Meetinghouse Theatre Lab: Out of the Hat! Maine Playwright's Award Bruce Pratt

Meetinghouse Theatre Lab


January 20, 2018 - 12:00 pm


January 20, 2018 - 8:30 pm


Hammond Hall, Winter Harbor   View map


On-Going Theatre , Theatre

January 20:

Production by the Winner of the MHTL’s Maine Playwright’s Award : Bruce Pratt

Notice: Regarding our upcoming Theatre Lab on Jan 20th, Bruce Pratt’s Radio Silent, winner of MHTL’s 2nd Annual Maine Playwright’s Contest: Since there are only four parts, it has been pre-cast – Brent Hutchins, Robin Veysey, Cathy Johnson, and Chris Palmetto, who was given the Sloane Shelton Struggling Thespian’s Award. That means we won’t be giving out roles at noon as we usually do. We do encourage anyone who is interested to come and watch the rehearsal which starts at noon and continues throughout the afternoon.
We do hope you will come to the performance of this staged reading on January 20th at Hammond Hall @ 7pm, to support this company and the award. Please spread the word and we hope to see you there. It’s going to be a great evening. Bruce is coming up with his family and will do a short talk-back after the reading.

Bruce Pratt of Swanville, Maine, has been awarded the second Schoodic Arts for All Meetinghouse Theatre Lab playwright competition prize for his play, RADIO SILENT. Mr. Pratt will receive $100.00 along with having his script presented in a staged reading by the theatre lab on Saturday, January 20, 2017, at 7pm at Hammond Hall in Winter Harbor.


RADIO SILENT is an intimate look at a family in crisis and we become privy to their intimate thoughts and feelings. Mr. Pratt, from Eddington, Maine, is a short story writer and novelist, a poet, and a playwright. His short fiction has been published in The Greensboro Review, Dalhousie Review, The Dos Passos Review among many other publications. He won the 2007 Andre Dubus Award, is the editor of American Fiction, and the past Director of the Northern Writes Project at Penobscot Theatre.


He will attend the reading of RADIO SILENT in January, and participate in a short talkback at the end of the performance.


Because of the small number of roles, the reading will be precast. There is no admission charge, although donations are always appreciated. If you have any questions, please email Cathy Johnson at [email protected] or Cynthia Thayer at [email protected] for more information.

About Meetinghouse Theatre Lab
The Meetinghouse Theatre Lab is dedicated to creating an ensemble of performance artists who come together to excite the senses, push the limits, and transform the definition of create with the aim of growing as performers and enriching the humanity of all involved.


Since 2003 the Theatre Lab has presented readings, staged readings, and full productions, both classic and contemporary, that challenge accepted social norms and values, question reality, break down the “fourth wall”, explore the notion of “truth”. It is dedicated to creating a yearly ensemble of performance artists who come together to excite the senses, push the limits, and explore the definition of “create” with the aim of growing as performers and enriching the humanity of all involved.

Out of the Hat! 

What’s “Out of the Hat!”? It’s a fresh, compact production with a rehearsal time of one day, 7 hours, performed that same night. The play, the director, the cast are all picked “out of the hat” so to speak — this makes it fresh and exciting for all!

It goes like so … we gather at noon to read the chosen play — many of us for the first time. After a first read, the director for the play retires to cast the show. Once done, the group works to put the play on its feet with the result being an outstanding and very fresh performance at 7pm.

Come to read and play at 12pm or come to watch at 7pm.

Interested in reading? We would love to have you! To read, you will need yourself, writing utensils, blacks, a potluck, energy and a penchant for fun. Please message Meetinghouse Theatre Lab or email Cynthia at [email protected] if you would like to be a part of the day’s production to make sure there is room.

Join us in the audience and spread the word to your friends, too! Admission is free, although donations are gratefully accepted 🙂

Our “Out of the Hat!” readings are on the 3rd Saturday of each month from November through June, so be sure to save the dates on your calendar.


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