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Laugh Lab: Now Live!

Island Fellow Mark Macey’s educational romp through the history and practice of sketch comedy, which began with a 5-part series on YouTube, will now center around a weekly writing group on Zoom. Classes are held every Thursday at 7 pm, and may be joined via this link: https://islandinstitute.zoom.us/j/91385707270 You can … [Read More]

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Laugh Lab Moves to Zoom

Island Fellow Mark Macey’s educational romp through the history and practice of sketch comedy, which began with a 5-part series on YouTube, will now center around a weekly writing group on Zoom. Classes are held every Thursday at 6:30 pm. You can check out  Mark’s YouTube channel for past classes, or view … [Read More]

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Stage East’s ‘Life in Washington County’ Project Entering Final Lap

Stage East’s latest project, ‘Life in Washington County‘, an all-digital collaboration directed and produced by Mark Macey, has attracted a group of more than 30 participants. With an online opening planned for next month, the piece will consist of a series of videos, each containing contributions from four people: … [Read More]

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Stage East’s Comedy Appreciation Class ‘All About Having a Good Laugh’

Laugh Lab, now an online course, takes participants through the ins-and-outs of watching, reading, and writing comedic sketches. The class, run by Mark Macey, was originally focused on improv comedy. “We always intended to move into sketch comedy,” Macey said, “and now seemed like the perfect opportunity.” Weekly installments … [Read More]

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Laugh Lab Offers Online Sketch Comedy Class

Stage East’s Laugh Lab is now being presented online! All are invited to join in and learn how to watch, read, and write short comedic sketches. Check out the first video here! Please note organizer Mark Macey’s disclaimer about the class, which will include pausing the lesson to watch clips … [Read More]

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Poets’ Correspondence Inspires Playwright, Production Team

Coming into fruition after a rehearsal period of nearly 7 months, Stage East and Magnificent Liars’ Dear Elizabeth ran February 14-23, offering theatergoers a nuanced, immersive experience of Sarah Ruhl’s play about the friendship of poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, written using only text from the poets’ letters … [Read More]

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Stage East & The Magnificent Liars present: Dear Elizabeth

Stage East is preparing for the first production of 2020, jointly with The Magnificent Liars, Sarah Ruhl’s Dear Elizabeth. A play about an extraordinary 30 year friendship between two of the greatest American literary figures of the 20th century, Dear Elizabeth is composed entirely from the correspondence between the … [Read More]

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Area Teens Study Physical Comedy

Mark Macey, EAC and Stage East’s Island Institute Fellow, is presenting a series workshops for high school drama clubs, focusing on physical comedy, a performance mode where movement is the primary method of storytelling. Calais High School and Shead High School groups’ workshops were held in January. Washington Academy … [Read More]

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Stage East’s Laugh Lab

Come split your sides at Stage East’s LAUGH LAB at the Eastport Arts Center, resuming on January 14, 6:30-8 pm, and continuing weekly on Tuesdays. Island Institute fellow Mark Macey leads this recurring class which incorporate improv, sketch comedy, and clowning. Participants will work to develop a sense of … [Read More]

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Newcomers and Veterans Alike Drawn to Stage East’s ‘Wonderful Life’ 

With a swift rehearsal period of just one month, and only Saturday afternoons for the first three weeks, Stage East’s It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play was a chance for a group of 20 performers to participate, without a production’s usual staggering time commitment, in a crowd-pleasing … [Read More]

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The work of Eastport Arts Center is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. The work of Eastport Arts Center is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.