“I Love Sean,” a new play by Sarah Espanier, will be performed at the Barn in Bass Harbor on Oct. 2. PHOTO COURTESY OF BARN ARTS COLLECTIVE

Barn to stage two new productions

TREMONT — On the heels of their biggest summer season ever, the Barn Arts Collective has launched into their fall season with performances of “I Love Sean” on Oct. 2 and “Richard II” on Oct. 8 and 10.

“I Love Sean,” a new play by the New York-based playwright Sarah Einspanier, will be directed by Morgan Green. The two artists are leading a residency at the Barn featuring performers from New York who will be working on the play prior to a public presentation on Friday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m.

“We’re really excited to have Sarah, Morgan and their team here in Bass Harbor,” said Barn Arts co-founder Andrew Simon. “They’re bringing a couple of Barn alumni, and I think this piece will be a great fit for the space. It’s so thrilling to have resident artists returning to the Barn and watching these relationships develop between the artists, the area and the community – all through the process of making new work and sharing it with the local public.”

While Einspanier’s play has only just been written, another residency will use a source material that’s been around for much longer. Forge, an ensemble of theater-makers, will be in residence at the Barn the second week of October as they develop a new production of “Richard II” by William Shakespeare. The Barn Arts Collective presented the only production of a Shakespeare play seen on Mount Desert Island this year with their smash-hit, four-actor “Twelfth Night” in August, and according to Simon, they’re looking forward to presenting more re-imagined classic material. “We met the artists from Forge when they came to a Chekhov performance that we staged on the water in June and had an immediate connection with the group. It will be great to have them back here working on a play with such depth and poetry.”

Excerpts from “Richard II” will be performed on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m.

The Barn is at 130 Tremont Road in Bass Harbor. All admission is by donation. Visit www.barnartscollective.com.

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