Season 52: Revolutionary ReduxSeason

2021 is revolutionary mostly for our collective ability to make it to this point. Thanks to Covid-19, we missed the celebrations of Maine’s Bicentennial, the Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage, and, lived through one of the most divisive elections in our nation’s history. Still, here we are with the belief that we’ve come through it all with new hopes and dreams for a peaceful future.

Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare | directed by James Noel Hoban
Sponsored by Dave & Christine Heckman

July 17-August 22

With a unique brew of laughter and darkness, Shakespeare’s tale of impassable moral dilemmas, religious hypocrisy, and he said/she said examines the complex relationships between those in power and those they govern. The quality of mercy is strained to the point of breaking in this dark comedy about the corruption of justice and authority…and the true nature of love and mercy.

Daddy Long Legs Music and Lyrics by Paul Gordon, Book by John Caird | directed by Adam P. Blais
Sponsored by Eaton Peabody
June 25- August 20

Based on the novel by Jean Webster. This heartwarming story about a witty and tenacious young woman and her mysterious benefactor is filled with soaring melodies and deep longing. Based on the classic novel, which inspired the 1955 movie starring Fred Astaire, Daddy Long Legs is a “rags-to-riches” tale of newfound love in the spirit of Jane Austen, The Brontë Sisters, and Downton Abbey.

The Agitators by Mat Smart | directed by Debra Ann Byrd
Sponsored by Maine Community Foundation

July 3- August 20

Brimming with urgency and relevance, The Agitators examines the friendship and rivalry between Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony. It’s 1849 and two young activists steel themselves for the battles to come. Over the next 45 years, they journey from allies to adversaries and back. Theirs is a story of defiance, of rebellion, of revolution. They agitated the nation. They agitated each other. They changed the course of history.

Sofonisba by Callie Kimball | directed by Dawn McAndrews
Sponsored by George & Elaine Keyes
July 29- August 21

Michelangelo’s 27-year-old apprentice, Sofonisba Anguissola, boards a ship from Italy to become the first female court painter to King Philip II. Her 20 years at the Spanish Court are one long chess match, played for and against the expectations of king, bishop, fool, knight, and 14-year-old queen. The sacrifices she makes in service to her art reveal the dangerous waters of court politics for an unmarried, headstrong woman. A play about the hunger for creation–birth and art–and the very real cost of both.

Age of Bees by Tira Palmquist | MAINE PREMIERE | directed by Eddie DeHais
Sponsored by Robert & Moira Fuller

July 22- August 19

Palmquist’s coming-of-age drama, imagines a world where environmental disaster, and a rapidly spreading plague, has reduced civilization and decimated hope. Mel finds safe haven on an isolated farm, tending to some of the last blooming apple orchards as primary pollinator. Enter Jonathan, an independent field researcher collecting samples of plants to start anew. Mel sees possibility and purpose in Jonathan, and in Mel, Jonathan discovers a secret that could save the world.

Crumbs from the Table of Joy by Lynn Nottage | directed by Chris Anthony
Sponsored by Maine Community Foundation

July 8- August 21

Godfrey, recently widowed, is spellbound by charismatic preacher, Father Divine, while his teen daughters, Ernestine and Ermina, find refuge from the racial prejudices of 1950s Brooklyn in Hollywood movies. With the arrival of their fiercely independent Aunt Lily, things suddenly change: Godfrey marries a white woman displaced from war-torn Germany, Ermina discovers boys, and Ernestine is torn between communism and bebop. From the pen of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, the play examines a family’s process of grief and healing in a decade of political, racial, and social upheaval in the United States. 

Aesop’s Guide to Friendship by Dawn McAndrews | directed by Ian Kramer
Sponsored by Austin Associates
June 19- August 13

Aesop’s delightful fables full of wit and wisdom let the animals do the talking; dispensing lessons on perseverance, kindness, and friendship along the way. Aesop’s Guide to Friendship explores age-old stereotypes and mannerisms in his fables such as “tortoise are slow,” “hares are quick,” “foxes are clever” to help young and old alike appreciate our similarities and differences.


An Iliad by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare I directed by Bill Van Horn
Sponsored by DR Struck Landscape Nursery
September 2-11

An Illiad is a modern-day retelling of Homer’s classic. Poetry and humor, the ancient tale of the Trojan War, and the modern world collide in this captivating theatrical experience. The setting is simple: the empty theater. The time is now: the present moment. The lone figure onstage is a storyteller—possibly Homer, possibly one of the many bards who followed in his footsteps. He is fated to tell this story throughout history.

Grounded by George Brant I directed by Dawn McAndrews
September 16-26

An F-16 fighter pilot is reassigned to the Air Force’s drone program, piloting a remote-controlled Reaper in the Middle East from an air conditioned trailer outside of Las Vegas. Confronted with the challenge of fighting a war by day and being a wife and mother by night, she struggles to compartmentalize her existence as her two realities become increasingly permeable.

Season 52 is Sponsored by Main Street Psychotherapy
2021 Acting Company Co-Sponsor Kennebec Savings Bank