This is our Mid-year Update
After we cut the run of “Last Gas’ short early on in the year, the path of the pandemic remained unknown and we had been waiting for some idea of what the future possibilities are. We still don’t know what the future looks like.
We have postponed our entire 2020 season and will be moving “The Whales of August” and “Almost Maine” to the second half of next year.
Between now and then, we are looking at some plays with a single actor and a small tech crew.
We are also looking at reader’s theater. Our home venue, Hallowell City Hall, is not available at this time. It is not yet known when it may be. Social distancing for the safety of our cast, crew, and patrons is a priority and will reduce the size of audiences and will guide us as we look forward to presenting and acting again.
Fear not, we will return because.
We Miss You.
We Miss working the Boards.
We Miss the Social fun that is Theater.
Whales of August by David Berry – Postponed until 2021 season.
Almost Maine By John Cariani – Postponed until 2021 season.
“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.
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.
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
“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
Time Period: 1930s
Setting: A large American prison during the summer of 1938.
Features / Contains: Period Costumes
THE VOICE OF THE LORELEI
JIM ALLISON (Canary Jim)
BOSS WHALEN – the warden
JACK BRISTOL (Sailor Jack)
SCHULTZ – a guard
MCBURNEY – a guard
OLIVER ARMSTEAD (Ollie)
JEREMY TROUT (Swifty)
GUARDS, CONVICTS, TROOPERS
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.
You can click here to make reservations for our fall show, Spider’s Web: Reservations >
Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web
At Hallowell City Hall
Show dates November 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24
Tickets 10 for Students and Seniors 12 for Adults
Reservations Call 207-626-3698 or www.gaslighttheater.org
Hallowell City Hall Auditorium
Earlier this year:
Shakespeare in the Park with the Augusta Downtown Alliance
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Augusta 16, 17 in Waterfront Park in Augusta
A Little Murder Never Hurt Anyone by Ron Bernas
At Hallowell City Hall
Show dates June 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23
Two one act Comedies
“All I Really Need to Know I Learned by Being in a Bad Play” by Werner Trieschmann
“The Terrible False Deceptions” by Rafe Macpherson
March 22, 23, 29 30 at 7:30
March 24 and 31 at 2 pm
Read more about these shows. >>
In 2017 … Governesses, Gumshoes, Shakespeare, Sherlock and Sardines
The Chalk Garden by Enid Bagnold. When dowager Mrs. St. Maugham and her precocious granddaughter Laurel meet the enigmatic Miss Madrigal, the new governess, will the garden bloom or burn? March 3rd through 12th.
Noises Off by Michael Frayn. Have you ever wondered what goes on backstage in a door-slamming, sardine-juggling, wardrobe-malfunctioning British farce? You’ll find out. June 16th through 25th.
Baskerville by Ken Ludwig. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson must crack the mystery of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” before a family curse dooms its newest heir. But not before the audience dissolves in laughter from this murderously funny treatment of Conan Doyle’s masterpiece. August 18th through 27th.
Forsooth, My Lovely by David Belke. Haven’t you always wanted to mash up the film noir world of Raymond Chandler with Shakespeare’s most memorable characters? There, you see? Mr. Belke has done it for you. October 27th through November 5th.
All evening performances at 7:30 p.m, matinees at 2:00 p.m.