• 2019season

    Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web

    “Suspense, anyone? The old fashioned kind? Who’s for good, clean fun? One is Agatha Christle’s 1954 puzzler, The Spider’s Web.” – Howard Thompson, The New York Times 

    Agatha Christie’sSpider’s Web
    At Hallowell City Hall
    Show dates November 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24

    Synopsis from SamuelFrench.com

    Clarissa, wife of a diplomat, is adept at spinning tales of adventure, but when a murder takes place in her drawing room she finds live drama much harder to cope with. Desperate to dispose of the body before her husband arrives with an important politician, she enlists the help of her guests. Hilarity ensues when they are interrupted by the arrival of wry detective Inspector Lord. 

    A conscious parody of the detective thriller, Christie delivers a unique blend of suspense and humour. There is tension and laughter in equal parts in an intricate plot of murder, police, drug addicts, invisible ink, hidden doorways and secret drawers.

  • 2019season

    A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    Shakespeare in the Park with the Augusta Downtown Alliance
    A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    Augusta 15, 16, 17 in Waterfront Park in Augusta

    A Midsummer Night’s Dream Summary

    Four Athenians run away to the forest only to have Puck the fairy make both of the boys fall in love with the same girl. The four run through the forest pursuing each other while Puck helps his master play a trick on the fairy queen. In the end, Puck reverses the magic, and the two couples reconcile and marry.

  • 2019season

    A Little Murder Never Hurt Anyone

    by Ron Bernas

    At Hallowell City Hall
    Show dates June 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23

    “A delightful surprise…an evening of fun just on the proper side of slapstick.” – Lansing State Journal

    Synopsis from stageplays.com

    It’s New Year’s Eve at the Perry mansion, and Julia and Matthew Perry seem to have it all.

    But Matthew wants something more – to be rid of his wife Julia so he can have some real fun!

    He resolves to murder Julia by the new year’s end, and tells her so

    She vows to stay alive, and tells him so

    And so the game begins – an hilarious year-long match of wits and the witless

    But while Julia cleverly dodges Matthew’s devious murder attempts, the Perry friends and staff are dying off mysteriously – it seems Matthew is successful in murdering everyone but Julia!

    As the bodies are falling, dim-witted daughter Bunny contemplates calling off her wedding to unwitting Donald since all the intended gift-bearing guests are dying

    Enter Detective Plotnik – a Sam Spade reincarnation who suspects everyone, but hasn’t a clue

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  • 2019season

    All I Really Need to Know I Learned by Being in a Bad Play


    By Werner Trieschmann.

    Synopsis from dramaticpublishing.com

    Based on several disastrous theatrical experiences, Bad Play peels back a tattered curtain to examine the process of putting on a show that is less than good. A stuffy narrator (what bad play is complete without a stuffy narrator?) guides the audience through the whole sorry process. We go from the audition—where the director is more worried about roast beef than paying attention to the warm-up exercise, and the neurotic cast pretends to be bacon—to rehearsals—where a passive-aggressive stage manager gives everyone grief. There’s also a special meeting of the Small Part Support Group and a production of Romeo and Juliet set in a Starbucks with costumes of potato sacks and bowler hats. This bad play within a play won’t win any awards, but All I Really Need to Know I Learned by Being in a Bad Play will keep audiences in stitches.

  • shows

    Marriage is Murder, by Nick Hall

    Gaslight Theater, Hallowell, Maine
    2018 Season, August 24, 25, 26  & 31, Sept 1 and 2

    Full Length Play, Comedy
    cast: one woman, one man

    Ex-spouses Paul and Polly Butler write murder mysteries together. They act out the crimes in Paul’s apartment: poisoned chocolates and lethal martinis, alibis and fingerprints, bodies in a trunk and bodies all tied up, daggers, guns and even an axe all contribute to the hilarity. Nobody gets hurt, but their egos take some hits as they find that their marriage was mixed up with their work. There are many fast paced comic twists as they attempt to outdo and surprise each other and they learn that marriage, like murder, is in the details. The final witty complication is a real murder which they and the audience should have seen coming. This murderously funny two character comedy is by the author of Accommodations.

  • shows

    Not about Nightingales by Tennessee Williams

    Gaslight Theater, Hallowell, Maine
    2018 Season, October 19, 20, 21,  26, 27, 28

    An early work by the revered playwright that caused a sensation in Houston, New York, and London. This is a raw, sprawling dramatization of real events at a Philadelphia prison in 1937. Convicts who led a hunger strike to protest conditions were locked in a scalding cell where four of them died. The sympathetic treatment of blacks and homosexuals was revolutionary for the time of the premiere and may explain why the play remained unproduced for sixty years.

    NOMINEE! 1999 Tony Award for Best Play

    PAST REVIEWS

    “Enthralling…A feverish, full strength compassion for people in cages makes Nightingales fly toward a realm of pain and beauty that is the province of greatness…The emotions, both savage and painfully delicate, that saturate this work are arguably more rich and varied in tone than those of any American dramatist…The voices of Williams’s entrapped nightingales…refuse to fade when the play is plunged into its concluding darkness.” – The New York Times

    “The best American play so far this season…It adds to the reputation of one of America’s greatest playwrights.” – The New York Daily News

    “Fascinating.” – The New York Post

    “Changes our perception of a major writer and still packs a hefty political punch.” – London Independent

    DETAILS

    Time Period: 1930s
    Setting: A large American prison during the summer of 1938.
    Features / Contains: Period Costumes

    CASTING

    9m, 3f
    THE VOICE OF THE LORELEI
    MRS. BRISTOL
    EVA CRANE
    JIM ALLISON (Canary Jim)
    BOSS WHALEN – the warden
    JACK BRISTOL (Sailor Jack)
    SCHULTZ – a guard
    BUTCH O’FALLON
    THE QUEEN
    JOE
    MCBURNEY – a guard
    OLIVER ARMSTEAD (Ollie)
    SHAPIRO
    JEREMY TROUT (Swifty)
    MEX
    KRAUSE
    ALBERTS
    TOM
    CHAPLAIN
    REVEREND HOOKER
    GOLDIE
    CHICK
    GUARDS, CONVICTS, TROOPERS

    Tennessee Williams

    Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) explores passion with daring honesty, and forged a poetic theatre of raw psychological insight that shattered conventional proprieties and transformed the American stage. The autobiographical The Glass Menagerie brought what Mr. Williams called “the catastrophe of success,” a success capped by A Streetcar Named Desire, one of the most influential works of modern American literature. An extraordinary series of masterpieces followed, including Vieux Carre, Sweet Bird of Youth, The Rose Tattoo, Orpheus Descending, and the classic Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

  • auditions

    Auditions

    Auditions for Marriage is Murder, our next show is June 17 and 18 Hallowell City Hall at 6 Two actors — one man one woman as husband and wife

    “Marriage is Murder” by Nick Hall

    Show dates: August 24, 25, 26 & 31, Sept 1 and 2

    Showtimes are 7:30 pm Fridays & Saturdays, with Sunday matinees at 2pm

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    2018 Season

    March

    Two one acts- “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, and “Sonata for Armadillos” by Jon Tuttle

    Show dates March 2, 3, 4 & March 9, 10, 11
    Showtimes are 7:30 pm Fridays & Saturdays, with Sunday matinees at 2pm.

    June

    Witness for the Prosecution” by Agatha Christie

    show dates June 15, 16, 17 & June 22, 23, 24
    Showtimes are 7:30 pm Fridays & Saturdays, with Sunday matinees at 2pm.

    August

    Marriage is Murder” by Nick Hall

    Show dates  August 24, 25, 26  & 31, Sept 1 and 2
    Showtimes are 7:30 pm Fridays & Saturdays, with Sunday matinees at 2pm.
    Read more about this show.>>

    November

    Not About Nightingales” by Tennessee Williams

    Show dates  October 19, 20, 21,  26, 27, 28
    Showtimes are 7:30 pm Fridays & Saturdays, with Sunday matinees at 2pm.
    Read more about this show. >>

  • 2018 season,  shows

    Current Season

    You can click here to make reservations for our current show, A Little Murder Never Hurt Anyone: Reservations >

    For 2019 we are pleased to present:

    Current Show

    A Little Murder Never Hurt Anyone by Ron Bernas
    At Hallowell City Hall
    Show dates June 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23
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    Tickets 10 for Students and Seniors 12 for Adults
    Reservations Call 207-626-3698 or www.gaslighttheater.org
    Hallowell City Hall Auditorium

    Later this year:

    Shakespeare in the Park with the Augusta Downtown Alliance
    A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    Augusta 15, 16, 17 in Waterfront Park in Augusta
    Read more…

    Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web
    At Hallowell City Hall
    Show dates November 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24
    Read more...

    Earlier this year:

    March

    Two one act Comedies

    “All I Really Need to Know I Learned by Being in a Bad Play” by Werner Trieschmann

    and

    “The Terrible False Deceptions” by Rafe Macpherson

    Show dates:
    March 22, 23, 29 30 at 7:30
    March 24 and 31 at 2 pm
    Read more about these shows. >>

  • show history

    2010’s

    Year Month Production
    2010 March Accomplice [photo album]
    April One-Act Plays [photo album] #235
    June Bells Are Ringing [photo album]
    September Born Yesterday
    November My Three Angels
    2011 February-March Key for Two [photo album]
    April An Evening of One-Act Plays [photo album] #240
    June The Importance of Being Earnest [photo album]
    August-September And Then There Were None [photo album]
    November Cinderella (Enchanted Edition) [photo album]