If you missed the amazing play – “Merrymeeting Monologues” by Stephen Legawiec – produced in the Browns Point Cemetery on June 18, it was filmed and will be shown on September 9 at 7 pm at the Merrymeeting Arts Center (grey building down by river in the village) to open Celebrate Bowdoinham 2016 !
A class of Mt. Ararat High School students with their teacher Emily Vail, read the “Spoon River Anthology” by Edgar Lee Masters last fall. They then worked with Betsy Steen of the Bowdoinham Historical Society to research actual Bowdoinham townspeople of the past and write original epitaphs in the style of the book. These original epitaphs were given to local playwright Stephen Legawiec (head of Ziggurat Theater Ensemble and the Bath/Camden Shakespeare Festivals) who wrote and directed an original play.
Six actors performed the play, including songs, on a sunny day in the Browns Point Cemetery in the middle of the woods. The play was taped by Mark Ireland.
The play is part of a larger project (Hallowed ground, Forgotten Voices) that created an art show (open through Sept 10), an online database of town graves, 2 Community Reads, talks by an historical archaeologist and 2 local authors, a booklet of the play script, and a Cemetery Weekend August 20-21 with guided tours of 3 Bowdoinham Cemeteries. For more information see merrymeetingartscenter.org (or on facebook) and bowdoinhamhistoricalsociety.
The Hallowed Ground, Forgotten Voices Project of the Merrymeeting Arts Center is funded by a major grant from the Maine Humanities Council.