Bowen Swersey of Southwest Harbor in costume for "Pandemonium," a new play that Swersey wrote that is being workshopped this week in a residency at the Barn Arts collective. The play will be performed Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Barn. PHOTO COURTESY OF BOWEN SWERSEY

‘Pandemonium’ to take the stage



TREMONT — A Greek comedy by Southwest Harbor writer Bowen Swersey will be performed at the Barn Arts Collective’s Barn on Saturday, June 23, at 7 p.m.

“Pandemonium,” a play in two parts, takes place on the slopes of Mount Olympus. The play is part of the Barn’s new Local Residency Series.

Swersey was the host of several Songwriter Showcase events at Coda in Southwest Harbor this winter. He sold more than 2,000 CDs in Maine with his previous band The Beatroots during the 90s. He is working on a new musical project, recording material with his trio, Big Tree, including fiddler Gus La Casse and bassist Jarly Bobadilla.

Bowen also is a poet and novelist. He pays his bills by building artistic stone landscapes.

Since 2008, Barn Arts Founding Artistic Director Andrew Simon has been inviting artists to Bass Harbor to create new works of performance. In the past 10 years, more than 450 artists have created more than 150 new pieces of theater, music, dance, film, puppetry, opera and more through the Barn Arts Residency Program. This year, more than 100 artists will come to Bass Harbor to develop over 40 new pieces at the Barn.

The Barn is at 130 Tremont Road in Bass Harbor. Admission is by donation. For reservations, visit barnartscollective.org.

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