HARRISON – The annual Deertrees Theatre Festival will present four plays: one about two feisty nursing home residents, another about a trip to the North Pole and a third about summer romance in 1944. The fourth is a lighthearted, abridged look at the Bible.

Since 2000, the festival has brought high quality plays, complete with Actors’ Equity casts, to the Deertrees Theatre. Deertrees collaborates with GreenLight TheatreWorks of New York City to produce the plays.

Each year, GreenLight founder Thomas Sullivan chooses plays to stage at the historic theater in Harrison.

This year’s lineup of plays is as follows:

• “The Gin Game,” by D.L. Coburn, which will be performed Aug. 12 and 13. It’s about two feisty nursing home residents who play gin rummy to combat their loneliness.

• “The Voyage of the Carcass” by award-winning playwright Dan O’Brien will be staged Aug. 19 and 20. The “Voyage” is a comedy that takes all who dare on a 19th century voyage to the North Pole. The ship’s destiny, however, is controlled by 20th century writers in an air-conditioned theater.

• “The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged)” by Adam Long, Austin Tichenor and Reed Martin will be Aug. 26, 27 and 28. From the creators of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” it’s a comedy that tours through the Old and New Testaments, all in less than two hours.

• “Talley’s Folly,” by Lanford Wilson will be staged Sept. 2, 3, 4 and 5. The stage is set for summer romance in 1944 when Matt travels to Lebanon, Mo., to try and win the love of Sally Talley.

It may appear that the cards are stacked against them, but hasn’t it been said sometimes love conquers all?

Further information about Deertrees is at www.deertreestheatre.org.

Performances start at 8 p.m. (except the one Sept. 5, which starts at 7 p.m.).

Tickets are $18 and can be purchased by calling the box office, (207) 583-6747.


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