2020 Season Plays: (R)evolutionary

2020 is a big year! It’s Maine’s Bicentennial, it’s the Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage, and it’s an election year. So many revolutionary and evolutionary things to celebrate we’ve rolled them all into one big ball for a (R)evolutionary Season of EPIC proportions.

Cymbeline
by William Shakespeare

When Imogen’s father banishes her soul-mate, the princess embarks on a quest to prove her fidelity, escape her stepmother’s dastardly plot, and reclaim her love. Cymbeline is brimming with forbidden romance, mistaken identities, jealousy, vile trickery, poison, disguises, and epic swordfights. A theatrical feast that defies genre, Cymbeline blends tragedy, comedy, and romance into an enchanting and unforgettable Shakespearean fairytale.

Julius Caesar
by William Shakespeare

As swift and enthralling as a political thriller, Julius Caesar portrays the life-and-death struggle for power in Rome. Fearing that Caesar’s growing strength and constitutional ambitions threaten the Republic, a faction of politicians plots to assassinate him. But when Caesar is killed, chaos engulfs the state. Alive with stunning rhetoric, Julius Caesar investigates the intoxicating effects of power and the dangers of idealism.

Seascape
by Edward Albee

On a deserted stretch of beach, a middle-aged couple relaxes after a picnic lunch and converse idly about home, family, and their life together. She sketches; he naps. Then, suddenly, they are joined by two sea creatures, a pair of lizards from the depths of the ocean, with whom they engage in a fascinating dialogue. The emotional and intellectual reverberations of the bizarre conversation in Albee’s second Pulitzer Prize-winning play, will linger in the heart and the mind long after the curtain falls–or the last page is turned.

Sofonisba
by Callie Kimball

Michelangelo’s 27-year-old apprentice, Sofonisba Anguissola, boards a ship from Italy to become the first female court painter for 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 negotiations and sacrifices she makes in service to her art and her heart reveal the dangerous waters of court politics for an unmarried, headstrong woman. A play about the hunger for creation–of birth and art–and the very real cost of both.

The Agitators
by Mat Smart

Brimming with modern urgency and relevance, The Agitators examines the friendship and rivalry between Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony. It’s 1849 and two young activists, full of optimism and ideals, 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.

Family Show

Aesop’s Guide to Friendship
by Dawn McAndrews

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.

Fall Show

A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder
Book and Lyrics by Robert L. Freedman
Music and Lyrics by Steven Lutvak

When the low-born Monty Navarro finds out that he’s eighth in line for an earldom in the lofty D’Ysquith family, he figures his chances of outliving his predecessors are slight and sets off down a far more ghoulish path. Can he knock off his unsuspecting relatives without being caught and become the ninth Earl of Highhurst? And what of love? Because murder isn’t the only thing on Monty’s mind….