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Winter 2022 - Christmas Memories & Christmas Carol

Island Stage Left

Island Stage Left's traditional Island Christmas entertainment starts with our much-loved "Christmas Memories" and a new-to-the-island, one hour, one man "A Christmas Carol"!


Allen Fitzpatrick, a very talented actor with an extensive resume covering 45 years and including Emmy-winning work on Broadway, will perform his one-man “Christmas Carol” for us Dec 23rd and 24th. It’s a brilliant piece of theatre: touching, funny, and full of life. We know you’ll love it. And ahead of that, Dan will once again be joined by Laura Concord, as singer, to reprise the perennially popular “Christmas Memories,” based on the childhood of Dylan Thomas, December 17, 19, 20, and 21.


We had hoped to mount a fall show this year – “JQA,” by Aaron Posner. It’s a witty, moving, intelligent series of imagined dialogues between John Quincy Adams (JQA) and his contemporaries, in public and in private, set in the politically polarized world of 19th century America. A timely piece, indeed!


However, issues both public and personal prevented us from doing the piece this fall. We would have had to start rehearsals mid-October, and we were unable to resolve ventilation concerns for the show in time. The delay is also partly due to some health issues of our own that had to be dealt with.


As it happens, The Fairgrounds is now committed to remodeling the Marie Boe building, where we generally present our indoor shows, and included in the plan is the installation of a modern ventilation system! This solves our concerns about making our audiences as safe from COVID as possible. However, the construction project will close the Boe building from January until next summer, so “JQA” will almost certainly be put off until the fall of 2023.


We are terribly sorry for the delay. Helen has already been using her time to start reading historical backgrounds of the characters in JQA, and that is proving a rich and surprising journey. (The nuances of English and US accounts of the time are so very different from one another!) We will prepare a handsome, well-researched and beautifully acted production for you next fall.


But all is not lost for this year! We are working to install temporary ventilation at the Marie Boe building in December, in order to bring you two (yes, two!) holiday shows, one of which has never before been seen here.


We are looking forward with great excitement, to seeing you in December, air purifiers in place at the Marie Boe, and masks recommended to protect others who may be vulnerable. We are, as usual, boostered to the max!


Seasonal cheers to all,

Helen & Dan



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PLEASE NOTE:

Since Island Stage Left offers all its performances free of charge, we do not sell tickets or take reservations (unless you are a member of the Star Circle), although donations are always appreciated and are essential to the longevity of the company.

 

Seating is on a first come, first served basis and arriving at least 15 minutes early is always a good idea especially for the indoor shows.

 

In the summer, our outdoor performances have chairs set up, and also space for you to bring your own chairs if you prefer, plus space for blankets and sleeping bags close to the stage.

 

The request to bring warm clothes and blankets is to keep you warm, as the temperature can drop 20 degrees on some summer nights.
We look forward to seeing you!

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