Theater to present ‘Mauritius’

Posted May 18, 2009, at 2:55 p.m.
Last modified March 20, 2011, at 6:38 a.m.

BANGOR – Penobscot Theatre will continue its 35th anniversary season with the Maine premiere of “Mauritius” by Theresa Rebeck. Currently one of the most produced plays in the United States, after its successful 2007 run on Broadway, “Mauritius” will be performed through May 10 at the Bangor Opera House.

“This electric drama by Ms. Rebeck stands as one of the best new American plays written in the last few years,” said producing artistic director Scott RC Levy. “It is an explosive, electric and exquisite ride not to be missed.”

When a young woman unknowingly discovers the rarest of stamps – two priceless little squares of paper known as the Mauritius 1 and 2 penny post office – in her dead mother’s inheritance, a suspenseful caper ensues.

Can she maneuver her way past scheming collectors, greedy dealers and her own sister all the way to the bank?

“Mauritius” is a gripping blend of sharp comedy and heart-pounding drama that combines the best aspects of Hitchcock, Chandler and Mamet.

“Mauritius” marked the Broadway debut for prolific playwright and novelist Theresa Rebeck, whose resume includes writing and producing for “Law And Order: Criminal Intent” and “NYPD Blue,” for which she won the coveted Peabody Award.

Directed by Penobscot Theatre’s producing artistic director, Scott RC Levy, the cast includes local favorites Lacey Martin, Allen Adams and Dominick Varney, along with Kristen Birkholder of Belfast and Christopher Yeatts of New York City.

Designers for the production are Erik D. Diaz, scenic design; Shon Causer, lighting design; and Rhonda Kirkpatrick, costume design.

“Mauritius” is made possible in part through the support of Merrill Bank and Groth and Associates.

Other support comes from The Charles Inn, WLBZ NewsCenter 2, Bangor Daily News, The Maine Edge, WKIT, Blueberry Broadcasting and the Cumulus Radio Network.

“Mauritius” will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursdays, April 30 and May 7; 8 p.m. Saturday, May 1, and Friday and Saturday, May 8-9; 2 p.m. Sunday, May 3, and Saturday and Sunday, May 9-10; and 5 p.m. Saturday, May 2.

Tickets range in price from $15 to $40. For tickets or information, call the theater box office at 942-3333 or visit www.penobscottheatre.org.

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