News Feature

Blue Hill
Originally published in Compass, September 4, 2014
Actors sought for new play

People with acting talent from Hancock County and nearby are invited to audition for a touring production of the new play A Natural Fractal by William Nelson. Eight male and female characters ranging in age from their 20s to their 60s are needed. Based in Blue Hill, the production is planned to open in Stonington in mid-October and tour venues in the larger area on weekends up to Thanksgiving, according to a news release. Rehearsals begin September 15.

The two-act play takes place in the summer of 2012 in a Maine city. On Tuesday evenings a mixed bunch gathers in an art gallery to phone-bank for marriage equality. Drawn together by a common cause, the volunteers find the realities of the campaign are more than they expected.

Female roles include a stylish political operative, a mouthy mama bear, a mistrustful college student and a devoted mother. Male parts include a young couple with divergent political views, a disillusioned professional, and the worldly owner of the gallery.

Heading the production is Wendy Wincote Schweikert of Blue Hill, who directed The Lion in Winter; Proof; Almost, Maine; and Metamorphoses for the Belfast Maskers. More recently, Schweikert has contributed in various capacities to Stonington’s Opera House Arts and turned heads “Dancing with the Stars” at the charity benefit at The Grand.

Open auditions will be held Friday, September 5, at the Down East Family YMCA, 238 State Street in Ellsworth, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Actors will read from the script. Due to the widespread nature of the production, allowance will be provided for actors’ travel expenses.

Production help backstage and with lighting is also needed. Stop by the auditions or call if interested. For further information, contact Schweikert at 374-2521 or