EAC’s Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series will continue on March 12 at 3 pm with the Lubec Campobello Community Theatre’s dramatized reading of The Last Priest by David Walter Hall. Directed by Sarah Dalton-Phillips and produced by Helen Swallow, the play will feature readers from Lubec, Campobello, Pembroke and Eastport: Peter Frewen, Suzannah Gale, Brian Schuth, Barbara Smith and Jenie M. Smith. The script is the story of Jean Meslier, a Catholic priest in 18th Century France. For more than forty years, he fulfilled his clerical duties to his rural parish, then secretly authored an angry, atheistic ‘testament.’ In it, he examined and condemned the monarchy, the feudal order and the church hierarchy. In the play he is visited by Voltaire, Madame de Pompadour and an executioner, discussing life, death and morality. When the Testament is discovered, the lives of the priest and his close friends are drastically changed, and the Enlightenment is advanced.
The Last Priest ran for a month in London’s West End in 2007, and was well received. It was reviewed by The Guardian and The Independent Catholic Review.
The Lubec Campobello Community Theatre presented its first production in 2004. Among the group’s credits are multiple stagings of A Christmas Carol, plays including The Mousetrap, Blithe Spirit, The Importance of Being Ernest, Under Milkwood, and The Cocktail Party, four Shakespeare adaptations for children’s theater, and variety shows, including the popular “Christmas Pudding” program of seasonal music and readings to benefit the Lubec Library.
Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center programs are held in Eastport Arts Center’s cozy downstairs Washington Street Gallery, amidst rotating exhibitions. Admission is by voluntary donation; proceeds are shared equally between the presenters and EAC constituent group The Concert Series, which offers year-round programming run by volunteers. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport. EAC abides by the State of Maine CDC COVID guidelines, revisiting our policy monthly. Additionally, at this time, the EAC encourages people to wear masks when in our building.