MILLINOCKET — Ellsworth High School’s one-act entry “Bound,” which won the highest score earlier this month at the regional Maine Drama Festival, did not fare as well at last weekend’s state finals. Its much-praised, original play took fourth with a score of 242 out of 300.
Lisbon High School, Maine Central Institute and Lee Academy were the top three winners while Mount Desert Island High School garnered fifth place for its one-act “The Other Shore.”
Last year, EHS alum and playwright Georgia Zildjian was commissioned to write “Bound,” a feminist take on Aeschylus’s “Prometheus Bound,” as her alma mater’s entry for the 2016 Maine Maine Drama Festival competition. While “Bound” did not place among the top three winners, three of the actors, Hannah Box, Whitney Pierson and Jessica Cohen, were awarded All Festival Cast Honors by last weekend’s panel of judges.
Phillip Wright was commended for his musical composition and, along with Elijah Wheaton and Justin Brown, for its execution.
“Bound” director Jasmine Ireland related that the winning three performances by Lisbon High School, MCI and Lee Academy were excellent, although she was disappointed her production did not garner a higher score.
“My cast, crew, production staff and playwright produced a powerful, staggeringly beautiful and courageous piece of art,” she said. “I have never been more proud of any production I have been involved in.”