The Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series continues with a staged reading, “Five Short Comedies,” a collaborative effort of Stage East and the Lubec Campobello Community Theatre, on February 25 at 3 pm. The comedies all relate to the theme of our need to love and be understood, and will be performed by Damon Weston, Ken Burke, Hoty Briggs, Cookie Repp and Brandy Cogdill. Settings are a St. Petersburg (Russia) apartment; the DMV in Cincinnati, Ohio; a small apartment in Holidaysburg, PA; the Algonquin Hotel in St. Andrews and a social club in Nizhny-Novgorod. Sarah Dalton-Phillips is director; Helen Swallow is producer.

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.

Stage East 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.  Stage East continues to produce popular and thought-provoking plays; more information may be found at stageeast.org.

The Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series is a winter offering of informal and interactive programs every Sunday at 3 pm at Eastport Arts Center. The events are offered by voluntary donation, with proceeds shared equally between the presenters and EAC ongoing program The Concert Series, which offers year-round programming run by volunteers. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. The full series schedule, which runs weekly through early April, skipping Easter Sunday, may be found at eastportartscenter.org/the-concert-series.

Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and at www.eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible. EAC abides by the State of Maine CDC COVID guidelines, revisiting our policy monthly. At this time, the use of masks in our building is optional.