Actors perform a scene in Harborside Shakespeare Company’s summer touring production of “Hamlet” in 2014. PHOTO COURTESY HARBORSIDE SHAKESPEARE CO.

Harborside Shakespeare wins grant to stage festival

ELLSWORTH — The Maine Theater Fund, administered by Maine Community Foundation, has awarded a grant to help Bar Harbor-based Harborside Shakespeare Company stage a Shakespeare festival in Acadia National Park. The festival will include a series of performances and educational activities.

The Maine Theater Fund’s other 2015 grant recipients include the Denmark Arts Center for its production of “Rules to Follow in Cloud Engineering.” The full-length experimental work combines film, theater and music to tell the story of controversial polymath and Rangeley resident Dr. Wilhelm Reich.

Figures of Speech Theatre also was awarded a grant for the final workshop phase and premiere performances of composer David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning composition, “The Little Match Girl Passion,” at Bates College.

Recognizing the connection between vibrant communities and support for the arts, an anonymous couple established the Maine Theater Fund in 2005 to strengthen and sustain theater performance throughout the state. Awards are typically between $2,500 and $5,000.

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