05/04/16 – The Maine Playwrights Festival is entering its fifteenth year as Maine’s premiere incubator for new scripts by local playwrights. This year’s edition is once again directed by Founding Artistic Director Michael Levine and Daniel Burson, and features Playwright-in-Residence William Donnelly. Over the course of the MPF's first 14 years, we have presented 148 plays by 89 different playwrights, many of whom had have plays that originated at the MPF go on to be produced in NYC. The MPF’s emphasis has always been on providing playwrights with the opportunity to hear their words come to life during a rehearsal process with a professional director and local actors, a process that culminates with a weekend of fully-staged public performances.
Don't miss this years festival, running May 4-7th at St. Lawrence Arts!
CLICK HERE to read about the selected plays in the 2016 MPF
CLICK HERE for the 2016 MPF Performance Schedule and Tickets
To Purchase Tickets online please visit http: www. maineplaywrightsfestival.org
Wednesday, May 4 at 7:30pm *
Thursday, May 5 at 7:30pm
Friday, May 6 at 7:30pm
Saturday, May 7 at 3:30pm
Saturday, May 7 at 7:30pm
$16 general admission ($14 students and seniors)
* followed by a talk back with MPF's Playwright-in-Residence William Donnelly
The 24-Hour Portland Theater Project – Sunday, May 8th at 7:30pm/$10 all ages
05/13/16 – Second star to the right and dance straight on ‘til morning! Miss your opportunity to see Vivid Motion’s sold out Peter Pan the first time? Well, bangarang! Peter, Wendy, Tinkerbell, Hook, and all of your favorite characters are back for an encore run of Vivid Motion’s family dance show Peter Pan!
Proceeds will be donated to The Center for Grieving Children.
Shows: 5/13 @ 7:30, 5/14 @ 2:30 & 7:30, 5/15 @ 2:30.
Tickets: $13 adults/$6 kids under 13
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05/19/16 – Join us Thursday, May 19th for multi-artist, three set contemporary flamenco show showcasing the talents of Gregoíre de la Costa & Lindsey Bourassa, Tom Kovacevic, and Snaex.
Flamenco guitarist and composer Gregoíre Pearce and contemporary flamenco dancer and choreographer Lindsey Bourassa of Bourassa Dance are a flamenco duo based in Portland, Maine. Creating and performing all original music and dance works, they honor and adhere to the traditions of flamenco while simultaneously flexing the boundaries of the art form, integrating unique artistic, conceptual and contemporary visions into their work. This collaboration is an exciting artistic exchange of original compositions and choreography. They will be performing works from Gregoíre Pearce’s new album Pluviophile (2015), as well as selected works from Bourassa Dance’s newest contemporary-flamenco production entitled El Lobo y La Paloma.
Tom Kovacevic makes original music using the oud and his voice. The oud is the Arabic fretless lute, the forerunner of the guitar, and still the most popular instrument in the Arab world. Tom uses the instrument in an original way, while still trying to bring out the richness of its sound, while singing evocative words, in a unique blending of America, African and Arab styles.
Snaex is the Portland based musical project of Chris Teret, a Baltimore native and founder of 'Company' and Chriss Sutherland, life-long Mainer and common spirit of Cerberus Shoal, Fire on Fire, and Olas.
05/21/16 – SOMEWHERE BETWEEN: NOT AN ORDINARY LIFE is an autobiographical solo show written and performed by two-time Grammy nominee Cidny Bullens.
05/23/16 – We are so excited to open our new Monday Night Jazz Series with a performance featuring Kate Campbell Strauss & Friends. KCS&F plays jazz and blues with a soulful flair. The band features Kate Campbell Strauss on saxophone, Bess Berg on piano, Scott Morrison on bass, and Per Hanson on drums.
Kate Campbell Strauss’s devotion to jazz saxophone began when she heard Sonny Rollins perform near her hometown of Shutesbury, MA at the age of 8. Kate’s musical family introduced her to tunes by the jazz greats and encouraged her to explore jazz on her own and through lessons. Currently, Kate nurtures her interest in the cultural power of music by teaching lessons and through community outreach projects. She is an integral part of the Southern Maine music scene, both as a founder of several groups and as a session musician in a variety of local bands.
Pianist and vocalist Bess Berg left behind a career in computer sciences to return to her home state of Maine in 2014 as a full-time musician. While piano and voice are her native instruments, she also plays fiddle (picked up while living abroad in Ireland on a music fellowship) and once played accordion in a tango band.
Drummer Per Hanson is a long-standing New England music icon, revered by musicians and audiences alike. While most widely recognized for his blues drumming, Per enjoys playing many styles, including R&B, country and jazz.He spent many years on the road and in recording studios as a founding member of Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters, with James Cotton, and David Maxwell to name a few.
Bassist Scott Morrison brings a soulful, funky sound and style with influences ranging from James Jamerson to Willie Dixon, from George Porter to Flea. Scott cut his teeth in the Boston-based blues/R&B scene of the mid-1980s, sharing the stage and backing local, regional and national acts including Watermelon Slim, Earring George Mayweather, Shirley Lewis, Tom Hambridge, Stovall Brown, Madeleine Hall and Sax Gordon Beadle.
05/26/16 – Sample the new batch of Victor Ale while supporting St. Lawrence Arts. Live Outdoor Concert by Raging Brass Reggae a 7-piece brass band paying tribute to 1960s Jamaican Ska, Rocksteady and Roots Reggae, amazing food by Rosemont Market & Bakery and lots of great beer!
Don’t miss the fun, Thursday, May 26. Become a Beer Committee Member to be a VIP at the event!
06/03/16 – THE BLUES PROPHETS AND SOME GUYS BAND
DW Gill and The Blues Prophets playing Chicago Styled Blues for everyone to enjoy!!
These guys have been rocking the scene for four decades and show no signs of slowing down. As a teenager, David "DW" Gill learned to play his blues harp down by the train tracks. He must have picked Jeff Davison from one of the first trains through, because Jeff keeps the band together with a steady locomotion shuffle rhythm. Follow that with a walloping dose of Doug Wainoris on heartfelt guitar, Jake Isaacson on absolute Chicago piano & organ, and Jack Tukey on a tasty bass. Absorb the timeless soul that these blue tunes bring those who listen, especially from the likes of these prophets.
Albums quintessential for any blues fan, the band has shared the stage with many a legend; Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor, James Cotton, Eddie Kirkland, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Professor Longhair, Bonnie Raitt and Pinetop Perkins top the long list. They still play in many great formats in the New England Area and their CD, "Keep On Jukin'" is now available!
Portland based group 'Some Guys Band' will open the evenings performance. The band features Guy Gaudette on Guitar, Bass, Vocals,
Andrew Gaudette on Bass, Guitar, Vocals and Doug Doherty on percussion.
Listen to The Blues Prophets by clicking HERE
06/04/16 – Elizabeth Peavey's acclaimed one-woman show returns to St. Lawrence Arts!!!
Celebrated Maine author Elizabeth Peavey returns to the St. Lawrence Arts in Portland on Saturday, June 4th and Sunday the 5th with her hilarious and heartbreaking one-woman show, “My Mother's Clothes Are Not My Mother,” which won the 2013 Maine Literary Award for Best Drama.
“My Mother’s Clothes” is performed in a series of connected monologs by Peavey as she confronts the following: Losing a parent is difficult enough. Losing your final parent presents an additional challenge: What are you supposed to do with all your family's stuff? For months, she avoided wading through her late mother's things. But when her mom's condo sells, she's forced to reckon with its contents. As she does, objects surface, triggering memories from her childhood. Possessions she once thought would be easy to chuck - the Polynesian hors d'oeuvre platter, the outdated evening coat, the milk glass and tea cups - suddenly take on epic stature, forcing the question: How do we know when to let go?
For more information on Elizabeth Peavey visit her website: http://elizabethpeavey.com
06/06/16 – We're excited to welcome singer/songwriter Mark Erelli to Portland ME to perform with us at St. Lawrence Arts!
Even today, its possible to write songs honestly and intelligently, arrange them with a sensitive ear and sing in a way that brings their stories to life. We know this, in part, because thats what Mark Erelli does. In his quiet way, the Boston-based singer/songwriter has gathered and grown a following that values these qualities. Which is why it's seemed too long to too many since Erelli's last album of original material.
The long wait is over with the release of For A Song, a bouquet of new songs that reflect where this artist has arrived, personally and professionally. From introspective ballads to celebrations of loves allure, these 12 songs stand-alone as eloquent statements and together as a meditation on life in all its dimensions.
06/10/16 – Five musicians who connected in Maine's musical melting pot, Downeast Soul Coalition has been serving up a tasty and original blend of soul, funk, blues, and R&B since 2012. Each member of the band brings a wealth of musical talents and influences to the band's high-energy performances. Anchored by funky bassist frontman Scott Morrison and driven by the relentless grooves of Nancy Durham, DSC's tight sound features scorching guitar playing by Nelson Nadeau, the soulful saxophone of Kate Campbell Strauss, and a healthy dose of B3 from Dr. Mike Vaughan. DSC has produced and released two albums, which have received airplay on WMPG, WBLM, and WHUS. The band continues to attract a loyal following and moves audiences at clubs, festivals, and parties throughout Maine.
06/25/16 – Join us on Sat. June 25th at 7PM as we host a special 75 Birthday Tribute showcase for the one and only Bob Dylan!
'Magic 8 Ball' is an intimate 4-piece band.Singer/songwriters Chris Moore, Ben Hunsberger, Ted DeMille and ace bassman Chris Dombrowski have combed through the catalogue and come together to arrange and interpret a variety of Dylan tunes, old and new. With reverent nods to The Band, The Rolling Thunder Review, and all the artists who've covered Dylan's material, Magic 8 Ball presents their collective take on Bob songs with loving sincerity, honestly, and good humor.
Magic 8 Ball - signs point to yes.
07/15/16 – PORTopera Young Artists series - rising young professional opera singers who will present, The Medium.
One of Menotti's best known operas, The Medium premiered in 1945. It is a gripping story about Madam Flora, who, with her daughter Monica and a servant boy, Toby, stages séances for clients seeking contact with loved ones who have died. During one session, Madam Flora suddenly finds herself haunted and terrified. Her subsequent paranoia and loss of reason result in a tragic end - and leave the audience to question...what was reality? Menotti's riveting music ranges from the lyrically beautiful to the highly dramatic.