Stage East is a community theater which celebrated its 25th year in 2015. It was founded in 1990 when Cornerstone Theater Company, a group of thespians who had met as students at Harvard, came to Eastport to put on a production as part of their mission to bring theater to rural communities. They adapted the Henrik Ibsen play Peer Gynt, into a play that locals could relate to called Pier Gynt. They mixed their own actors with local, many of whom had never acted before, for the production. After Cornerstone left, the locals who had been involved in the production founded Stage East and put on their first production in the fall of 1990, The Playboy of the Western World by John Millington Synge.
Since then, Stage East has produced 3 or 4 productions a year, all with local volunteers from all walks of life. Some familiar productions that Stage East have featured have been Fiddler on the Roof, The Fantastics, The Tempest, A Christmas Carol, Deathtrap, Doubt, The Glass Menagerie and the female version of The Odd Couple.
Stage East looks forward to its 2016 season! Click here to go to the Stage East web site.
Summer 2015: “Almost, Maine” by John Cariani
Stage East presented Almost, Maine by John Cariani from late-July to early-August in 2015. The production told the stories of people in a mythical northern Maine town. The New York Times described it as “… a whimsical approach to the joys and perils of romance. Magical happenings bloom beneath the snowdrifts.” This critically acclaimed play has been produced all over Maine, as well as the United States, and more recently in London.
The cast of eleven included many familiar faces as well as some new additions, and was co-directed by Katie Evans and Carolee N. Bier. The production included a lighting design by Lou Esposito which showcased the Northern Lights.
Spring 2015: “Times Remembered,” Two One-act Plays by Jean Lenox ToddieStage East presented a pair of unusual one-act plays by Jean Lenox Toddie for its spring 2015 production. Collectively titled “Times Remembered,” the plays were “And Go to Innisfree,” and “White Room of My Remembering,” and were directed by Jean Wilhelm.
Several new actors joined Stage East veterans for the production; cast members included: Anna Baskerville, Robb Cook, Gabriel Jeanroy, April Mullins, Melissa Newcomb, Nicole Richards, Caitlyn Stellrecht, and Nancy Tintle.
Fall 2014: “Last of the Boys” by Steven Dietz
Stage East sponsored The Magnificent Liars production of Last of the Boys by Steven Dietz. Founded in 2001 in Pembroke, ME, the Liars have been described as a “rogue operation” and a “maverick band of theatre veterans.” Their objectives are to illuminate the text and to grow as theatre artists by choosing important, sometimes unconventional, material and producing theatre that is an adventure for themselves and their audiences
Dramatists Play Service describes Last of the Boys as follows: “Ben and Jeeter fought in Vietnam, and for thirty years they have remained united by a war that divided the nation. Joined by Jeeter’s new girlfriend and her off-the-grid whiskey-drinking mother, these friends gather at Ben’s remote trailer for one final hurrah. As the night deepens, the past makes a return appearance, and its many ghosts come flickering to life. This is a fierce, funny, haunted play about a friendship that ends—and a war that does not.”
Summer 2014: “Confessions of a Nightingale” by Charlotte Chandler and Ray StricklynStaring Scot Sortman, “Confessions of a Nightingale” is a one-man play about the life and times of Tennessee Williams, based on Charlotte Chandler’s interviews with Williams from her book The Ultimate Seduction.
Spring 2014: “Love, and Other (Natural) Disasters” by Bruce KaneDirected by Anna Baskerville
Six romantic comedy shorts by playwright Bruce Kane.