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Magnificent Liars to Present ‘Master Class’

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Eastport Arts Center | BDN
Eastport Arts Center | BDN

The Magnificent Liars are back with a play described as “rich, vivid, satisfying theatre!” ‘Master Class,’ by Terrence McNally, produced on Broadway in 1995, will be performed at the Eastport Arts Center on November 4-6, and 18-20. Evening performances will be offered at 7 pm on November 4, 5, 18 and 19; matinees will be at 3 pm, Sunday November 6 and 20.
The setting is a master class taught by world renowned soprano and opera star Maria Callas. It is 1971 at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City where students are trained for and aspire to professional careers as performing artists. Callas’ internationally celebrated voice and career have both declined. Teaching master classes in front of a select discerning public at Juilliard, she hopes, will propel her back into the public eye.
Known to her fans as “La Divina,” Callas is glamorous, commanding, larger than life – and drop-dead funny. In the classroom in the play she reveals her vulnerability and the struggles and sacrifices she has endured to become a revered and famous artist. The play depicts the perils of celebrity and the commitment necessary to become a great artist. As she interacts with her students she displays both humor and pathos. This is mesmerizing theatre.
Master Class’ Director is Michael Moody; Peter Frewen is Music Director and Anne Moody is Producer. The cast includes Laura Baker, Ryan French, Elizabeth H. Nichols-Goodliff, Michael Moody, John Newell and Jenie M. Smith. And, yes, some of them sing!
The Magnificent Liars theatre company was founded in Pembroke in 2001. Since then they have performed all over Washington County in theatres, bars, Grange and American Legion Halls and even on a basketball court, as well as in Belfast, Bar Harbor and Portland. Their goal is to produce theatre that is an adventure for themselves and their audiences while growing as theatre artists.
A portion of the profits of the show will be donated to PAWS Brave Hearts animal shelter in Calais, through arrangements by Denise Brown of Eastport Pets. The Liars’ policy is to share billing with worthy local nonprofit organizations to increase awareness of their roles in the community.
Tickets are $12; attendees under 18 will be admitted free of charge; tickets may be purchased via the events calendar at www.eastportartscenter.org (make sure to navigate to the performance you wish to attend before selecting) or at the EAC box office one half hour before each performance. Warning: Master Class contains adult language.
The Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and is handicapped-accessible.