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    Current Season 2020

    PLEASE NOTE: 3/14/20 – Due to concerns about the novel coronavirus our March 14 performance of LAST GAS will be the last of this production. We have decided to cancel all remaining performances of LAST GAS. This was a difficult decision but we feel it the best to err on the side of health and safety.

    People who have made paid reservations can contact us for a refund or make a charitable contribution to the theater company.

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    Since it is Maine’s 200 birthday, we are planning a season of 4 Maine Theme and or written shows- Plays that are by Maine Playwrights or take place in Maine are:

    Last Gas by John Cariani Shows March 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22
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    The World Premiere of ‘Almost Cowgirls’ Original Musical by Valerie Bennett- our Pride Month show , Shows June 18, 19, 20, 21 26, 27, 28

    Whales of August by David Berry Shows August, 14, 15, 16, 21,22,23

    Almost Maine By John Cariani November 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22

    #maine200

    Next Audition information

    Gaslight Theater in Hallowell, Maine will be including in their 2020 season, the new Musical Comedy Almost Cowgirls, by Valerie Bennett. 

    Audition will be March 28th and 29th from 1 to 5 p.m. at City Hall in Hallowell, Maine. The music is canned music. No written music. More info here.

    The performance dates are June 18, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28.
    This is a WORLD PREMIERE!!!! It will be special to be part of this premiere and get you names on the scripts for the rest of all time.

  • 2020Season,  shows

    Last Gas

    SYNOPSIS
    “Last Gas” is the land of last chances. It takes place in very Northern Maine at “Paradis’ Last Convenience Store. Last Gas, Last Food, Last Phone for Forty One Miles”. GAS is a gently unpredictable love story, with a quiet tension under the surface.

    Cariani says “This play is not about the Red Sox. It’s about the quiet things that kill people, the internal what-ifs that we all experience, and the everyday choices that we make without thinking about the consequences that reach far beyond our imaginations or expectations.”

    Nat Paradis is a Red Sox-loving part-time dad who manages Paradis’ Last Convenient Store, the last convenient place to get gas—or anything—before the Canadian border to the north and the North Maine Woods to the west.

    When an old flame returns to town, Nat gets a chance to rekindle a romance he gave up on years ago. But sparks fly as he’s forced to choose between new love and old. LAST GAS takes a hilarious and heartbreakingly hard look at love lost and found, and at what it means to “get back to happy.”

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR
    John Cariani is an American playwright, best known for his first play, Almost, Maine, which premiered at the Portland Stage Company in 2004. It has become one of the most frequently produced plays in the world.

  • 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.

    3 women 8 men

    Here is a description of characters:

    “Spider’s Web” Characters


    Clarissa Hailsham-Brown: Age 25-35. The second wife of Henry Hailsham-Brown, charming and inventive, her imagination tends to work overtime, with some unexpected consequences.

    Jeremy Warrender: Age 25-30. An elegant young man and guest at the Hailsham-Brown’s house, the private secretary for a man much wealthier than he.

    Oliver Costello: Age 40s. He is suspected of shady dealings. None of the other characters like him and neither should the audience – even though he is killed in the first act, his body gets to hang around in the second act.

    Pipa Hailsham-Brown: Clarissa’s young stepdaughter: Age about 12 years old, she exhibits the strong emotional swings of a pre-teen, made worse by a previous family problems, will need to look much younger than Clarissa but strong enough for Clarissa (and the audience) to believe that she could have clobbered Oliver.

    Mildred Peake: She is a big, jolly-looking woman of forty odd, in tweeds and gum boots. The gardener with a hale and hearty attitude, some suspect that she isn’t all there.

    Mr. Elgin: The butler – middle aged. Nothing escapes his attention.

    Henry Hailsham-Brown: Age 40-50s. Clarissa’s husband. A good-looking man of about forty with a rather expressionless face who works in the foreign office, a strong, solid type.

    Constable Jones: Age 20-40s. He and the Inspector have been working together long enough that they understand each other well.

    Sir Rowland Delahaye: Age 50-60. A distinguished gentleman with very definite charm. Clarissa’s guardian, friend, and adviser, he likes to think that he can guide her, but would never admit that she has him wrapped around her little finger.

    Hugo Birch: Age 50-60. The local Justice of the Peace. A rather irascible type who shouldn’t be involved in business like a murder.

    Inspector Lord: Age 40-50s. The wheels are always turning in his brain. Although he doesn’t let on, he doesn’t miss a thing.

  • 2019season

    A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    Shakespeare in the Park with the Augusta Downtown Alliance
    A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    Augusta 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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. >>