Stage East’s spring production, Panopticon, premieres this month in the Eastport Arts Center’s downstairs space. The show, an irreverent history of the prison system, is written and directed by Stage East’s executive artistic director, Mark Macey and based off the work of French philosopher Michel Foucault.

Lindy and Damon Weston discuss what to do about Brian Schuth’s abysmal acting in a scene from Panopticon.

Challenged to describe the show in one word, the cast of four came up with these descriptors: “Thought-provoking” (Rosalie Woodward); “Pun-ishing” (Brian Schuth); “Outrageous” (Lindy Weston); and “Scorching” (Damon Weston).

Lindy Weston as American intellectual Noam Chomsky (left) gets ready to face down Brian Schuth as French Philosopher, Michel Foucault.

In an extended three-week run, performances will began the weekend of March 17-19 and continue the weekends of March 24-26 and March 31-April 2. All performances will take place at 7 pm; there are no matinees.

Damon Weston struts his stuff as Uncle Bill.

Seating is extremely limited and patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets ($16) in advance online at stageeast.org. Panopticon deals with adult themes and includes descriptions of graphic violence and strong language.

Damon Weston is interrogated as Brian Schuth looms in the background.

Stage East is a constituent group of Eastport Arts Center, a handicapped-accessible venue, at 36 Washington Street, Eastport. EAC abides by State of Maine CDC COVID guidelines, revisiting our policy monthly. At this time, EAC encourages people to wear masks when in our building.