STRAND spotlight

Friday, August 12 @ 5:30pm at the Strand Theatre

Co-presented with the Island Institute

Across the nation, fishermen and scientists are observing notable shifts in the ocean ecosystem and dramatic changes on the water. This series of four short films examines how the fishing industry is dealing with climate change, including warming waters, lack of biodiversity, and ocean acidification. The fourth film introduces shellfish aquaculture as an example of economic diversification for fishing communities.  The films take place in Maine, Alaska, and Florida, and were produced by the Island Institute’s Scott Sell.

Panel discussion to follow.

Tickets: $15/General Admission, $10/Island Institute Members, $5/Students


Folk-rock trio THE EDNA PROJECT will present a unique concert, “Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Poetry Set to Music” at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street, on Thursday, June 21 at 7pm. Proceeds will benefit the restoration of the Edna St.Vincent Millay Birthplace in Rockland.

THE EDNA PROJECT (wife and husband Liz Queler and Seth Farber, with son Joey Farber) are two-time grammy nominees perform an eclectic melding of folk, bluegrass, rock and jazz, presented with humor and outstanding harmonies. They have brought this performance to museums, libraries, clubs, concert halls and festivals, including Newport Folk and Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center). The concerts include projections of Millay, her home and artifacts, and her poems. The project was born when Liz, frustrated by writer’s block, opened a volume of Millay’s poetry and decided to compose music to the lyrics she read. Soon enthralled by the life and works of the unconventional, bohemian Millay (1892 - 1950) Liz immersed herself in Millay’s world and was inspired to create The Edna Project along with her husband Seth.

Hailed by Billboard Magazine as “a singer's singer”, Liz Queler (vocals/guitar/mandolin), a native New Yorker and the daughter of renowned opera conductor Eve Queler, has performed on esteemed stages from the Newport Folk Festival to Carnegie Hall. Her voice and compositions have been heard on countless jingles as well as TV and film soundtracks.

Seth Farber (keyboards/accordion/vocals) was musical director to the late, great Odetta for ten years, producing three CDs, two of which were nominated for Grammys. He was also assistant conductor at the Broadway musical "Hairspray" for it's 6 year run.

Joey Farber is fast amassing his own impressive credits, boasting 3 national jingles, an off Broadway show (Soul Doctor), and appearances on Saturday Night Live, and Late Night With David Letterman.

Both Liz and Seth currently tour with Grammy nominated children's rock band "Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could." Along with their son, Joey, they were featured on Rosie O'Donnell's HBO special "A Family is a Family Is A Family."

Proceeds from the performance will benefit the Rockland Historical Society’s project Saving A Literary Landmark - Restoring the Edna St. Vincent Millay Birthplace.

The mission of the Historical Society’s Millay House Committee: “To honor the life and preserve the legacy of the great American poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, the Millay House Committee of the Rockland Historical Society seeks to restore and share her birthplace at 198-200 Broadway in Rockland, Maine, and to foster a literary organization to perpetuate that legacy, and to promote creativity and heritage tourism in mid-coast Maine.”

Tickets: $20/General Admission.

Twice each year, the Strand offers free movie screenings as a thank you to our Members! Any person who becomes a Strand Theatre Member prior to this screening is invited to attend -- Memberships will also be available to purchase at the door.

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY: Does sex make it impossible for men and women to be true friends? This romantic comedy chronicles this dilemma through the eleven year relationship between Harry and Sally who meet in college, then pursue their own lives until they reconnect ten years later. Directed by Rob Reiner. Starring Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher. R (USA | 1989)

Strand Members should present their membership cards at the door to receive ticket(s) for admission and a coupon for a free popcorn and fountain drink. Friend and Fan levels receive one free admission; Supporter, Sustainer, Patron, Benefactor, Star, and Superstar levels receive two admissions.

No regular admission tickets will be available for this show. Information about the Strand Membership program is available on the Strand Theatre website, by calling 207-701-5053 or by emailing  [email protected].

On Friday, June 10, competitors in the first-ever St(r)and-Up Comedy Showcase will each have 5-10 minutes on stage to perform  their original comedy routine. The winner will be chosen by audience popular vote. Comedian Earl David Reed will emcee the evening and perform a full set of comedy.

Earl David Reed is known for his dynamic presence, hard-driving wit, and hilarious improvisational style -- skillfully interacting with audiences of all kinds. A stand up comedian for 15 years, he has performed at over 100 comedy clubs and colleges and is a favorite in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. The Las Vegas Review-Journal has called him “ …an urban Don Rickles!” And Don Rickles himself commented “This guy works the room like a Las Vegas showgirl…funny without being offensive.” His TV credits include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, HBO, Showtime, FOX’s Comic Strip Live, A&E’s Comedy on the Road, and NBC’s Friday Night Videos. Earl can also be seen on DVD as one of Bill Engvall’s All-Stars of Country Comedy comedians with Larry the Cable Guy and Jeff Foxworthy.

Do not miss this hilarious show!!

In this romantic comedy set in Farmington, Maine, the grieving widow (Rebecca Hall) of a singer-songwriter clashes with an acerbic journalist (Jason Sudeikis) who arrives in her small town announcing he's writing a biography about her late husband and his mysterious death. What begins as a clash of wills evolves into something more profound, as the journalist's presence helps her make peace with her husband's passing. 

ONE NIGHT ONLY: March 12 at 8pm 

Director Sean Mewshaw and screenwriter Desi Van Til will be present  for Q&A!

USA | 2015 | R | 105 min

Watch the TRAILER


"First-time director Sean Mewshaw and screenwriter Desi Van Til - they're married - have decided, intriguingly, to craft a movie about loss and letting go. And they've done so with uncommon humor and heart." - Rolling Stone

"If it's possible to be pastoral and quaint in a brazen, unapologetic way, Mewshaw and Van Til have managed it: Their film is occasionally lovely, occasionally cloying, and always... what's that word? 'Romantic.' " - NPR

Don't miss SHAKESPEARE DAY presented by the Barn Arts Collective!

Inlcudes two free "vacation week" events for kids:

11am: Shakespeare is My Hero is an interactive performance event with music, dancing and disguises, showcasing the world's greatest playwright. Ideal for kids ages 4 - 11. More info

2pm: Shakespeare and Stage Combat is a theater workshop that explores Shakespeare’s verse and characters by focusing on the body and breath. For ages 12 - 18; registration is required. More info


And a live stage production for all ages!

7pm: 12th Night! is a new production of Shakespeare’s classic comedy, reimagined for a modern audience by the Barn Arts Collective. Tickets $12.50/Adults, $5/Students  Buy Tickets

This family-friendly performance brings the story and characters to life with energy and creativity as four actors play thirteen roles in a 90-minute production.  The show features countless quick changes, original music, a pirate, a pop star, several dance parties and one big practical joke.

12th Night! played to packed houses at The Barn in Bass Harbor on Mount Desert Island during its premiere in August and has since been remounted for audiences of students and members of the public on MDI.  It plays in Rockland for one night only.

The Barn Arts Collective (formerly the Mohawk Arts Collective) is a group of artists that create and encourage community through the practice and presentation of live arts events. Based out of The Barn, a performance and rehearsal space in Bass Harbor, Maine, the organization creates new works of  performance (theater, music, dance, film), provides residencies for artists making new work, hosts and performs at community events, partners with local non-profit organizations to offer arts and educational programs, and develops and leads workshops for young people in the community.

Visit the Barn Arts Collective Website

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