On Thursday, July 14, “Writers Forum,” hosted by Joan Clemons of Belfast, will introduce a different program format. Instead of writer Gerald George reading his own work, actors will present a dramatic performance of two of George’s one-act plays. The program will air from 10 to 11 a.m. on community radio station WERU, 89.9 FM, and may also be heard streaming live at weru.org.

George is the leader of the Downeast Salt Coast Sages poetry group. He also has published four books, as well as many articles and poems. In 2010, he was selected poet laureate of the Maine Senior College Network. George formally studied Japanese Noh Theatre, which inspired him to write plays combining elements of Noh with stories of Maine.

The first play, “Bailey’s Mistake,” to be presented was accepted by Acorn Productions of Portland, Maine, in a competition for the 2008 Maine Short Play Festival and was given four performances there. The second play, “The White Heron” borrows from two stories, “A White Heron” by Sarah Orne Jewett and  “Feather Mantle,” a 16th century Japanese Noh play of unknown authorship.

Michael R. Brown, who directed the plays for this broadcast and is one of the readers, has published four books of poetry. Others reading are poet Valerie Lawson, actor Greg Williams and artist Dan Butler. WERU’s Program and Operations Manager Joel Mann provided technical engineering expertise for this performance.

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