Two well-known Maine comedic voices — celebrated Maine author Elizabeth Peavey and “Maine’s Funniest Mom” Karen Morgan — will premiere their original, two-woman show “Finding ME” Tuesday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St.

This hilarious and heartwarming performance piece tells the story of how these two very different women came to call the Pine Tree State home, even though it was the last thing either of them ever expected. Bath native Peavey had an idyllic Maine childhood, yet something — namely, the family television set — told her life “out there” was more glamorous. From a very early age, she wanted nothing more than to ditch her small-town roots and see the world; starting as a teen, she did just that. With years of travel that took her from the tip of Tasmania to the top of the Isle of Skye, what the heck is she doing back in Maine?

Morgan was born in Athens, Ga., and was reared in the traditions of sweet tea, beauty pageants and college football. Her ambition to remain a Southern belle, complete with hyphenated married name on her subscription to Southern Living Magazine, was going along just as planned … that is, until she met a man from Maine and fell in love. She asks herself almost on a daily basis how it is possible she is living above the Mason-Dixon line.

Peavey is the author of “Outta My Way: An Odd Life Lived Loudly” and of “Maine & Me: 10 Years of Down East Adventures,” which was awarded the 2006 Maine Literary Award for Best Maine-themed Book. Her essays and articles appear frequently in Down East magazine, where she has been a contributing editor since 1997. Her monthly humor column, “Outta My Yard,” can be found at

Morgan made her national television debut as a finalist on Nick at Nite’s “Search for the Funniest Mom in America.” Since then, the former trial lawyer has performed in comedy clubs and theaters nationwide. She has a syndicated radio spot, “The Mother Load,” on The Coast morning show and also can be heard on Sirius/XM radio. She is the only comedian to be featured by Nestlé brands in their national campaign.

General admission tickets are $17 in advance and will be $20 the day of the show. For tickets and more information, contact the Strand Theatre box office at 594-0070 or

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