Island Theatre is excited to present a dramatic reading of Augusta by Richard Dresser at the Bainbridge Public Library on December 3rd and 4th. Show times are 7:30 p.m. both nights. Admission is by donation with a suggested $5 minimum donation.
Augusta is a comedy with a dark edge. Molly and Claire clean houses for wealthy summer people on the coast of Maine but their world is rocked by the appearance of Jimmy, their new boss who is alternately abusive and seductive. The three find themselves in a relationship filled with twists, turns, betrayals, power grabs, moral dilemmas, and, ultimately, a startling crime which provides an unexpected ray of hope.
Richard Dresser’s seventeen published plays have been produced in New York, regional theater, and Europe. Augusta is the first of a trilogy of plays about happiness and class in America.
Augusta is directed by Steve Stolee and features Islanders Sabrina Fiander, Cathy Richards-Ingram and Dustin Ingram. It is recommended for high school age and up.
“A thought-provoking premise, a social conscience, and a lot of funny lines” – Boston Globe
This is the first in-person production since Covid and Island Theatre is thrilled to finally be bringing “Island Theatre at the Library” back to the Library. Audience members will appreciate the new, higher stage, which provides better visibility and was purchased with a grant from Bainbridge Community Foundation, and the improved lighting, which was made possible by the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island.
About Island Theatre
The idea for Island Theatre came about in 1994 by Louise Mills and friend Michele McCrackin. Their first production, The Play’s the Thing by P.G. Wodehouse (adapted from a play by Ferenc Molnár) was performed in the Bainbridge High School auditorium. It was a huge success, and at a dinner for the cast and crew, held at the end of the successful show run, they decided to start a theatre company.
Island Theatre was born and named at a meeting later that year. The first board members were Mary Braden, Steve Buechler, Kate Carruthers, Michele McCrackin, Louise Mills, Steve Nicolet, and Cynthia Sears, with Steve Stolee serving as its first president. In 1995, Island Theatre became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and produced its first official play.
With some exceptions, Island Theatre productions are free to the community, with donations gratefully accepted. Since its inception, Island Theatre has presented close to 200 plays at the Bainbridge Public Library or on another stage, such as Bainbridge Performing Arts.
The Island Theatre provides high-quality theater in intimate settings for adults who like to think. Regular schedules include bi-monthly staged play readings at the Bainbridge Public Library; potluck play-readings in private homes at which guests are welcome to read a part, and the annual Island Theatre Ten-Minute Play Festival.
Run entirely by volunteers, Island Theatre is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization supported by donations, the Bainbridge Community Foundation, the City of Bainbridge Island Cultural Fund, the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island, and One Call for All. For more information, visit their website at www.IslandTheatre.org.
Media Contact: Steve Stolee, (206) 696-6960, SteveStolee@gmail.com
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