many of whom have theater degrees and professional experience. Our company of over 50 hail from nearly every town in Waldo county, from Unity to Belfast, Winterport to Lincolnville, making MAS truly an all-encompassing WALDO COUNTY theater group.
From the moment you walk into our actual theater spaces until the curtain falls, MAS audience members are transported into a different world; one that examines the human condition through the strongest works of theater available. Please vote MAS the best theater in Waldo county!

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