BANGOR — Penobscot Theatre, Bangor’s professional theater company, is continuing the fifth annual Northern Writes New Play Festival through July 2 at Bangor Opera House, 131 Main St.
This year’s festival includes works by playwrights from around the country, as well as an evening of short plays written by local Maine playwrights. The works culminate in what has become one of the largest festivals of new theatrical work in the country.
After each staged reading, an audience discussion will be facilitated in order to aid the playwright in the continuing development of his or her work.
• “Dark Matter” by August Schulenburg 7 p.m. Thursday, June 30. A physicist chases after the dark matter and energy that make up 95 percent of the known universe while dealing with personal challenges.
• “A Night of Shorts by Maine Playwrights” 7 p.m. Friday, July 1. This will include a 10-minute play by Penobscot Theatre’s advanced acting class; “Dark and Stormy Night” by Chris Orcutt; “Microbrew” by Chris Orcutt; “Beaching” by Bruce Pratt; “Nine Innings” by Allen Adams; “Parents for Pick Up” by Mark Upton; “Liferaft” by Andrew Frodahl; and “Kansas City, This Is Former Air Force One” by Chris Orcutt, set on the day President Richard Nixon resigned his office.
• On Friday, July 1, ballots will be distributed for audience members to vote for their favorite full-length and short plays. As a result of last year’s festival vote, “Ink” by Alice van Buren won the Audience Favorite Award and has been selected to be a part of PTC’s 2011-2012 Mainstage season.
• “A Barrow” by William Duell 2 p.m. Saturday, July 2, a memorial to a relationship that unravels within a maze of memories, loosely based on a few episodes from Homer’s “The Odyssey.” “Gods and Idols” by Jason Rainey at 7 p.m., focusing on the obsessions of a young couple.
An all-festival pass is available for $35, and day passes are available for $5 at 942-3333 or online at http://www.penobscottheatre.org.
CASTINE — The Castine Town Band will celebrate our nation’s birthday with a musical gala at 4 p.m. Monday, July 4, on the Town Common, Court Street. The hour long summer concerts are free and are sponsored by private donations. In case of rain, concerts are held in Emerson Hall across the street from the Town Common.
The remaining summer concert schedule is 6 p.m. Friday, July 15, at Wilson Museum; and Fridays, July 29, Aug. 12 and 26, at the Castine Town Common. The Aug. 26 concert starts at 5:45 p.m. For more information, call 326-9138 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CASTINE — Tutti Frutti or brandied fruit will be the topic for the third session of Wilson Museum’s Kitchen Traditions series.
Director Patty Hutchins will demonstrate this method of preserving the short-seasoned, tender fruits of summer at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, at the hearth of the historic John Perkins House on Perkins Street. Admission of $5 will include a guided tour of the Perkins House. Other recipes to be explored on selected Wednesdays throughout the summer will include pickles and spiced crab apples. For information call 326-9247 or visit www.wilsonmuseum.org.