Some of the cast of "ghostki**er," a new play in development by local playwright Andrea Lepcio and Barn Arts Founding Artistic Director Andrew Simon, which will premiere July 7 at 7 p.m. at the Barn. PHOTO COURTESY OF BARN ARTS

Belief in ghosts leads to collaboration

BASS HARBOR — The Barn Arts Collective continues its 10th Anniversary Season of new performances developed by local and visiting resident artists with a new piece that will feature a collaboration between Barn Arts Artistic Director Andrew Simon and Acadia National Park Artist-in-Residence Andrea Lepcio in an event on Saturday, July 7, at 7 p.m. at the Barn.

“I have been feeling for awhile that I want to write more for my community … what stories do I have to tell about life on Mount Desert Island?” said Lepcio.  She and Simon have collaborated in the past through the Barn Arts Chekhov Club, a community group that meets to read and discuss the work of Anton Chekhov.  They decided to focus on personal elements of Simon’s life to inform the work on the new piece.

“I believe in ghosts,” said Simon.  “And for a while, I’ve wanted to make a piece about that and how it might have influenced my life.  As Andrea and I talked about what local stories she might be most interested in telling, we began to zero in ideas about the past and how it’s shaped the present in certain spaces and locations.”

The working title of the show is “ghostki**er.”  Simon will perform and also lead the audience through the Barn and around the property.  The performance is by donation and reservations are encouraged.

The Barn Arts Collective is a local nonprofit organization that brings people together for live events that make the arts and creativity a vital part of life on Mount Desert Island and beyond.

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