Celebrated Portland playwright Carolyn Gage will be joined by local actors to read scenes from her latest collection Nine Short Plays.
Gage is an award-winning, feminist playwright, who is the author of six books and more than fifty-five plays. Her work is widely produced and she tours nationally and internationally, offering performances and lectures on lesbian culture and history.
Several of the works included in Nine Short Plays have been produced in Maine. Entr’acte, a play about a traumatic event in the life of actress Eva Le Gallienne, was presented at the Space Gallery in Portland, as was Bite My Thumb, a swashbuckling gender-bender about two rival Shakespeare theatre companies. Battered on Broadway, a fantasy about aging female characters from well-known musicals, toured to Auburn for the Maine Association of Community Theatres, and Gage’s anti-war piece, Rules of the Playground was mounted in Rockland and Portland last year.
Gage moved to Maine during the ice storm ten years ago, teaching as a guest lecturer at Bates College for a year. She has also taught at USM and produced women’s theatre in Portland with her company Cauldron & Labrys. “Maine has been a wonderful place to live and write,” says Gage, “because of the tremendous appreciation for the arts that is here, as well as the tradition of respecting free-thinkers.”
So join us on Thursday, April 24th at 7 pm. Wine and cookies will be served. For more information, call 772-4045. (booksense)