2012-03-09 / Community

Mad Horse production begins Thursday

Mad Horse Theatre Company out of South Portland will present “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds,” by Paul Zindel. The play opens Thursday and runs Thursday to Sunday through April 1 at Lucid Stage in Portland.

Zindel’s work, which won an Obie Award, a New York Drama Critics Circle Award, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, tells the story of single mother Beatrice Hunsdorfer and her teenage daughters, Ruth and Matilda. Abandoned by her husband and saddled with two children, Beatrice hates the world. She thinks she just needs the right opportunity and everything will get better. Older sister Ruth knows the reputation her mother has around town, but she seems sadly fated to repeat her mother’s mistakes in her own life. Shy Matilda, or Tillie, is the joke of her school and her family, until a teacher opens her eyes to the wonders of science. When Tilllie’s project on the effect of gamma rays on man-in-the-moon marigold seeds is chosen for the school science fair, the dysfunctional family dynamic comes to a head.

The cast includes Mad Horse Theatre Company Artistic Director Christine Louise Marshall, North Yarmouth Academy senior Ruth Gray, Bonny Eagle High School sophomore Veronica Druchniak, Waynflete sophomore Nora Daly and Maine theater community stalwart Muriel Kenderdine.

Show times for the first two weeks are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. There will be a “Talk Back” with the director and actors immediately following the matinee on March 25.

A silent auction to benefit Mad Horse Theatre Company will coincide with all performances. However, show times for the third week have been adjusted to allow patrons to attend pre-show auction receptions. Showtimes for the third week are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m., and Sunday at 6 p.m.

For more information, call 899-3993.

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