Barn puts on plays, workshops

TREMONT — The Barn Arts Collective offers two evenings of theater and workshops this week. “Cecily’s Summer,” a family musical with puppets based on Nan Lincoln’s children’s books, will play on Friday, June 24, at 6 p.m. in celebration of the Acadia Centennial.

Barn Arts resident artists will present a double bill of works in development on Saturday, June 25, at 7 p.m., including “Fruit of the Sea” and “Buffalo Bailey’s Ranch for Gay Horses and Troubled Teen Girls.”

“We’re thrilled to finally bring ‘Cecily’s Summer’ to the Barn, after several performances at local schools and libraries,” said Barn Arts Co-Producer Brittany Parker, who also composed the music and performs in the show. “Nan Lincoln’s true story about raising a harbor seal pup one summer on MDI is incredibly touching.”

Lincoln will attend the Friday night performance to answer questions and sign books after the show.

On Saturday, two ensembles in residence at the Barn will present excerpts from their original works in development. Eric Mercado, Sean M. Daniels and Eliza McCoy will perform from “Fruit of the Sea,” described as part nautical thriller, part mermaid cabaret, which explores the line between the harmlessly ridiculous and the deceptively dangerous.

Bailey Williams, Alex Rodabaugh and Derek Smith will show work from “Buffalo Bailey’s Ranch for Gay Horses and Troubled Teen Girls,” a new piece that draws inspiration from live televised musicals and time-share presentations and explores the collision of late-stage capitalism and queer identity.

A workshop on “Movement and Performance” will be put on by Eric Mercado and Company on Wednesday, June 22, at 6 p.m. at the Legion. Also, a workshop on “The Art of Drag and Queer Nightlife Performance” will be put on Thursday, June 23, at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. Both workshops are collaborations of the Barn Arts Collective and the Village Green Arts Association.

Admission for the performances and workshops is by donation. The Barn is at 130 Tremont Road in Bass Harbor. The Legion is located at the Municipal Parking Lot and Main Street in Southwest Harbor. Reservations are available online at

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