THE ROYAL TAR
Threadbare Theatre Workshop's original, participatory play engages locals in crafting a true story that has become legend up and down the coast of Maine.
Inspired by the sewing circle of women who launched Burnt Cove Church years ago, we spin the legend of The Royal Tar through the eyes of a young immigrant girl, Fionnuala, who boarded its fated planks on a Friday in 1836.
The Royal Tar was a glorious new steamship carrying aristocrats and immigrants, a traveling circus complete with a menagerie (including an elephant, two lionesses, camels, pelicans, snakes-- word is still out on the leopard), and a full brass band, headed for Portland but tragically caught fire trying to escape a violent gale and sank in Penobscot Bay.
photo | Dan Rajter