Readings of ‘The Beeches’ set for Playhouse

Posted Nov. 04, 2011, at 10:05 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — Staged readings of William Nelson’s new play “The Beeches” will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11-12, at The Playhouse, 107 Church St. A tale of privilege, persona and quirky romance, the play is set in the kitchen of The Beeches, a storied cottage on the Maine coast.

Nelson, a Belfast resident, bills his work as “a postmodern retelling of ‘Cinderella’ by way of ‘The Cherry Orchard’ and ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ with a nod to ‘Grey Gardens.’”

Readers presenting the two-act play will be Becky Brimley as the house’s enigmatic resident, Sally Baldwin as its major-domo, Chip Curry as a local representing the house for sale, Mike Fletcher and Diane Coller Wilson as master and mistress manqué, and Forest Taber as the young prospective owner.

Wilson has directed the readings, which will be hosted by Dan Kirchoff.

In lieu of admission, donations will be accepted at the door to benefit CLAP Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. CLAP sponsors children’s theater at The Playhouse, now beginning its 18th season at the same location.

“We’re already hard at work with students on the first three productions of the new season,” said Mary Weaver, director of The Playhouse.

Because of limited seating, reservations are encouraged. For reservations and more information, call 338-5777. Doors open 15 minutes before curtain time.