PORTLAND — “Mainely Monologues,” a succession of eclectic female voices, will be presented Saturday, March 27, at the University of New England Art Gallery. The event is being held in conjunction with the third annual SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day.
SWAN Day is an international holiday that celebrates woman artists, taking place on the last Saturday of Women’s History Month (March.) Events are scheduled worldwide.
Maine’s SWAN Day celebration in Portland, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., is free and open to the public, with donations accepted to benefit the gallery. Light refreshments will be provided during intermission.
The show will open with a performance by Portland actress Jackie Oliveri with excerpts from “Still Alice,” a novel by Lisa Genova. The book has been called the “best portrayal of the Alzheimer’s journey that I have ever read” and “a story that must be told” by the reviewer for the Alzheimer’s Daily News.
Oliveri will also perform “7 Margaritas,” a play depicting an overworked bartender’s unhinged fantasy, written by Lindsay Harris Friel of Philadelphia.
The program will close with Lewiston playwright Linda Britt’s one-woman play about U.S. Sen. Margaret Chase Smith. Sally Jones of Norway played the title role in the recent Out of the Box Theater’s production of “Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington.” She will perform a segment of the play on SWAN Day.
Other Maine playwrights whose works will be presented are Carolyn Gage, “The Parmachene Belle;” Diane Connolly, “Mrs. White’s Little Girls Get Dirty;” Wendy Wincote Schweikert, “Mother’s Day;” Marsha Coller, “The Absence of Lucy Teal;” Linda Griffith. “Oh Well;” and Laura Emack, “A Talking Scale.”
Portland actress Karen Ball and Kennebunk actress Deb Snyder will also perform.
The University of New England Art Gallery is at 716 Stevens Ave.
SWAN Day is a grassroots effort coordinated by The Fund for Women Artists through its Web site, www.WomenArts.Org. For more information about “Mainely Monologues,” contact Laura Emack at LKECPA@prexar.com or 567-3437.