Everyman Repertory Theatre will present a staged reading of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s verse play “Conversation at Midnight” the last three weekends in March at several Midcoast locations.

Performances will be Friday, March 12 at 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church of Camden, 55 Elm St.; Sunday, March 14 at 2 p.m. in the auditorium of Rockland’s downtown Farnsworth Art Museum; Friday, March 19 at 7 p.m. in Reading Room of Camden Public Library, Main Street/Route 1; Sunday, March 21 at 2 p.m. at Damariscotta’s downtown Skidompha Public Library; Friday, March 26 at 7 p.m. at the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center, Route 3, Belfast; and Saturday, March 27 at 7 p.m. at Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St.

Everyman’s production of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s play “Conversation at Midnight” could never have happened without Millay’s wonderful memory because shortly after she finished the manuscript, it was burned in a fire. She told the story in a foreword to the play. Millay was visiting the islands of Sanibel and Captiva in Florida. She arrived at the Palms Hotel at around sunset, left her luggage to be taken up to her room and went down to the beach to gather shells. When she looked back at the hotel a few minutes later, it was in flames. She knew at once that the manuscript, which was in her luggage, was lost.

“And this was the only copy of the play, apart from a few poems that had been published in Harper’s Magazine the preceding autumn,” said Paul Hodgson, Everyman’s artistic director.

Millay proceeded to reconstruct the play, as she said, “made up from poems from the first draft, remembered word for word, poems incompletely remembered, and reconstructed; and new poems …”

Tickets are $15 each, on sale at Owl & Turtle Bookshop, 32 Washington St., Camden; and from the Everyman Rep box office, 236-0173. Tickets may be booked online at everymanrep.org.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.