Staged readings of William Nelson’s new play “The Beeches” will be presented Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11 and 12 at 7 p.m. at The Playhouse, 107 Church St. Because of limited seating, reservations are encouraged by calling 338-5777. Doors will open 15 minutes before curtain.

A tale of privilege, persona and quirky romance, the play is set in the kitchen of The Beeches, a storied cottage on the Maine coast. Nelson, a Belfast resident, bills his work as a postmodern retelling of “Cinderella” by way of “The Cherry Orchard” and “Der Rosenkavalier” … with a nod to “Grey Gardens.”

Readers presenting the two-act play are Becky Brimley as the house’s enigmatic resident, Ellen Kittredge; Sally Baldwin as its major-domo; Chip Curry as a local now representing the house for sale; Mike Fletcher and Diane Coller Wilson as master and mistress manqués, Hollis and Margaret Carver; and Forest Taber as Skip Dakin, the young prospective owner.

Wilson has directed the readings, which will be hosted by Dan Kirchoff. In lieu of admission, donations will be accepted at the door to benefit CLAP, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. CLAP sponsors children’s theater at The Playhouse, now beginning its 18th season at the same location.

“We’re already hard at work with students on the first three productions of the new season,” said Mary Weaver, director of The Playhouse.

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