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Community Theatre for 30 Years


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 each summer as well as a special New Years Eve production.

We are always looking for people who are interested in participating in a production.  There are many jobs that are essential for the production of a play. Almost all of them behind the scenes. You don’t have to have any experience:  just a willingness to learn and to put in some hours (amount of time depending on the job).  Some of the jobs include:
publicity, distribution of posters, deliver/pickup posters and programs at printers, stage management. obtaining props, placing the props on the stage during the play, house management, bringing food for the reception, selling tickets at the front door, lighting design, lighting techs, running the light board, sound effect design, sound tech, running the sound board, directing and producing.

Young Playwright’s Career Boosted by Weeklong Residency with Stage East

Stage East’s inaugural Jay Skriletz Playwriting Initiative came to a satisfying end over two nights of staged readings on May 6th & 7th. Wilder Fray Short, the winning playwright, had warm regards for his time in Eastport workshopping his play In the 45th.  The initiative included a week-long workshop led … [Read More]

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Skriletz Prize Winner Announced, Staged Readings Coming Up May 6-7

Stage East has announced that winner of the inaugural Jay Skriletz Playwriting Initiative is Wilder Fray Short, a Bowdoin student, and his script, In the 45th. Short will visit Eastport for a week-long workshop with Stage East; his play will be presented for the public as a staged reading … [Read More]

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Fairies, Ogres and Pop Culture? Cobscook Institute Visited EAC for Stage East Workshop

Cobscook Institute students visited Eastport Arts Center on April 5 for a special workshop with Stage East. The students’ goal was to learn about how a show comes together, and in particular how a piece is blocked. As part of a theater unit, the group read the script She … [Read More]

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Stage East Auditions—for an Original Musical!—Coming Up Saturday, April 16

Stage East is excited to announce auditions for its upcoming original musical Away Down East (A Wicked Good Time!) composed by Elizabeth H. Nichols-Goodliff and Directed by Lauren “L” Elwood. Drop-in auditions will take place on Saturday, April 16th from 1-3 pm on a first come, first served basis. … [Read More]

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Recently in the Sunday Series: LaVallee’s Carving Talk (Video Available!) and Staged Reading

The Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series is in full swing, with its winter-busting variety of programs. Roland LaVallee, the sixth in the series, gave a talk on February 20. “Roland gave an entertaining presentation of his journey into wood carving,” noted attendee Barb Smith, “beginning with his … [Read More]

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Stage East’s ‘pool (no water)’ Runs through March 13; Check Out a Video Trailer with the Cast!

“… A fascinating story of artistic frustration. Friends of a celebrated artist join her in her home and party like the old days when they were all struggling to get by. When she suffers a freak accident, they stay to help her convalesce but cannot contain the jealousy that … [Read More]

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Staged Reading with Cast of 6 Set for Last Sunday in February

EAC’s Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series will continue with a Stage East staged reading at 3 pm, Sunday, February 27, of Just Give Me Ten Minutes (3 one act plays and 3 monologues), a comedy by Tor Alexander Valenza. The cast includes JJ Arroyo, last seen in Stay, Carl Stay (2020); … [Read More]

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Skriletz Playwriting Initiative Accepting Submissions Through March 1

Stage East is excited to announce a deadline extension for the Jay Skriletz Playwriting Initiative. The new deadline for submissions is March 1st.  The statewide competition caters to young Mainers in hopes of providing production experience to early career playwrights. The winning writer will receive a $1,000 prize and … [Read More]

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Sneak Peek! Stage East Shares ‘Almost, Maine’ Teaser

Stage East’s run of Almost, Maine will conclude with three performances this weekend—7 pm on Friday, December 31 and Saturday, January 1 and 2 pm on Sunday, January 2. Meanwhile, theater fans can whet their appetites with this teaser, featuring rehearsal footage and music from the Moose Island House … [Read More]

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Almost, Maine Cast to Perform New Year’s Weekend

The cast and crew of Almost, Maine would like to wish everyone Season’s Greetings! Taking a well-deserved holiday break after their first three shows, the actors will resume performances on Friday December 31 and Saturday January 1 at 7 p.m., concluding the run with a matinee on January 2 … [Read More]

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