Dramatic readings series opens at Farnsworth

Jan 01, 2017
Paul and Jennifer Hodgson, pictured in Everyman Rep’s production of “Rabbit Hole,” will present a staged reading of Stephen Sachs’ “Bakersfield Mist” Saturday afternoon, Jan. 14, at the Farnsworth Art Museum.

Rockland — The Farnsworth Art Museum, in partnership with Camden’s Everyman Repertory Theatre, will present a dramatic reading of Stephen Sachs’ “Bakersfield Mist” Saturday, Jan. 14, at 1 p.m. in the downtown museum’s auditorium.

The reading is the first in a series of three dramatic readings titled Art on Stage: Everyman Rep at the Farnsworth. “Sofonisba” by Callie Kimball will be read Saturday, Feb. 11; and “Animals Out of Paper” by Rajiv Joseph will round out the series Saturday, March 4.

“Bakersfield Mist” finds Maude, a 50-something unemployed bartender living in a trailer park, having recently bought a painting for a few bucks from a thrift store. Despite almost trashing it, she’s now convinced it’s a lost masterpiece by Jackson Pollock worth millions. But when world-class art expert Lionel Percy flies over from New York and arrives at her trailer home in Bakersfield to authenticate the painting, he has no idea what he is about to discover.

Inspired by true events, this hilarious and thought-provoking comedy-drama asks vital questions about what makes art and people truly authentic. Playwright Sachs is the co-founder and artistic director of the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles. “Bakersfield Mist” enjoyed a three-month run on London’s West End starring Kathleen Turner and Ian McDiarmid; and it won the 2012 Elliot Norton Award for Best New Play.

This reading will feature Jennifer Hodgson as Maude and Paul Hodgson as Lionel Percy; and the reading will be directed by David Troup. Everyman Repertory Theatre is a professional theater company based in Camden whose mission is to present high quality, creative and engaging theater for people from all age groups living in Midcoast Maine through the efforts of a corps of professional actors, designers and directors.

The fee for this program is $12, $10 for Farnsworth members. Advance tickets are for sale in the Farnsworth museum store or main lobby admission desk. Will-call tickets may be purchased at farnsworthmuseum.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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