University of Maine Hutchinson Center hosts Everyman Repertory Theatre

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Belfast, Maine — Everyman Repertory Theatre will perform “Hold Onto Your Hat!” at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center on Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. The one-woman show, written and performed by Andrea Itkin, is part memoir, part social commentary, written from the perspective of youth through old age, and delivered in rhyme, a bit of song and a lot of humor.


“Andrea kept reading these poems to our Actors’ Studio,” says artistic director Paul Hodgson. “We were all blown away by how good they were; how funny, how sad and sometimes angry. We knew we had to get it on stage and in front of people.”


Itkin said that although she had written some plays and monologues, short stories and poems, she had never attempted rhymes or songs before starting work on this show.


“It was initially inspired by Patti Smith’s memoir, ‘Just Kids,’ which got me thinking about that time of my life and experimenting with expressing experience in a new way,” she says.


“Hold Onto Your Hat!” is a multimedia experience featuring photographs by Cig Harvey and Scott Anthony Smith, collages by Tammam Azzam, paintings by Natasha Mayers, and a short film by Dylan Itkin. Original recordings by Mary Anne Driscoll and Curran Reynolds of Body Stuff also will be presented. The show is directed by Scott Anthony Smith.


Andrea Itkin has been writing and performing in Maine for over 35 years. Most recently, she was in the reading of “Lost and Guided” by Irene Kapustina, and has been in many productions with ERT, including playing Givola in “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui,” Nat in “Rabbit Hole” and Carrie Watts in “The Trip to Bountiful.“


Tickets are $20 per adult, $10 per student and may be purchased in advance at or by calling 207.236.0173.


For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Nancy Bergerson, 207.338.8049. Additional information about the Hutchinson Center is online,



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