2015-05-29 / Community

Mad Horse Theatre to hold June productions

Mad Horse Theatre will hold the sixth installment of its “By Local” play series.

Mad Horse’s June “By Local” series will take place between Thursday, June 4 and Monday, June 8. “The Scarlet Letter, (the musical), will appear June 4 and Saturday, June 6. “Vision” will be shown Friday, June 5 and Monday, June 8.

All performances will be at 7:30 p.m. at Mad Horse Theater, 24 Mosher St. in South Portland. Admission is pay what you can. Tickets are available at the door, cash or check only. For more information, visit www.madhorse.com, check out the theater’s Facebook page, or call 747-4148.

Adapted from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s tale, “The Scarlet Letter (the musical)” reverently tells the story of Hester Prynne, a seamstress condemned for adultery in early New England, and the plot of her mysterious husband to root out and torture her lover. Played out against the backdrop of the birth of a nation, this passionate personal drama exposes the dangerous self-inflicted psychological trauma that can come from living by the idealistic expectations of others, rather than remaining true to one’s self.

It is a collaborative work of five coauthors: Stacey Mancine (lyrics, original melodies) and Dan Koloski (compositions) drafted the original work in Washington, D.C., between 1996-2000; Simon Gray (orchestrations, and additional compositions), Michael Bahar (dramaturg, book), and Eric Braverman (book), joined the writing team in 2001.

“Vision,” by Keith Powell Beyland, is a play that unfolds in reverse. The start of each scene travels backward in time – sometimes a few minutes, sometimes decades. It chronicles the rise and fall of a wunderkind minority painter named Joey, who also happened to be blind. Told through the eyes of those who surrounded him, and featuring the music of the singer who most inspired him, the play examines what people see and what they do not.

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