New troupe takes on modern fable “The Swan”

STEUBEN — WinterSea Theatre Experiment, a newly founded theater troupe, will perform Elizabeth Egloff‘s contemporary fable “The Swan,” a comic and mysterious take on the Leda and the Swan myth, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 and Jan. 30. Bangor actor Ben Layman is directing “The Swan.” The cast includes well known musician Phil Kell as The Swan, actor and goat farmer Lisa Reilich as Dora and actor and drama educator Greg Mihalik as Kevin.

In “The Swan,” a part-time nurse, Dora, lives alone on the Nebraska prairie. She has gone through three husbands and now seems destined to remain the lonely mistress to a married milkman, Kevin — until a swan crashes into her living room window. She attributes her unsatisfactory love life to her belief that men are born on the planet Pluto, sent to Earth by radar and struggle to adapt to an alien environment. Meanwhile, the swan adapts just fine learning to drink beer, play checkers and adore its new mistress.

WinterSea Theatre Experiment’s focus is more on performance art than traditional theater.

“WinterSea Theatre Experiment focuses on classical works done in new ways, new works and the yet-to-be created,” its promo says. “The piece is not as important as the creativity brought to it and the process that arises.”

The production’s sound design/stage management is being handled by Axis Fuksman-Kumpa, while Margaret Mae Reilich-Godino will serve as technical crew.

Suggested admission to the live-streamed “The Swan” is $5 per person and $15 per household. To attend, visit

For more info, call 598-6621 or email [email protected]



Letitia Baldwin

Arts Editor at The Ellsworth American
In addition to editing the Arts & Leisure section, Letitia edits special sections including Out & About, Overview, Health Quarterly, Your Maine Home, House & Garden and Get Ready for Winter. She comes from Chicago, Ill, but has deep family ties to the Cranberry Isles. [email protected]

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