"The Mushroom Hunter" is a work-in-progress at the Barn Arts Collective. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE BARN ARTS COLLECTIVE

Williams’ screenplay to premiere

TREMONT — A pair of works-in-progress by Barn Arts Collective resident artists will take place at the Barn on Saturday, June 9, at 7 p.m.

Excerpts from “Blood Bag,” written, built and performed by Eli Nixon and directed by Anne Cecelia Haney, will be performed. The play is about a queer skeleton’s efforts to decolonize their marrow and learn to hear the moon.

“It is a clown-eyed probe into modern human life and our current biomedical industry dependence on horseshoe crab blood,” said a press release. “With puppets, music, and movement, the play complicates the notion of the horseshoe crab as a ‘living fossil,’ explores non-linear processes of evolution, and grapples with our individual and collective responsibility to preserve the land, sea, and sky we share with other vulnerable life-forms. This athletic exploration of inter-species kinship, adaptation, and extinction asks what we can learn about fortitude and interdependence from our primordial ancestors.”

Lynne Williams, the first resident artist to take part in the Barn Arts Local Residency series, will present her short fantasy screenplay, “The Mushroom Hunter,” based on her own short story. Williams’ goal for the residency is twofold: to refine and get feedback on the screenplay dialogue with the goal of getting it produced as a short film; and, to receive ideas for expanding the screenplay into a feature length script. This new series features local artists and stories.

The evening will run roughly 60-90 minutes and is self-rated PG. Admission is by donation. To reserve seats for this performance and for more about the 10th year of performances, visit barnartscollective.org.

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

The Barn Arts Collective brings people together for live events that make the arts and creativity a vital part of life on Mount Desert Island and beyond. The Barn Arts Residency Program is a free opportunity for artists to develop a new work of performance on MDI. Barn Arts provides free housing and rehearsal and performance space, and the visiting artists present a public event of their work-in-progress at the end of each residency. Events at the Barn occur every week throughout the summer and are offered to the public by donation. Resident Artists are selected through an application process that includes a selection committee made up of both local community members and past resident artists.



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