A small troupe of Midcoast and guest performers will present “The Man Who Mistook His Lampshade for a Hat,” an evening of original scenes by Rebecca Stuart and Abigail Norman, Sunday, July 25 at Northport Music Theatre, 851 Atlantic Highway/Route 1, beginning 8 p.m.

It all started with a lampshade purchased at the Trash and Treasures barn in Searsport. The beautiful turn-of-the-century piece spawned a series of scenes and monologues that range from political satire and mock science to poignant truths, all utilizing the antique in some way. The one-night-only evening of original, experimental theater was written by Rebecca Stuart and Abigail Norman. The interlocking scenes and monologues offer new ways to appreciate a beautiful antique, our hectic everyday lives and the people we meet along the way.

The show features the playwrights, both on summer break from Sarah Lawrence University, plus Jacob Fricke, Hillary Gilmore and Ethan I. Patterson. Lighting is by Jessica Ploszaj.

This merger between local talent and one of Midcoast Maine’s favorite music theaters is admittance by donation with all proceeds going toward helping to ensure that NMT can offer another wonderful season next summer, including its popular programs for children. Norman has worked with NMT since its first production and is very devoted to preserving its mission of providing offbeat, mature and intriguing musical theater to the people of Maine. Stuart is spending her first summer in Maine and already has become a favorite in the theater community.

The young troupe invites everyone to enjoy a midsummer night’s romp featuring a wild political satire, a fake news broadcast, a psychologist with interesting ideas concerning the origins of schizophrenia, people who are afraid of the dark and a man who seeks solace from his house plants.

“These tales will make you laugh, cry and reconsider the power of that lampshade you’ve got sitting on your end table,” said Norman, one of several graduates of Searsport District High School in the cast.

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