Heartwood Opens January Drama “Ghost-Writer” Jan 18th

FREE TICKETS! A limited number – for first-time Heartwood audience, only. Must reserve in advance (see info, below). Offer not valid at the door. And now for the rest of the story …

Lovely. From the first sighting of the warm, period set, to the final words of the last scene, the audience is drawn directly into this absorbing, meditative, at times humorous one act play by Michael Hollinger. Directed by Griff Braley, Heartwood’s “Ghost-Writer” features a trio of highly capable actors, whose synergy is even greater than the sum of their parts.

Two well loved Midcoast actresses, Millie Santiago of West Boothbay and Dixie Weisman of Newcastle, are joined by newcomer to Heartwood, Dwight Burtis of Thomaston. As one can see and hear by watching the “Ghost-Writer” video trailer at www.heartwoodtheater.org, this small, dedicated cast has thoroughly enjoyed the rigorous, in depth analysis of text and character, during the weeks of rehearsal.

From the title, one knows this is a play about words; as the text unfolds, one enjoys the play with words. “If you simply reside within the words and let them be, they will take you somewhere. I find that absolutely magical,” muses Santiago. Weisman notes, “It’s rhythmic. Like reading pieces of music, woven together in a tapestry. “ Even the rhythm of the old Underwood typewriter begins to permeate and punctuate and become, itself, a sort of character.

The plot. Franklin Woolsey (Dwight Burtis) dies mid-sentence, but his secretary Myra (Millie Santiago) “continues to take dictation.” Attacked by skeptics, the press and Woolsey's jealous widow (Dixie Weisman), Myra sets out to prove she is more than just an artful forger. Perhaps she is attempting to steal Woolsey's legacy now that she cannot have his love, or perhaps she truly possesses a gift the world cannot understand.

In the hands of a well seasoned director and cast, you will find in “Ghost-Writer” an evening of relief from daily challenges and concerns. As Santiago puts it, “There is beauty in this play. In the words, the character, the relationships.” And today – who couldn’t use an infusion of beauty? “Ghost-Writer,” winner of the 2011 Barrymore Award, is supported by season sponsor Bath Savings Institution and show sponsor Supplies Unlimited.

For a complete evening of winter delights, join one of several Heartwood Dinner Partner Restaurants supporting live theater performance and education at Heartwood this season: Damariscotta River Grill, King Eider’s Pub, Newcastle Publick House, Salt Bay Café, Best Thai Restaurant, and Savory Maine.

Performances will run for two weekends only in the Poe Theater at Lincoln Academy. Evening performances beginning at 7:30 will show January 18, 19, 25, and 26 with two Sunday 3:00 matinees, January 20 and 27. Seating is general, though special arrangements may be made at the time of reservation. Shuttle parking is available in the upper parking lot, with doorstep service – request at time of reservation. Tickets are $12/students and $20/adults. Reservations are strongly suggested , available at 207.563.1373 or boxoffice@heartwoodtheater.org. For show synopsis, venue directions and video trailers, visit www.heartwoodtheater.org. Produced by special permission with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

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