Opera House Arts “Our Own” Community Playreading Series celebrated its 20th anniversary season in 2020. Everyone, regardless of experience, is encouraged to participate in the “Our Own” staged playreadings, which require a maximum of 20 hours of rehearsal time over the course of a week to 10 days, and no memorization. The series presents an excellent opportunity to read new plays with their writers present; and to explore issues, drama, direction, and performance through scripts.


Those interested in participating in future productions of the “Our Own” Playreading Series should email info@operahousearts.org or call 207-367-2788.


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Burt Dow: Deep Water Man
by Robert McCloskey


Following the popular presentations of The Year of The Perfect Christmas Tree and The Wild Fox, we are proud to present a community-wide reading of another beloved Maine story, Burt Dow: Deep Water Man by Robert McCloskey. 


Local families, musicians, and artists young and old take part in reading the story from their homes.


Whenever Burt Dow, who lives in a snug little house on the Maine coast, sets out to sea, his pet giggling gull goes along. But this time, it will take all his might and some plain old ingenuity to save him and the gull from a raging storm.


This project is directed by OHA Community Advisory Board member and self-proclaimed "local mama" Melissa Jones-Bayley.


THE FIRST 25 FAMILIES TO REGISTER for free for this virtual program were also be able to pickup a free copy of the book along with a treat bag at the Opera House Box Office (corner of School and Main St.)

"Sonneteers -- come on down!"

"All are welcome and playing this as a TV game show -- with the Shakespearean idea of 'rotten tomatoes'?! -- will be fun."

Dueling Sonnets: The Game of Love

Shakespeare’s sonnets are as relevant today on the theme of love as they were 400 years ago. These 14-line, rhymed, iambic pentameter masterpieces are the perfect vehicle for poetry “duels” between pairs of readers trying to prove that their proclamation of love and poetry is the strongest as they most often feature two contrasting characters, events, beliefs or emotions. Like Shakespeare, Dueling Sonnets: The Game of Love will employ this classic form to examine the tension that exists between two views of love at any one time. A winning sonnet and its reader is selected from each round by audiences whether live or virtual.

Directed by OHA Community Advisory Board member and Actors Equity member Robert Burke of Sedgwick, the evening will be performed live on the Opera House stage April 28-29 and streamed to audiences everywhere.



Wild Fox book reading at the Stonington Opera House

A community-wide reading of this beloved local Deer Isle, Maine story, by Cherie Mason with illustrations by Jo Ellen McAllister Stammen. This project is directed by OHA Community Advisory Board member and self-proclaimed "local mama" Melissa Jones-Bayley and is comprised of videos of local families reading individual pages of the story from their homes. Author Cherie Mason, a former OHA actor and board member, is also featured in this production.


THE FIRST 35 FAMILIES TO REGISTER for free for this virtual program also received a free copy of the book along with a treat bag at the Opera House Box Office (corner of School and Main St.) starting March 1.

by Cherie Mason

with illustrations by Jo Ellen McAllister Stammen


by Yasmina Reza

translated by Christopher Hampton
directed by Tim Peper


February 24 & 25  7PM  LIVE STREAM



This Performance includes Adult Language.


William Anderson
Juliet Lesser
Erin Bray-Walker
Tyler Walker

Produced courtesy of Dramatists Play Service

The two evening production of an enticing, high energy, four person drama, GOD OF CARNAGE by Yasmina Reza, will be directed by Tim Peper. As is the custom of the series, auditions for the four roles are open to all community members on Saturday, January 30 in socially-distanced time slots beginning between 1 and 4 pm, and no memorization is required to participate in this playreading.

GOD OF CARNAGE, a raucous living room dramedy, premiered on Broadway in 2009 with an all-star cast including Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini, and Marcia Gay Harden. In the play two sets of parents, one of whose child has hurt the other at a public park, agree to meet to discuss the matter in a civilized manner. However, as the evening goes on, the parents become increasingly childish, resulting in the evening devolving into a chaos of irrational "playground" arguments, some involving the loaded topics of misogyny, homophobia, and racism.

TIM PEPER has worked extensively in television, starring in ABC’s Carpoolers as well as pilots for CBS, ABC and Fox.  He has played dramatic roles on hit series like The Good Wife, Law & Order, Complications for USA, and The Affair on Showtime.  He got his start in film, including the cult hit Glow Ropes: The Rise And Fall Of A Bar Mitzvah Emcee and Disney’s The Greatest Game Ever Played.  In 2017 Peper wrapped shooting on Amazon’s comedy series, Jean-claude Van Johnson.  Most recently, he starred in IAMA Theatre Company’s Los Angeles stage premier of Daniel Pearl’s A Kid Like Jake at the Pasadena Playhouse.  A recent transplant to Blue Hill, Tim is grateful to have found a creative home in the Stonington Opera House, a performing arts company that stakes its pride on uniting passion with purpose and community.

Tim Peper director of God of Carnage at the Opera House

An “Our Own” Community Playreading of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. Adapted and directed in radio-style format by OHA Community Advisory Board member, actor, and director Robert Burke with a four-member cast of Burke, Bill Anderson, Mason Woodman, and Veronica Young--recorded live on the decorated Opera House stage

by Charles Dickens
Adapted and edited by Bob Burke.


December 19-31, 2020  ON DEMAND

Year of the Perfect Christmas book reading at the Stonington Opera House

A community-wide reading of the beloved holiday story, by Gloria Houston with illustrations by Barbara Cooney, directed by OHA Community Advisory Board member Amanda Larrabee and including footage of local families reading individual pages of the story from their homes before their holiday trees. This virtual program will include free “treat poke” material kits pickup at the Opera House Box Office at the corner of School and Main Street.

by Gloria Houston
Directed by Amanda Larrabee


Dec. 18, 2020 at 7pm

Dec. 19-31, 2020 ON DEMAND

Love/Sick playreading at the Stonington Opera House





September 12, 2020  at 4pm 


by John Cariani



Obsessive/Impulsive: Taylor Staples, Mason Woodman

Singing Telegram: Effie Dobbertin, Tim Peper

The Wish: Jill McDonnell, Peter Richards

The Two of Them: Marvin Merritt IV, Carmin Sherlock

What?: Marvin Merritt IV/, John Eliot Burke

The Answer: Emma Plummer/, Drew Wendell

Uh-Oh!: Sam Harrington, Debbie Weil



Lunch and Dinner: .William Anderson, Ariane Van Buren

Chicken: Ray Dinsmore, Nancy Geene

Forgot: .Becky Siebert/, John Steed

Where Was I?: Pam Driesell/, Amy Morley

Destiny: Bob Burke/, Veronica Young


Stage Directions: John Cariani


Directed by: John Cariani, Linda Nelson, Peter Richards

Stage Manager: Rebecca Schneider

General Manager: Pam Getto

Tech Crew: Tyler Walker, Luce Luna

House Management: Riley Getto, Ellie Larrabee

Bring Your Own Seat or Blanket and Sit in Designated, Socially-Distanced Spaces for Up to Five People  

$20 per Space (On seating chart pick "S" ticket)

OR Drive-in and Watch and Listen from Inside Your Car

$20 per Car (On seating chart pick "V" ticket)

Join us Saturday, September 12 at 4 pm (rain date: Sunday September 13 at 1 pm) for OHA's first "Our Own" Community Playreading of the fall season: Maine playwright John Cariani's (ALMOST, MAINE) most recent comedy, LOVE/SICK. Directed by John himself, an award winning Broadway actor as well as playwright, 20 of your friends, neighbors, and family star in these 10 short, slightly twisted and completely hilarious plays that turn the romantic comedy on its ear.


Set on a slightly surreal Friday evening in June in an alternate suburban reality, this play examines life, love, relationships, and mental health in suburbia. How sick are we? How well are we? Who’s to say? Are we better off alone? Or coupled? And—again—who’s to say? Full of imperfect lovers and dreamers, LOVE/SICK takes a hard and hilarious look at what it takes to navigate the course of true love. And it doesn’t run smooth.


The cast includes the following students from the Deer Isle-Stonington High School drama program: Jill McDonald, Emma Plummer, Taylor Staples, Drew Wendell, and Mason Woodman. The rest of the community cast is comprised of Bill Anderson, John Eliot Burke, Robert Burke, Ray Dinsmore, Effie Dobbertin, Pam Driesell, Nancy Greene, Sam Harrington, Marvin Merritt IV, Amy Morley, Tim Peper, Peter Richards, Carmin Sherlock, Becky Siebert, John Steed, Ariane Van Buren, Debbie Weil, and Veronica Young. 



  • All patrons must bring a mask to the ball field. Masks must be worn when entering and walking to your designated space, when exiting, and at all times when patrons are not seated in designated spaces.

  • All OHA staff will wear masks at all times. 

  • Seating spaces--with up to 5 persons per party--will be 6 feet apart. The first row of spaces will be 14 feet from the stage. 

  • For your safety, please follow all OHA staff instructions, especially when entering and exiting the ball field. 

  • Bathroom facilities are limited. Please plan accordingly.

  • Please arrive early. Doors open at 3pm.