By Liam Woodworth-Cook
There’s a chapel up on Munjoy Hill, right as you crest the steep hill on Congress. There’s a laundromat with a short Italian man who’s been on the hill 47 years giving you your quarters as you come to the top. You pass the Hilltop Coffee Shop, a trendy spot to caffeinate and do work. The hill starts its descent to the Eastern Prom, the Atlantic before you. Past Hilltop Coffee there appears to be a small building that looks like it could be a boy-scout’s cabin sunken back from the street. “Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization” it reads. Then there’s a little Italian eatery; across the street, a restaurant called the Blue Spoon has tables outside and an inviting sign hanging in the wind. There’s a Rosemont cafe & bakery; colorful letters and fresh breads poke out.
And now we are on the descent down the hill, my friends. There’s a large stone chapel aside an empty fenced in block of grass. This is the St. Lawrence Arts, host of the Good Theatre. A converted church, it now proudly proclaims a three-part mission. First, to promote and host artistic performance in an affordable and accessible space; be that theatre, music, dance, film, or workshops. Second, to be a community events space of both Munjoy Hill and Greater Portland. Of course, a community center must go hand in hand with the arts. Art and community are symbiotic hosts. The third mission point of St. Lawrence Arts is to serve as a hallmark of historic preservation, and the reinventing of such: from church to theatre. St Lawrence is owned and operated by the Friends of St. Lawrence Church, a non-profit.
While this might be a drive from campus, for the rest of October St. Lawrence Arts will be hosting the performance of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”, adapted to the stage by Simon Stephens. If any of you have taken or are currently taking an Intro to Literature class with Professor Ann Boyce, you know this book by Mark Haddon is used in our curriculum. It is a fabulously funny and heartwarming tale of the neurodivergent boy Christopher. He’s a curious savant knowing every country in the world. He hates the colors yellow and brown and doesn’t believe in Heaven because we’d know if dead bodies were being rocketed up into space. When his neighbor’s dog is murdered and he seems to be the culprit, Christopher sets out to find the real killer in his suburban English town. It is a joyous read and while I have yet myself to see the play, the reviews speak of dazzling entertainment.
This play won the 2015 Tony Awards for Best Play. Performance times are Wednesday and Thursday at 7 p.m., Fridays at 7:30 p.m. (all three of these times are $25), Saturdays at 3 and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. (weekend shows $32). This play will run weekly until the 28th of October.
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