Age of Bees 
by Tira Palmquist I directed by Eddie DeHais
sponsored by Robert & Moira Fuller 

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.

Thursday, July 22 at 7:30 PM (Preview Night)
Friday, July 23 at 7:30 PM (Opening Night)
Saturday, July 31 at 7:30 PM
Wednesday, August 4 at 7:30 PM (*Winery Wednesday)
Tuesday, August 10 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 14 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, August 15 at 7:00 PM
Wednesday, August 18 at 1:00 PM (Outside Cumston Hall)
Thursday, August 19 at 7:30 PM


*Winery Wednesdays will take place outside at WillowsAwake at 10 Leeds Junction Rd. Leeds, ME 04263

Want to find out more about TAM’s production of the Age of Bees? View the Pre-Show Discussion video on our YouTube channel to get an inside look at the making and importance of Age of Bees by Tira Palmquist. Watch now!

Production Team

Eddie DeHais
German Cardenas-Alaminos
Set Designer
Julia Jennings
Asst. Stage Manager
Melissa Nathan
Props Master
Kailey Pelletier
Stage Manager
Elizabeth Rocha
Costume Designer
SiefAllah Salotto-Cristobal
Lighting Designer
Rew Tippin
Sound Designer


Charence Higgins
Amber McNew
Michael Rosas
Tori Thompson

From the Director

What do we do in the wake of a global pandemic?

This is not just a question we are all wrestling with in this moment, but one that is alive in Age of Bees by Tira Palmquist. In this eerily prescient play from 2011, a global pandemic has devastated the human race and ten years later there are only small pockets of survivors barely scraping by. Not only has most of humanity gone the way of the dinosaurs, but the virus mutated, and took out much of the flora and fauna too, including the bees. On an apple orchard in Ohio, we meet two young women, Mel and Deborah, struggling with the painful transition from childhood to adulthood when all the rules have changed. They also find themselves under the controlling grasp of a man whose abuse and zealotry are escalating dangerously. Into this midst, a stranger enters, providing questions and new paths forward that could change everything. Age of Bees shows us a world that has spiraled so further down the well than our own, and provides a blueprint of how to not just survive, but how to find hope in building anew.