Dramatic Repertory Company On Stage

Life During Wartime
LIFE DURING WARTIME
Performance Times

Thurs. May 31 @7:30pm
Fri. June 1 @7:30pm
Sat. June 2 @7:30pm
Sun. June 3 @2pm

Wed. June 6 @7:30pm**
Thurs. June 7 @7:30pm
Fri. June 8 @7:30pm
Sat. June 9 @7:30pm
Sun. June 10 @7:30pm

** Discount Wednesdays

PLEASE NOTE:
Sales at the door are CASH ONLY

Peter BrownPeter Brown (John Calvin, Fielding, Lt. Waters, Mr. Devries) holds a BA in Drama (Acting & Directing) from Dartmouth College. Prior to moving to Portland in 1998, he was the founding Artistic Director of The St. Croix Community Players in his hometown of Woodland, Maine. Peter was an ensemble member and Associate Artistic Director of Mad Horse Theatre Company, where he acted in a dozen productions including The Late Henry Moss, The Normal Heart, The Pillowman, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead and Cloud 9. He has also acted with several other local theaters: Portland Stage Company (Comedy of Errors); The PSC Studio Series (The Food Chain); Fenix Theatre Company (Twelfth Night & Taming of the Shrew); Lorem Ipsum (Blood Wedding); The Stage at Spring Point (Twelfth Night & The Miser); Portland Players (Noises Off!, I Hate Hamlet & Dial M for Murder-all with Michael Rafkin); The Children's Theater of Maine (The Wrestling Season); ROiL (Close to Home); MainePlay Productions (Torch Song Trilogy); and The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor (Twelfth Night, Almost, Maine & Indoor/Outdoor).



Brian ChamberlainBrian Chamberlain (Heinrich). Recent stage: Burn This (StageForce), Killer Joe (Space Gallery); Hay Fever, Stones in his Pockets, The Importance of Being Earnest and Shakespeare in Hollywood (Good Theater); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Fenix Theatre Company). He also tours with "You The Man" for Ad-Verb Productions. Recent Film & Television includes: The Forsaken (2012), Anatomy of the Tide (2012) and Gilded Lilys (ABC 2012). Brian grew up in a small "Down East" town in Maine called East Machias. After high school, he moved to Georgia where he went to college on a baseball scholarship. Then at the age of 24 he reconnected with his true passion.....acting. He had the pleasure of training with Second City in both New York and Chicago. Brian lives in Portland with his beautiful wife Amy and their dog Tru.



Matt DelamaterMatt Delamater (Tommy) Matt is very excited to be working with Dramatic Repertory Company again on such an amazing show. Matt was previously seen with DRC in last season's production of Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde as Edward Carson and other characters. Matt was most recently seen this winter as Brandon in Good Theater's Next Fall and Vladimir in Fenix Theatre's Summer production of Waiting for Godot. Other roles include Eddie Pazinski in The Public Theater's Last Mass at St. Casimir's and Nephew Fred & Ghost of Christmas Present in their last two productions of A Christmas Carol; Jerry Devine in AIRE's Juno and the Paycock; and Ray Moss in Mad Horse Theater Company's The Late Henry Moss. Look for Matt this summer in The Theater at Monmouth's productions of Henry IV, Part 1 and The Little Prince. Matt would like to thank Keith for the chance to work with DRC and with such an incredible cast, his mentor Sally Jones for all of her wisdom and guidance, and his beautiful wife Emily for always supporting his passion



Elizabeth LardieElizabeth Lardie (Sally, Mrs. Fielding) has performed with outfits including AIRE, Fenix Theatre Company, Snowlion Repertory Company, The Theater Project, Sydney Theatre Company and Lanyard Theater Company (where she serves as co-director). Roles include Mary in How the Other Half Loves, Mary in Juno and the Paycock, Sylvia in Sylvia, and Regan in King Lear. Elizabeth is slated to make her full-length feature debut in the independent film How to Make Movies at Home later in 2012. She earned a bachelor's degree in theater from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and recently completed an internship at Manhattan Theatre Club in New York. Also a professional columnist, her quirkier credits include regionally touring with a bluegrass musical; the ability (and stupidity) to rollerskate down a mountain; and nabbing the lead role in an Australian horror film which took the top prize at a Sydney film festival - for Best Comedy. She adores her incredibly tolerant loved ones.



Christine PenneyChristine Penney (Gale). Christine Penney fell in love with theatre at the age of seven as Gretel in The Sound of Music. She has worked with various theatre companies in New England and California including STAGE FORCE, New Hampshire Theatre Project, Industrial Theatre, Seacoast Repertory Theatre, and Mill Valley Shakespeare Festival's Curtain Theatre. Her most recent acting credits include: Anna in Burn This and Joan in Love Song, both with STAGE FORCE at The Music Hall Loft; and Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire at The Players' Ring.



Andrew SawyerAndrew Sawyer (Howard, Richie, Waiter, Delivery Boy). Andrew Sawyer is a local actor/writer/producer/man about town and a resident of beautiful Portland, Maine. He graduated from the University of Southern Maine in 2009 with a BA in Theatre Arts and has been beating the streets of Portland since. He most recently was seen in the role of "Patrick Dennis" in Good Theatre's production of Little Me at the St. Lawrence Arts Center. Previous credits include Mrs. Peachum in Lorem Ipsum's production of Three Penny Opera and the Moon in Blood Wedding. Andrew is a member of Mint films: www.mintfilms.net and Hilltop Productions. Andrew is thrilled to be working with such a talented and passionate group of people on this production for DRC and can't wait to do more!



Casey TurnerCasey Turner (Megan) Casey received her BA in Theatre from the University of Southern Maine. Recent credits include Good Theater (Little Dog Laughed), Harbor Light Stage (The Play About the Baby, Ethan Frome), The American Irish Repertory Ensemble (Eclipsed, The Lonesome West, The Streets of Portland), The University of Southern Maine (The Tempest, Moonchildren), Space Gallery (Killer Joe), Dramatic Repertory Company (Tigers Be Still). Casey is a company member of Apparatus Dance Theater and the Oddfellow Theater.



Keith Reddin (Playwright) is an American actor and playwright. He received his B.S. in 1978 from Northwestern University and then went on to attend The Yale University School of Drama until he received his M.A. in 1981. His plays Life and Limb, Rum and Coke, Highest Standard of Living and But Not for Me all received their world premieres at South Coast Repertory. SCR also produced his adaptation of Alexander Buravsky's The Russian Teacher. Other plays include Nebraska, Life During Wartime, Brutality of Fact, All the Rage, The Prophets of Nature, Synergy, Frame 312, Human Error, The Missionary Position, The Will to Art and HmatrixH. Adaptations include: Bulgakov's Black Snow, Shatrov's Maybe, Molière's The Imaginary Invalid, Anouilh's Antigone and Thorton Wilder's Heaven's My Destination. Film and television include, Big Time (American Playhouse), The Heart of Justice (TNT), Milken (TNT), The Alarmist, and All the Rage.


KEITH POWELL BEYLAND (Director) Recently directed the critically-acclaimed DRC productions of Tigers Be Still, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and Blue/Orange. Keith spent the last two decades working on and off Broadway with respected organizations like Roundabout Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, Signature Theatre Company (NY), The New Group, Berkshire Theatre Festival and Irondale Ensemble Project. He directed The Waiting Room, Insomniac, Throwing It Together and Inamorata in New York and And The Same in the Berkshires. Keith studied with Athol Fugard, John Patrick Shanley, Paula Vogel, Maria Irene Fornes, Anne Hamburger, Carey Perloff and Venable Herndon, among others. He holds a degree with Honors from the Dramatic Writing Program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

MICHAELA WIRTH (Lighting Design). Rarely seen in the full light of day, this designer is delighted to be working once again with DRC. When not in the darkness of the theatre, she can often be found in the darkness of the projection booth of the Nicklelodeon... planning the lights for the next DRC show!

CHRIS FITZE (Sound Design) is very pleased to be working with the DRC! Over the past 20 years, Chris has designed shows for several different venues including: Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, Children's Theater of Maine, St. Lawrence Performing Arts Center, and Portland Stage Company. He is Technical Director at Morse High School in Bath where he oversees a crew of 30 kids. He also designs and builds sets. Chris works days at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine as a member of their Exhibits/ Operations team. He send his love to Jessica, Martin, and Arthur.




MAY 31 - JUNE 10, 2012


“A BLAST!
Provokes thought while also entertaining.
This fine cast, and the quality of the acting, most distinguishes this production!”

- Maine Sunday Telegram, June 3, 2012
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“A STELLAR CAST!
One that should not be missed!
Delamater and Penney create magic.”

- Broadwayworld.com
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“WRY & ERUDITE!
Delamater once again dazzles
with his depth and sensitivity!”

- Portland Phoenix, June 6, 2012
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LIFE DURING WARTIME
by Keith Reddin
directed by Keith Powell Beyland


with Peter Brown, Brian Chamberlain,
Matt Delamater, Elizabeth Lardie,
Christine Penney, Andrew Sawyer

and Casey Turner

SEX...
LIES...
and JOHN CALVIN.


Keith Reddin's deliciously dark comedy of love, lies, more lies and a little deceit – in its Portland Premiere.

Tommy's new job is selling security systems, searching for those who live in fear. His foul-mouthed boss and co-worker assure him this is easy money. When Tommy makes a sale (and then some) on his first house call – to a beautiful older divorcée with a teenage son – things seem too good to be true.

It is, of course, at this point in any good comedy where 16th century religious zealot John Calvin (1509-1564) appears – to give his unique perspective, and to prepare the audience for what comes next. "It is our destiny to sin" Calvin explains. "Our mind, even when it comprehends the enormity of sin, cannot move the will to reject it."

And the rabbit hole goes much deeper than Tommy could ever imagine. Nothing can save him from the inevitable trap, or save those he loves from becoming ensnared. Tommy's journey is one of pain and struggle – two things near and dear to the heart of John Calvin!

DRC is extremely proud to present an all-star cast of local performers in this Premiere work – a side-splitting romp that examines the enormous difference between feeling secure and being secure.



“an absurdist tragedy—a black comedy that sets out boldly for those modish laughs…and then turns some corner of feeling and shudders into real emotion.”
- New York Post

“Reddin...creates roles that actors can sink their teeth into...Reddin is a gifted writer.”
- Variety




at the STUDIO THEATER
@ PORTLAND STAGE
25A Forest Avenue, Portland, Maine [map]









JOHN CALVIN'S
“WAGES OF SIN” RAFFLE
During the run of Life During Wartime, DRC will be conducting a raffle. The winner will have thrust upon them:

  • DEBAUCHERY!
    Imbibe past reason with a $100 Gift Certificate from the Allagash Brewery.

  • DEPRAVITY!
    Bristle your internal censor with a complimentary membership in DRC's Patron's Club for the 2012/13 Season – violence, blasphemy & sexuality is assured.

  • DECORATION!
    A limited edition window card-sized poster from the show -- autographed by the cast.



Congratulations to Ross M.
Winner of the “WAGES OF SIN” Raffle!

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