Mackerel sky, mackerel sky. Never long wet, never long dry.

We are thrilled to welcome local playwright Jon Ellsworth to be in residence at the Opera House for a week-long workshop with actors & a director to develop his play Mackerel Sky. The workshop culminates in a public reading where the community is invited to hear the play in its newest iteration on Saturday, February 29 at 4pm


Mackerel Sky is set in 1971 in a small Maine town. The back to the land movement is picking up steam, causing unease amongst the locals. The Vietnam War's hold on families that have sons and daughters serving has only tightened. The 1960's have finally arrived in Maine, and everyone is feeling the restraints and limitations of Grant Wood's American Gothic.

About the Playwright

Jon Ellsworth lives in Brooklin and runs Carding Brook Farm and Carding Brook Farm Timber Frames with his wife Jennifer Schroth. Mackerel Sky is his second attempt at a full length play.  His first play, Stream Crossings, was produced by New Surry Theater in 2013, directed by Bill Raiten. A very big thank you to Kate Russell for sticking with the play through its many rewrites over the past three years. And to the Opera House for offering the space and time to workshop

Mackerel Sky.

I like to think that this play, in a sense, is Jackson Pollack swirling bright colored paint onto a large print of American Gothic. While smoking a cigarette!

— Jon Ellsworth

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