Despite losing their city-owned Railroad Theater home, due to its state of disrepair, Belfast Maskers is finishing its season — as a traveling troupe. The fall production will be a collection of monologues from Alan Bennett’s “Talking Heads” series, presented at the First Church, 8 Court St., Oct. 13 through 23. The final show of the year will be an adaptation of “Anne of Green Gables” that will be performed in late November at the Shriner’s Hall near City Park.

Anyone interested in reading through some of the pieces from “Talking Heads” is invited to the home of Lilias Outerbridge, 81 Church St., on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Each monologue stands on its own, but they are connected by recurring themes of death, loneliness, guilt and regret, as well as by Bennett’s excellent, witty and often hilarious writing.

Read-throughs are an informal occasion and open to anyone, regardless of their intent, but are especially valuable to those who wish to audition for the production the following day. The auditions will be held Sunday, Sept. 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Parish Hall of the First Church, Spring Street entrance.

Angela Bonacasa returns to direct the show. Although the pieces that will be chosen from the collection have not been determined, she will very likely be casting several middle- and older-age women and at least one similar-age man.

For information about this, other events and opportunities to help the troupe with its plans to move forward in 2012, visit or find Belfast Maskers on Facebook.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to