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Stage East Staged Reading: THE LOST KEITH HARING MURAL OR HOW TO SURVIVE THE APOCALYPSE
September 15, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Stage East is proud to present the first public staged reading of Robert Savina’s original play THE LOST KEITH HARING MURAL OR HOW TO SURVIVE THE APOCALYPSE, on Sunday, September 15, at 2 pm, at Eastport Arts Center (please note the earlier-than-usual matinee time). Many in Washington County know Savina, who was formerly a resident and remains a frequent visitor. His produced plays include Four Brothers, Wheels Over Indian Trails, and Whiskeyville. Savina has also worked as a Production Designer for independent feature films for the past 15 years in New York City and Louisiana.
This semi-autobiographical play concerns a mural by Keith Haring that was painted in an converted old convent on the Upper West Side of New York City. As the play begins, the church has decided to sell the building and the artwork is danger of being destroyed by real estate developers. The building’s tenants are forced out until only one is left: Savina, who begins a legal battle to remain and to protect the mural. The legal battle and fate of the mural were featured in many publications at the time, including Newsweek magazine and NPR.
The play explores Keith Haring’s life through excerpts from a 1989 Rolling Stone interview with Haring by best-selling author David Sheff, of Beautiful Boy and the screenplay for the 2018 film. Savina’s own life is explored through episodes with his psychotherapist as he struggles with the legal battle over the mural.
THE LOST KEITH HARING MURAL OR HOW TO SURVIVE THE APOCALYPSE is directed by Mack Earl Moody and features Robert Savina, Zach Smith and Brian Schuth as readers. Admission is by a suggested donation of $5, with a portion of the proceeds going to Downeast Hospice. Please note that the play contains adult themes and language, and some material may not be suitable for children.
Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and at www.eastportartscenter.org, and is fully handicapped-accessible.