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‘Fritz Lyon Times Two’ for Playhouse one-acts

Jul 08, 2019
Finn Gibson and Maximillian Howard

BELFAST — Showcasing the talents of playwright Fritz Lyon and Belfast’s young actors, The Playhouse Theater Company presents two one-acts on Fridays and Saturdays, July 12, 13, 19 and 20, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees, July 14 and 21, at 4 p.m. Directed by Mary Weaver, these one-acts are two of her favorites written by Lyon, her long-time collaborator. “The Apple Joke,” written in 1967, was her introduction to Fritz’s buffoonery and it was the first play she produced in the Belfast Opera House in 1986. “So What’s My Motivation” was written in Belfast in 2001 and is Lyon’s comic take on actors and acting.

Maximillian Howard (TJ, App) is currently studying for his Bachelor’s degree in theater at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. He grew up performing in plays at The Playhouse and now continues at college acting in parts like Kent in “King Lear” and Braum in Tony Kushner’s “A Bright Room Called Day.” He is experienced as a director, puppet designer, producer and playwright. His original play “Dirt” was produced in a workshop production, and his second original play “Shiloh’s In The Freezer” is having a reading by the Sarah Lawrence Mainstage Theater Department this coming semester.

Isobel Kelly (Lee, Susan) just graduated from Belfast Area High School and this autumn will pursue a double major at Champlain College in Vermont. This will be her fifth production with The Playhouse, and her tenth production in town. Besides acting she also writes and plays several kinds of flute. She was most recently in “Splitting Heirs” at The Playhouse with Finn Gibson.

Finn Gibson (Guy, Buff) has performed in many plays at The Playhouse, starting with “Beware the Jabberwocky” in 2010, and most recently in “Drop Dead” and “Splitting Heirs.” He loves the stage, and hopes to find more opportunities to act at Yale University where he will be going this fall. He will probably study math or physics, but recognizes that the arts can teach things that STEM cannot. Gibson feels like acting with Weaver has taught him a lot about human emotions and empathy and given him an outlet for his comedic talents.

Now in its 25th season, The Playhouse, 107 Church St., is an intimate theater with limited seating; call 338-5777 for reservations. Tickets are $15, senior and student $10; available at the door.




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