Commissioned by PTC, five Maine playwright/novelists pen original tales from Vacationland’s most shuddersome ghost towns. Turn off the lights. Turn up the volume. And get creeped out. An Audio Experience.
Featuring stories by:
Travis Baker, Robin Clifford Wood, Michael Kimball, Sam Collier, Carrie Jones, & Jen Shepard
*Closed Captions Provided
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Travis G. Baker (writer) is the author of three PTC productions: One Blue Tarp (2014), Hair Frenzy (2016) and SQUATCH (2019). His short plays, Boy Missing and The Store were included in the Maine Playwrights Festival. Other works include The Dogs Pond, God & Mr. Smith, The Weatherbox, Cold and Sex & Violence all of which were produced in New York City. He is a past recipient of a Berrilla Kerr Award for American Playwrights, the Clauder New England Playwrights Best of Maine and an Edward F. Albee Foundation Fellow. He lives in Orono with his wife, Holly, and two boys, Zane and August. He is currently working on a new play, Hockey Mom.
Sam Collier (writer) lives in Belfast. She is a recipient of the 2020-2021 Bodwell Fellowship from the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. Her play Daisy Violet the Bitch Beast King was the 2019 winner of the Modern Works Festival at Urbanite Theatre. Her plays have also been presented by New College of Florida, Theatre NOVA, the Women’s Theatre Festival, the Goodman Theatre Playwrights Unit, UC Davis Ground & Field Theatre Festival, Last Frontier Theatre Conference, PTP/NYC, Theater Nyx, and others. Sam co-hosts the playwriting podcast Beckett’s Babies and holds an MFA in playwriting from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop.
Neil E Graham (audio engineer) is very excited to be working again with PTC!While the circumstances are indeed strange, this project is simply wonderful! Originally from the Boston Theatre community (Huntington Theatre Company, Animus Ensemble, Gold Dust Orphans), Neil has performed a handful of shows with Penobscot in the past as an actor, (Oliver!, Rock of Ages, Duck Hunter Shoots Angel), but it is his recent turn as a Teaching Artist for the Dramatic Academy (Tempest, Night of the Living Dead) that has been perhaps the most rewarding. Neil can often be found moonlighting as the immortal host of his syndicated radio show “The Dark Side of the Tune”, or perhaps discovered waxing poetic about his sordid musical history, and questionable life decisions. He is truly very flattered to have been given the opportunity to bring his voice, radio and sound design experience to bear in the creation of these wonderfully spooky tales.
Don’t fall asleep.
Carrie Jones (writer): Writer, podcaster, editor, and writing coach, Carrie Jones’s award-winning fiction has been translated into multiple languages, and ended up on both New York Times and international best sellers lists, and she has received the Independent Book Publisher’s Award, Maine Literary Awards and multiple press awards, as well as landing on multiple best book lists. Writing across genres, Carrie was also an award-winning newspaper editor, on-call firefighter, columnist and photographer, received a MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and was awarded the honor of Distinguished Alum. Her podcast, “Dogs are Smarter than People” has been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times and you can find out more about it and her weird, quirky life at http://www.carriejonesbooks.blog/
Michael Kimball (writer) from Cape Neddick, Maine, is a playwright, novelist, screenwriter, and painter. His play Duck and Cover received the 2013 Northern Writes New Play Award and the John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award at the New England Theatre Conference. His play Ghosts of Ocean House was nominated for the Edgar Award (Mystery Writers of America), and his novel Undone was a London Times’ bestseller. He served 11 years on the faculty at Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing Program, University of Southern Maine
Sean McGinely (sound engineer) is a sound designer and engineer based out of New Jersey. He has a degree from York College in Music Industry and Recording Technology. Sean has been the Sound Designer and Engineer here at the Penobscot Theatre since its 45th season. Some personal favorites during that time were The Graduate, Ripcord, Fun Home, Woody Guthrie’s American Song, Gaslight, and Mamma Mia; for which he won the Maine Regional Award for Best Technical Design. Sean looks forward to a digital season during these uncertain times. He would like to thank his family for their continued support, his girlfriend for always having his back, and the Penobscot Theatre for their determination to continue creating art.
Robin Clifford Wood (writer) is a writer, blogger, poet, and teacher. She was a regular columnist in Massachusetts then in Maine, where she profiled Mainers of all ages and walks of life for five years. Her published essays have appeared in Solstice Literary Magazine (How Do You Help Your Parents Die?), MPBN’s “Music That Moves Me” series, Port City Life Magazine, and Genesee Valley Parent Magazine. Her first book is a biography/memoir hybrid about author Rachel Field, who summered in a house in Maine’s Cranberry Isles in the 1910s-1930s. Field’s house lay neglected for years until Wood and her husband purchased it in 1994. The Ballad of a Seal Hunter Showman was largely inspired by Rachel Field’s 1934 book about Capt. Samuel Hadlock, Jr. called God’s Pocket. Wood lives in central Maine with her husband and dogs. She welcomes visitors to her website: robincliffordwood.com. Her book, The Field House: A Writer’s Life Lost and Found on an Island in Maine, will be published in May of 2021.
Reed Davis (Production Associate / Digital Leader) is a Maine native and resident of Dedham, ME, having grown up enjoying production after production at Penobscot Theatre Company. He is thrilled to be joining the team as a full-time member after working on crew for PTC’s productions of Elf the Musical and Matilda the Musical. He recently graduated from the University of Maine with a B.A. in Theatre, concentrating in stage management. He previously completed an internship at Opera House Arts in Stonington, ME, serving as the assistant stage manager for their 2019 summer season. He is looking forward to transferring his skill set to work with a dedicated and talented group of artists, bringing you theatrical content digitally.
Jen Shepard (Interim Managing Director / Team Leader) is thrilled to join the staff of The Penobscot Theatre Company. She’s the proud co-owner of ImprovAcadia in Bar Harbor. She moved to Maine in 2004 to open ImprovAcadia and has been operating and performing there since the beginning. A graduate of University of Iowa and an improv alumni of iO and The Annoyance Theatre in Chicago, she also worked for The Second City on Norwegian Cruise Lines. Her Bangor artistic home is The Penobscot Theatre Company and she’s appeared many times on stage most recently as Suzette in Don’t Dress for Dinner. Shepard applies a “Yes, and..” philosophy to her day to day and business life.
Magnus Stark (Marketing Director / Editor) delivers professional photography and video production, and manager the company’s marketing collateral. His past experience includes roles as digital assets manager for the Los Angeles Unified School District and director of production for eVox Productions photography studios in Los Angeles, Detroit, New York, and London. www.magnusstark.com