The Everyman Repertory Theatre has received a grant from the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine Arts Commission to support its annual staged reading production in March. Edna St. Vincent Millay’s verse play “Conversations at Midnight” seemed a sure fire choice to combine the performing arts and humanities, said Paul Hodgson, Everyman’s artistic director.

“We try to focus our readings on local artists or local issues, and we’ve been lucky to be able to focus on internationally renowned and local artists like Louise Nevelson and Millay,” he said.

The staged readings will take the Everyman on tour for the first time with shows at First Congregational Church of Camden, Millay’s family’s church; Rockland’s Farnsworth Art Museum; University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center, Belfast; Unity Centre for the Performing Arts; and Damariscotta’s Skidompha Public Library during the last three weekends of March.

Hodgson said he suspected he was not alone in being unaware that Millay had written plays.

” ‘Conversations at Midnight,’ however, is a lively and often hilarious after-dinner conversation, with muscular and powerful verse that varies from the formality of a sonnet to parodies of Ogden Nash. It’s a real find,” he said.

Tickets are $15 and can be obtained by calling the Everyman Rep at 236-0173. Everyman Repertory Theatre, founded in 2008, is a registered 501(c)3, not-for-profit theater company whose mission is to achieve excellence in professional theater in the greater Penobscot Bay region.

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