CAMDEN — On Thursday, July 1, at 6 p.m., the Camden Public Library welcomes playwright and director Stephen Legawiec for an online program previewing this summer’s offering from the Camden Shakespeare Festival. “Aquitania” will run in the Camden Amphitheatre from July 21 to Aug. 8 and from Aug. 11 to 14 in Bath. The award-winning play, written by Legawiec, features a librarian who is transported to a strange country where she matches wits with a bowler-hatted villain. Email to request a Zoom link to attend the July 1 preview talk to find out more about this enchanting production.

Legawiec describes “Aquitania” as “Alice in Wonderland for an adult Alice.” In this sneak peek, Legawiec will talk about the writing and direction of the play, which the Los Angeles Times called “a work of haunting visual beauty and mythological resonance” and “an inventive synthesis of stage, dance, and song” — with inspiration from Lewis Carroll and surrealist Rene Magritte. Legawiec says that in his preview, “The audience will enter the world of the play and the world of theatre creation.”

In his 30 years as a director, Legawiec (le-gahv-yetz) has curated more than 100 professional productions as well as directed more than 75. He launched Ziggurat Theatre Ensemble to explore the relevance of myth and ritual to a contemporary audience, for which he wrote and directed every play. Legawiec is the author of 30 plays, including the critically acclaimed “Red Thread,” which won the 2003 Garland Award for Los Angeles Production of the Year. Outside the U.S., his work has most recently been seen in Trois-Rivieres, Canada, at the Micro-festival of Unfinished Puppetry, and at the Season of Unusual Theatre. He is currently the Artistic Director of Camden Shakespeare Festival, a theatre he founded.

For more information about the preview event on Zoom and the upcoming run of “Aquitania,” which is co-sponsored by the library, visit the events calendar at