The Everyman Repertory Theatre, in collaboration with the Center for Maine Contemporary Art and Maine Media Workshops + College, will present four short plays on the theme of photography at CMCA, 162 Russell Ave. Final performances will be Friday and Saturdays Aug. 23 and 24, at 8 p.m. The box office will open a half-hour before shows.

The “1000 Words” plays will be performed surrounded by “MENTOR: 40 Photographers/40 Years,” an exhibition honoring the spirit of collaboration between master artists and their students fostered by Maine Media Workshops + College. There will be a discussion after Friday’s performance with cast and crew; Suzette McAvoy, executive director of CMCA; and photographer and writer David Lyman, founder and former director of Maine Photographic Workshops.

The plays are, in order of performance, are “point and shoot” by Michael John Garcés; “Please Send Pic” by Sharyn Rothstein; “overexposed,” also by Garcés; and “For Art” by Nastaran Ahmadi. The two Garcés plays are directed by Mim Bird and feature Tedecia Wint, Ryan Marshall and David Troup. The other two plays are directed by Troup and feature Lou Carbonneau and Marie (Merrifield) Stickney.

The production is the result of a discussion between Everyman Artistic Director Paul Hodgson and CMCA Director Suzette McAvoy, who wondered if there were any plays about photography. Hodgson did some research and found these short plays that deal with photography in serious and humorous ways, “while at the same time focusing in on the Everyman’s current season theme of domestic conflict; conflict in good ways and bad,” he said.

The project dovetails with Everyman’s mission to collaborate with other arts nonprofits in the Midcoast and has attracted a major grant from the Maine Arts Commission. Tickets are $25, $20 purchased in advance; student tickets are $10. These plays are not suitable for children. Tickets are available at Owl and Turtle and HAV II in Camden; The Reading Corner, Rockland; and Bella Books, Belfast; as well as by calling 236-0173 or visiting

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