TREMONT — New work from visiting artists-in-residence will complement events produced by the Barn Arts Collective in the group’s fall season of live performance, opening on Sept. 23 and closing with a Halloween event.
“The Gene Lottery,” a new play by artists-in-residence Kristy Dodson and Sofiya Cheyenne, will take the stage on Friday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. The play, self-rated “R,” investigates “cultured and cultivated fears that have become the definition of being wholly human,” said a press release. The title draws inspiration from Cameron Russell’s TED Talks. New York City-based Dodson’s work has shown at Lincoln Center Theater, the Public Theater and the Labyrinth Theatre Co.
“The Joshua Complex,” also self-rated “R,” is an original play with music from the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based company Lewis and Anderson. It takes the stage at The Barn on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. The story follows what happens when a shady real estate corporation buys a run-down apartment building and its many residents confront their ideas of what makes a “home.”
Both shows will play at the Barn in Bass Harbor,130 Tremont Road.
The rest of the fall season features a variety of work from resident artists across several genres of live performance. Choreographer Katie Rose McLaughlin returns with “This Beach Used To Be a Dance Hall,” a dance theater event about the sea that will feature young people from local schools. This performance, self-rated “G,” is set for the Pemetic School gym in Southwest Harbor on Friday, Sept. 30, at 6 p.m.
Later in the season, playwright Matthew Jellison will develop his play “The Giants” about a giant in a big city and the people in his path.
Theater-maker Marina McClure and her company, The New Wild, will present “ZZ’s Sleepaway Camp for Disordered Dreamers,” an immersive theater event for middle school audiences and up.
The season is highlighted by two Barn Arts original events. The Incredible Dinner Show II returns on Saturday, Oct. 8. This fundraiser pairs a five-course meal with a five-act show. Reservations are required.
The season will close with an all-new immersive Halloween event, The Haunted Woods, in which audience members will venture into a dark forest to solve a mystery.
Visit barnartscollective.com or call 412-9435.