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  • Heritage Project: FINDING FISH

    September 11, 7:30 p.m. at the Seacoast Science Center Join us at the Seacoast Science Center on September 11th for a reading of FINDING FISH, a new play from renowned actor and playwright Carlyle Brown. FINDING FISH deals with one of the the most important issues of our time: sustainability, in this case in the fishing industry in northern New England. Brown has chosen to explore the issue through the story of two brothers, their father, and a selkie, set in a Down East Maine fishing village. Sponsored by The Atlantic Grill....

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  • Panel Discussion: Literary and Artistic Responses to the Changing Ecology of the Gulf of Maine

    September 12th, 2:00 p.m. at the Portsmouth Public Library Join playwright Carlyle Brown, STAGE FORCE artistic director Kent Stephens, and UNH History professor W. Jeffrey Bolster for a discussion of the health of the New England coastline and its portrayal in art and literature....

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  • Special Event: IDA’s BOOK CLUB

    September 14. 7:00 p.m. at The West End Theatre Join Susan Poulin in her beloved guise of Certified Maine Life Guide Ida LeClair as she gets literary with two hot new Seacoast writers: Jacquelyn Benson and Patricia Lynch. Ida’s guests will read excerpts from their new releases, then settle in for a round-robin interview with the Woman Who Runs With The Moose. Sponsored by the NH Theatre Project....

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  • Play Reading: COCK

    September 21, 7:30 p.m. at The Music Hall LOFT When John and his long-term boyfriend decide to take a break, the last thing he expects is to find himself falling for a woman. The relationship puts him at a crossroads that makes John question everything he thought he knew about himself. Comedy, wit, and sexuality about in this contemporary twist on the classic love triangle, making Bartlett's play an entertaining yet eye-opening experience. Sponsored by Jumpin' Jays and Kennebunk Savings....

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  • Play Reading: WHAT’S THE WORD FOR

    October 19, 7:30 p.m. at The Music Hall LOFT In What's the Word For, Jeffrey Hatcher portrays the unconventional relationship between Janet, a woman in her 70s, and Hayden, a mentally disabled man in his 50s. It's a connection wrapped in mystery, from the tragic accident that changed Hayden’s life forever to the cause of Janet's powerful loyalty as a caregiver. When Janet is struck with illness of her own, her plans to move into a retirement home force her to confront both the burden of care and the burden of abandonment. Sponsored by Jumpin' Jays and Kennebunk Savings....

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  • Main Stage: THE SEAFARER

    November 13-22, 2015 at The STAR Theatre It’s Christmas Eve. Sharky, a down-on-his-luck drunk, is making one last attempt to straighten out. He’s returned home to take care of his older brother Richard, an irascible alcoholic recently blinded by a nose dive into a Dumpster. Richard is determined to spend the holiday getting sloshed and playing poker with his degenerate mates, but the stakes at this game will be higher than Sharky could possibly imagine. Sponsored by Robert's Maine Grill....

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  • Play Reading: ORSON WELLES REHEARSES MOBY DICK

    November 16, 7:30 p.m. at The Music Hall LOFTSTAGE FORCE Founder Kent Stephens tackles one of the biggest fish in theater with this reading of his original play, ORSON WELLES REHEARSES MOBY DICK. Lyrical, smart, and wild, ORSON plays out the saga of Welles’ unexpectedly brilliant production of MOBY DICK REHEARSED at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London in 1955. Sponsored by Jumpin' Jays and Kennebunk Savings....

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"This is the art of theatre at its best and not to be missed."

- Spotlight Magazine

"The casting is impeccable, the directing apt, the performances outstanding, and the visuals lovely... This is a beautifully polished piece of theatre."

- The Portsmouth Herald

"Stephens has again proven that his local theatre company is a force to be reckoned with."

- The WiRE

Only an accomplished playwright like Stephens can put you right in the room with a living being … from a distant time.

-J. Dennis Robinson

About STAGE FORCE

Kent Stephens’ STAGE FORCE is an artist-founded-and-led organization that since 2006 has offered professional theatre to southern Maine and the Seacoast that is smart, provocative, and engaging. We present a diverse repertory of new and classic plays in productions at the STAR Theatre in Kittery, play readings at the Music Hall Loft in Portsmouth, and original heritage projects about the history and culture of the Piscataqua region in assorted venues through partnerships with other non-profits. We specialize in what is thought-provoking, substantive, and unexpected.

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