Local face in Heartwood drama

Jan 13, 2013
Dwight Burtis of Thomaston plays novelist Franklin Woolsey in Heartwood’s January drama, “Ghost-Writer” by Michael Hollinger.

Newcastle — Dwight Burtis of Thomaston will make his Heartwood Theater Company debut in “Ghost-Writer,” an engaging and award winning play by Michael Hollinger, opening Friday, Jan. 18, for a two-weekend run at the Parker B. Poe Theater of Lincoln Academy on Academy Hill.

Joining Burtis in the three-character play are Heartwood regulars Dixie Weisman of Newcastle and Millie Santiago of West Boothbay, all directed by Griff Braley. In this engrossing, old-fashioned drama, novelist Franklin Woolsey (Burtis) dies mid-sentence, but his secretary Myra (Santiago) “continues to take dictation.” Attacked by skeptics, the press and Woolsey's jealous widow (Weisman), Myra sets out to prove she is more than just an artful forger. Perhaps she is attempting to steal Woolsey's legacy now that she cannot have his love … or perhaps she truly possesses a gift the world cannot understand.

Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays, Jan. 18, 19, 25 and 26, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays, Jan. 20 and 27, at 3 p.m. Seating is general admission, although special arrangements may be made at the time of reservation. Shuttle parking is available in the upper parking lot, with doorstep service —request at time of reservation.

Tickets are $20, $12 for students. Reservations are strongly suggested; call 563-1373 or send email to boxoffice@heartwoodtheater.org. For show synopsis, venue directions and video trailers, visit heartwoodtheater.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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