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“Motherhood Out Loud” and “Girl Rising” May 8-9 at Stonington

Posted April 22, 2013, at 4:02 p.m.
Last modified April 23, 2013, at 9:44 a.m.

STONINGTON, Maine — In celebration of mothers, Opera House Arts (OHA) is proud to present two special events at the Stonington Opera House on Wednesday, May 8, and Thursday, May 9.

May 8 will feature a staged community reading of the hit Off-Broadway comedy, “Motherhood Out Loud,” short dramatic pieces by a collection of celebrated American writers. May 9, OHA is proud to present a one-night only screening of the new feature length film, “Girl Rising,” which tells the stories of nine extraordinary girls in nine different countries. The first meeting for those interested in participating in the staged reading of “Motherhood Out Loud” is Saturday, April 27.

“We wanted to offer new ways for our community to celebrate Mother’s Day, on May 12, to share a unique activity and to laugh and talk and do something new with the mothers in our lives,” said OHA director Linda Nelson. “We’re offering a special 2-for-1 package so that anyone bringing a mother with them gets two tickets, two beverages, and two popcorns for $20.”

“Motherhood Out Loud” premiered at Primary Stages in New York City in 2011. It includes work by Beth Henley (“Crimes of the Heart,” “Miss Firecracker”), Theresa Rebeck (“Seminar,” “Dead Accounts”), and Cheryl L. West (“Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy,” “Pullman Porter Blues”) among others. Those interested in participating as a reader in the staged playreading can attend an organizational meeting from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 27.

OHA’s “Our Own” Community Play reading Series is in its 13th year. Everyone, regardless of experience, is encouraged to participate in the “Our Own” staged play readings, which require only 15 hours of rehearsal time and no memorization. The series presents an excellent opportunity to read new plays with their writers present; and to explore issues, drama, direction, and performance through scripts.

On Thursday, May 9, OHA will present a special screening of the new film Girl Rising, which “showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.” Directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, this beautiful film brings us the voices of acclaimed actors Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Liam Neeson and others as they help to narrate the moving stories of individual girls from throughout the developing world. Girl Rising is part of 10×10, a global action campaign for girls’ education based on a simple truth: educate girls and you will change the world.

Tickets for the “Our Own” Community Playreadings are $8, available only at the door the evening of the show. Island Students Free. Tickets for “Girl Rising” are $7, available only at the door. Special Mothers’ Day package: $20 for two tickets plus popcorn and beverages when you bring your mother. For more information, visit www.operahousearts.org.

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