Jim Cartwright’s “Two,” a play set in an English pub and centered on the constantly bickering couple who own the business, is the second of two spring plays by the Mount Desert Island High School drama department.
“Two” opens Friday, May 27, with a performance at 6 p.m. Shows are scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, May 28, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 29.
The play is not new to director Frank Bachman. He directed the play last summer for Acadia Repertory Theatre, where two actors played all 14 or so roles, as intended by the author. For the high school production, Bachman has cast nine actors in the roles.
Heading up the cast as the pub owners are Mary Paola and Lucas Wood. The action takes place during one night in the pub. The other actors, Tarzan Munson, Molly Brown, Natalie Rogers, Grace Drennan, Rosie Avila, Bonnie Snyder and Ellie Jacoby, portray various customers. The story runs a gamut of emotions and is told through a series of vignettes before ending with the couple coming to terms with an unspoken tragedy in their lives.
One of the problems with directing a spring play at the high school is it comes at a busy time for students. As a result, it can be difficult to find enough actors to fill a large cast or even to schedule everyone for a rehearsal, Bachman said. He realized “Two” could be adapted to meet these demands after accidently finding the script he used for the Acadia Rep production.
“I still had the script in my bag,” he said. “I more or less stumbled upon it.”
While using more than two actors “lightens the load,” there still are plenty of demands placed upon the supporting cast.
“They have the challenge of creating two distinct characters,” he said.
Bachman said he is impressed with the progress the actors are making.
“They just immediately took to the script,” he said.
One of the unique aspects of the play is the lack of props. The pouring of drinks, washing glasses and similar actions are all mimed. This presents another challenge for the actors, Bachman said.
Although there are no props, there will be the sounds associated with the props. The sound of a glass breaking or cash register ringing will handled live offstage by sound effects person Jacob Sanner.
For the set, Bachman is utilizing the backdrop created by Peter Miller and students for the recent production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).” Costuming is by Marilee Marchese and lighting by Grey Burkart.