PORTLAND – As part of the celebration of its 30th anniversary, the Maine Humanities Council has commissioned a touring play titled “Taxing Maine,” and is offering it free of charge to all libraries, schools, civic organizations and presenters in the state.

The play has been developed by David Greenham of the Theater at Monmouth, who will appear alongside actor Dennis A. Price on stage. This witty and thought-provoking short work will be followed by an in-character discussion about the past-history and present-day issues resulting from taxation on the state level, from the Grange movement to today’s constant sales tax shuffle in Augusta.

Nine of the available 30 dates have been booked, including July 26 at Naples Public Library.

The play is flexible enough to work in a wide variety of public settings, and is appropriate for teenagers and adults. “Taxing Maine” will be available to interested communities at no charge, in a council effort to bring the play to 30 different sites across the state. Available time periods include May 8-31, June 1-11, June 17-30 and July through October of 2006. For more information about how to bring “Taxing Maine,” phone the Maine Humanities Council at 207-773-5051 or 1-866-637-3233. To fill out an application, go the MHC Web site at www.mainehumanities.org.