MIDCOAST ACTORS’ CASTS PULITZER PRIZE WINNING PLAY
BELFAST – Midcoast Actors’ Studio announces the cast of its next production, August: Osage County. Christine West as Violet Weston, Brian Ross as Beverly Weston, Mary Keefe O’Brien Jones as Barbara Fordham, Frank John as Bill Fordham, Grace Underhill as Jean Fordham
Shelly Curtain as Ivy Weston, Marie Stickney as Karen Weston, Shari Wick John as Mattie Fae Aiken, James Tatgenhorst as Charlie Aiken, Jason Bannister as Little Charles Aiken, Amanda Pomeroy as Johnna Monevata, James Clayton as Steve Heidebrecht, and Rob Bywater as Sheriff Gilbeau.
The production is directed by Robin Equality Jones. Leah Elizabeth Smith is the stage manager. Artistic Director Jason Bannister is producer. John Bielenberg designs the set. Elaine Bielenberg is the set dresser. Tom Sadowski is light designer. Costume designer is Jennifer Maher. Jay Rosenberg is sound designer. Angela Bonacasa is fight director. Ivy Lobato and Angela Domenichelli handle props.
August: Osage County won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for drama and 5 Tony Awards, including best play. It was recently made into a movie with Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts. Performances are May 30-June 8 at the Troy Howard Stage, 173 Lincolnville Ave. in Belfast. Tickets are $15 for all ages. The show is not appropriate for children. There will be an optional $10 dinner before each of the two Saturday performances, with a Plains-style menu. For tickets call the box office at 370-7592, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit midcoastactors.org or Facebook.
Midcoast Actors’ Studio is please to announce the cast of the spring production of August: Osage County:
Christine West as Violet Weston
Brian Ross as Beverly Weston
Mary Keefe O’Brien Jones as Barbara Fordham
Frank John as Bill Fordham
Grace Underhill as Jean Fordham
Shelly Curtain as Ivy Weston
Marie Stickney as Karen Weston
Shari Wick John as Mattie Fae Aiken
James Tatgenhorst as Charlie Aiken
Jason Bannister as Little Charles Aiken
Amanda Pomeroy as Johnna Monevata
James Clayton as Steve Heidebrecht
Rob Bywater as Sheriff Gilbeau
The production is directed by Robin Equality Jones. Leah Elizabeth Smith is the stage manager. Jason Bannister is producer. John Bielenberg designs the set. Elaine Bielenberg is the set dresser. Tom Sadowski is light designer. Costume designer is Jennifer Maher. Jay Rosenberg is light designer. Ivy Lobato and Angela Domenichelli handle props.
Performance dates are May 30-June 8 at the Troy Howard Stage, 173 Lincolnville Ave. in Belfast.
August: Osage County won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for drama and 5 Tony Awards, including best play.
–WEATHER UPDATE –
TONIGHT’S SHOW IS ON AS SCHEDULED.
As of now, Sunday’s performance will remain at 2:00 p.m.
Ticket holders for tonight who are worried about the weather and would like to move their reservations to Sunday can call the box office (370-7592). There are 10 seats currently left for Sunday.
BELFAST — If you’re looking for something to cheer you up on these dark, cold winter nights, then join Midcoast Actors’ Studio for a night of hilarious, side-splitting live theater in an intimate setting as they kick off their 2014 season with a production of “All in the Timing” at the Playhouse Theater in Belfast. Performances will take place on Feb. 7-9 and Feb. 14-16, with Friday and Saturday shows starting at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
David Ives’ collection of brilliant short comedies is a whirlwind tour de force of wit and wordplay that explores the hilarious ways in which language both unites and divides us. A cast of nine plays multiple roles, with actors hailing from as far away as Bucksport and Owls Head. Local veteran actor Greg Marsanskis makes his directorial debut.
“I’m happy to have a great cast,” Marsanskis said in a news release. “The interesting part for me has been to find unity between the different scenes, so the audience sees it as complete unit, and not separate plays.”
‘Timing’ marks the first show of the 2014 season for Midcoast Actors’ Studio (MAS), which includes six productions throughout the year being performed at three venues in Belfast. The entire season is funded with assistance from the Basil Burwell Foundation and the Maine Theater Fund.
Jason Bannister, founder and artistic director of MAS, is excited for the new season.
“We are embarking on quite a busy season of theater. With comedies, dramas, a musical, original works by local playwrights, and our traditional holiday show, hopefully there is something for everyone.” said Bannister. “I hope this wide range of entertainment will attract new theatergoers, along with diehards.”
Located at 107 Church Street in Belfast, the Playhouse is an intimate storefront theater which seats 40 audience members close to the stage. Tickets for the production are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors (over 65). A discount of $3 off of the ticket price is available to those who call the box office at 370-7592 to order tickets in advance. There is also a special opening night gala, with a meet and greet wine and cheese tasting with the cast after the show. Tickets for this are $20.
Seating is very limited and may very well sell out each night, so calling and reserving is highly recommended.