“The mission of the Mid Coast Actors’ Studio is to entertain, enrich and educate the cultural life in the mid-coast region of Maine by providing a superior theater experience. MSAC shall provide area residents the opportunity both to attend and to participate in quality productions of a cross-section of the finest theatrical works available.”
With that sort of mission, it’s no wonder they chose a piece as heady as “Hedda Gabler.” Despite its late 19th century origins, the play still resonates. Hedda is one of the most richly flawed female characters in all of literature; the subtle, steady deterioration of Hedda’s life makes for one of the most enthralling journeys in theater history.
Marie Merrifield will be undertaking the iconic titular role. Erik Perkins plays Hedda’s husband George Tesman. George’s Aunt Julie is played by Christine West and Jay Rosenberg is Judge Brack. Katie Glessner, Amy Pillitteri and Bannister (who also directs) fill out the cast.
And if Bannister has his way, there will be much more to come.
“My vision for the future of MCAS is to eventually find a space that can be converted into a theater [so we can] produce productions year round,” he said. “At the core of the Studio is the exploration of the material as actors.
“Anyone can produce a play. What I want is to work with the actors, teach them what I know, what I think, and hope they will teach me something as well.”
There’s no questioning the desire or passion behind a project such as the Mid Coast Actors’ Studio. It’s the sort of thing that’s born out of love in the heart and fire in the belly. It seems safe to assume that the MCAS production of “Hedda Gabler” will ably represent the passion of its creators. Really, it boils down to one simple fact.
“Mid Coast Actors’ Studio,” said Bannister “is for people who want to be challenged.”
Performances of “Hedda Gabler” at the Troy Howard Middle School will take place on May 25 and 26 at 7 p.m. and May 27 at 2 p.m. There will also be two performances at the Camden Public Library on June 1 and 2. Both performances are at 7 p.m. Tickets will be available one hour before curtain; suggested donation is $10. For more information about the show or the organization, find them on Facebook or visit their website at midcoastactors.com.