Stage East is excited to announce the receipt of a grant in the sum of $5,000 from the Maine Community Foundation’s Theater Fund. This is the second consecutive year that Stage East has received support from Maine Community Foundation. The funds last year were in support of the organization’s training and recruitment efforts, which brought many new artists into the fold and increased the skills of longtime affiliates. This year’s funds are earmarked to support the Executive Artistic Director position, which is the theater’s first full-time staff position. 

The Pirates of Eastport confront a family of tourists in Away Down East (A Wicked Good Time), a musical with book by Mark Macey and music and lyrics by Beth Goodliff, premiered by Stage East in June 2022. The community theater, in the midst of its 31st season, has received a $5,000 grant from Maine Community Foundation. Photo by Lauren Koss. 

Mark Macey, who fills that role, had this to say about the news: 

“When I arrived here three and a half years ago, I saw a theater with a rich history and a small but dedicated corps of volunteers. Today, I am looking at a theater that is on the cusp of a renaissance. This was accomplished through the great efforts and dedication of many artists, craftspeople, organizational partners, and of course particularly, the Maine Community Foundation. A heart-felt thank you to all of you who have made and continue to make this theater and this community prosper.” 

Pool (No Water) by Mark Ravenhill, a dark comedy, was staged in the round in February 2022 by Stage East. The community theater, in the midst of its 31st season, has received a $5,000 grant from Maine Community Foundation. Photo by Leslie Bowman.

Stage East’s next show is the original work, Panopticon. An examination of power, this wild romp through the history of the penal system is complete with French disco, a felt puppet’s demise, and a philosophical fist fight. Performances are March 17-19 and 24-26. Tickets will be available in February at stageeast.org

Stage East is a constituent group of Eastport Arts Center, where creativity and community meet. 

Headquartered in Ellsworth, with additional personnel in Portland, Dover-Foxcroft, Rockport, and Mars Hill, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to provide strong investments, personalized service, local expertise, and strategic giving to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. To learn more about the foundation, visit www.mainecf.org.

Get the garlic! Dracula goes in for a bite of Mina in Dracula: The Musical? by Rick Abbot, a comedic retelling of the classic horror tale presented by Stage East in October 2022.