2018-19 Season

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Nunsense by Dan Goggin

Dates: August 14, 2018 - September 2, 2018

Presented by Maine State Music Theatre and Portland Stage.

Winner of four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Off-Broadway Musical, Nunsense is an over-the-top, utterly hilarious international phenomenon starring five nuns who decide to hold a fundraiser after their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, inadvertently poisons 52 sisters.  With the remaining sisters in need of funds for the burial, the intrepid five take over the school gymnasium to hold a variety show to help their dearly departed find a final resting spot. Featuring belting, twirling, tap-dancing nuns, this show will restore your faith in the power of comedy. Join us as we get in the habit of laughing with the Little Sisters of Hoboken. (more…)

Ben Butler by Richard Strand

Dates: Sept 25 - Oct 21, 2018

“…Part comedy, part historical drama and part biography… by turns sarcastic, droll and witty.” — NY Times

When a runaway slave demands sanctuary at a Union Army garrison, the General in charge is faced with a moral quandary: follow the letter of the law, or make a game-changing move that could alter the course of US history? (more…)

Refuge Malja ملجأ by Bess Welden, Arabic translation by Ali Al Mshakheel

Dates: Oct 30 - Nov 18, 2018

When a Jewish-American war photographer feels compelled to assist a young refugee who steps in front her camera,  she calls an old friend to translate but hesitates to reveal why she is so drawn to the boy. This poetic, decade-spanning drama explores how we each define and find our own malja (refuge). Affiliate Artist Bess Welden’s Refuge * Malja * ملجأ was developed at the 2017 Little Festival of the Unexpected.  (more…)

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Dates: Dec 1 - Dec 24, 2018

Celebrate the holidays with this timeless tale that embodies the season: love, family, and the spirit of goodwill. See it brought to life on-stage, with charming costumes, delightful music, and a few ghostly apparitions. This magical production is perfect for the entire family, guaranteed to warm the heart of every Scrooge. Start a family tradition of your own. (more…)

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Dates: Jan 22 - Feb 17, 2019

“The truth is rarely pure, and never simple.” — Oscar Wilde

What’s in a name? Wilde’s masterful comedy follows a young man and his friend on a journey that leads to an unexpected discovery.  Part comedy, part mystery, this story of love, manners and mistaken identity is a classic that never grows old. 

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The Half-Light by Monica Wood

Dates: Feb 26 - Mar 24, 2019

A chance encounter presents a tantalizing question for a college secretary: Can anyone be trained to see the dead? Her dogged pursuit of an answer leads to a far more earthbound challenge when a colleague is felled by grief. A heartwarming drama about love and purpose that examines the ghosts that live within us all. Affiliate Artist Monica Wood is the author of PapermakerThe One-in-a-Million Boy, and When We Were the Kennedys.

The Half-Light will be developed in the 2018 Little Festival of the Unexpected.

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Skeleton Crew by Dominique Morisseau

Dates: Apr 2 - Apr 21, 2019

The future is thrown into uncertainty when rumors seep through a Detroit auto plant at the start of the Great Recession. A makeshift family of workers swap stories, share dreams and make tough choices. Dominique Morisseau, a noted new voice in the American theater, draws comparison to Lorraine Hansberry, August Wilson, and Arthur Miller.

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The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown

Dates: Apr 30 - May 19, 2019

This hit musical by Tony award-winning lyricist Jason Robert Brown deconstructs a love affair and marriage between an aspiring novelist and a struggling actress over five years.  Told almost entirely through song, this piece moves backward and forward through time weaving the beginning and the ending of a love affair. (more…)