The Everyman Repertory Theatre will reprise selections from its staged reading of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “Conversation at Midnight” Sunday, July 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the Whitehall Inn, High Street/Route 1. This special performance will benefit the local nonprofit professional theater’s in-school performance program.

The evening will start with light refreshments and a silent auction of approximately a dozen items, accompanied by live music. The reading will commence at 6:30 p.m., followed by dessert at approximately 7 p.m. A cash bar will be available throughout the evening.

The location selected for this performance carries special meaning. It was at the Whitehall Inn where Millay first publicly performed her treasured poem “Renascence.” The live music will be performed on the same Steinway Grand piano Millay played, and selected scenes from the drama will be performed in the Inn’s Vincent Room. “Renascence” launched the Camden native’s career, bringing her to national attention and rewarding her with a Pulitzer Prize; she was the first woman to win one for poetry.

The Everyman Rep brought the full-length staged reading of “Conversation at Midnight” on tour this spring. Performances were held on six nights in Camden, Rockland, Damariscotta, Belfast and Unity. Written in 1937, Millay’s play captures the topics and tensions of an uncertain time not too dissimilar from our own.

“Conversation at Midnight” is a lively and often humorous after-dinner conversation, with muscular and powerful verse that varies from the formality of a sonnet to parodies of Ogden Nash, said Everyman Rep artistic director Paul Hodgson.

“It’s a real find — some of it is extremely funny and some of it beautiful verse … actually, it’s not verse, it’s poetry,” he said.

Tickets are $45 and can be purchased by contacting the Everyman Rep’s box office at 236-0173 or The Everyman Repertory Theatre, founded in 2008, is a registered 501(c)3, not-for-profit theater company whose mission is to achieve excellence in professional theater in the greater Penobscot Bay region.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to