Emack's 'Power Play' at Bangor library

May 20, 2014
Laura Emack

Bangor — Snowlion Repertory Company will present “Power Play,” a new script by playwright Laura Emack of Prospect, Saturday, May 31, at 1:30 p.m. at Bangor Public Library, at Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St. City actor Irene Dennis, who coordinates the library’s monthly play-reading group, will lead an audience talkback after the performance.

“Power Play” explores a little-mined dramatic territory in the high-stakes world of college sports. The action happens at a fictional college in Vermont, but University of Maine fans will relate to challenges facing the new men’s hockey coach. The team's resurgence falters when Shane Reilly, star freshman goalie, gets into academic hot water. Both coach and player face crises in which integrity wages battle against the need to win.

Emack's work has been seen in New York City and at various Maine settings including the Maine Playwrights Festival and Penobscot Theatre’s Northern Writes new play festival. In December 2012, Husson University Theatre (HUT) produced the world premiere of Emack’s “The Easter Parade.” The playwright looks forward to seeing three short plays — “Backseat Driver,” “A Talking Scale” and “The Day the Music Died” — performed by Midcoast Actors’ Studio of Belfast, directed by Jason Bannister, in October.

Snowlion Repertory Company is based in Portland. In addition to producing cutting-edge plays and musicals, Snowlion operates Playlab, a group of playwrights and actors that meet monthly to explore new scripts written by members. Co-founder Al D’Andrea will direct the second “on book” presentation of “Power Play following its Playlab debut in January and consequent revisions. Snowlion’s trip to Bangor is funded by Bangor Savings Bank and Deighan Wealth Advisors.

Light refreshments will be served; advance reservations are recommended, as seating is limited. Cost is $5. All proceeds are payable to the BPL Building Fund. To reserve space, call 567-3437 or email LKECPA@prexar.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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