Where: Portland Stage Company, Portland, Maine
When: In repertory with two other local works, performances will take place on January 11, 17, 19, 22, 25 and 30, closing on February 1.
“I never had any intention of moving to a retirement community. And I certainly had not intended to do so at the age of 27.”
In support of her terminally ill mother, young journalist Ollie moves to a small town in Maine housing a cancer research facility, and takes the first job she could snatch up in the area.
As an obituary writer.
Temporary Living Arrangements, is a comedic exploration of death and mourning. It is the first full-length dramatic work by Elizabeth Lardie – Lanyard Co-Artistic Director (and former student of the company’s educational arm, The Trigorin Project). The work has been germinating in Lardie’s head for six years, and comes very directly from her own experience with grief while working as, you guessed it, a twenty-something obituaries editor for a local newspaper.
Lanyard greatly value artists' time, skills and efforts. The company has always operated on a modest budget, but it also has always paid its casts and creative consultants.For this campaign, a fundraising goal of $8,000 has been set. The funds will help ensure we can offer due compensation for our incredible actors (stay tuned for an official casting announcement!) and talented creative team, as well as offset other greater production costs.
About the Play
This is a show about confronting the inevitable. And culturally, we are not particularly adept at being able to discuss death and loss frankly, be it our own fears of how we’ll be remembered or how we celebrate a loved one’s life. One of the best (and cathartic) ways to deal with any painful subject is through humor. In Temporary Living Arrangements, this ranges from bad jokes training editors make to the horrifying absurdity of a fire at a funeral home, and the resulting “complementary cremations.” These anecdotes are mostly drawn from my own real life experience as an obituary editor, as well as my own experience with caring for a parent.
This show is also an analysis of how we navigate different versions of our life story. Prior to curtain, audience members will be invited to write down on a card one thing they would like to be remembered for. These will be anonymous and read aloud at the end. We can’t wait to read both honest and ridiculously flippant answers alike.
Lanyard Theatre Company is a professional theatre troupe operating primarily in the state of Maine and focusing purely on developing and showcasing new work, founded by area actor and playwright Kevin O’Leary. Now under the helm of founding member Joseph Barbarino and Maine native Elizabeth Lardie, the company has presented a staged reading of O'Leary's latest work, the full-length play Lascaux, and two lauded entries in Portland’s annual PortFringe fringe theater festival: Whale Watch and Heart on Crackers.
Founded in September 2005, the outfit blossomed out of a playwriting intensive called the Trigorin Project, which placed high school writers and actors with professional mentors from Maine and New York. After it became evident that community was hungry not just for students to have an opportunity to grow creatively but to see the produced work of the Trigorin mentors, Lanyard productions became semi-annual editions to the local arts and culture line-up.
We are working to make the Trigorin half of our operation a steady fixture in the area school system once again. Additionally, we are happy to return the company's annual programming to a minimum of two produced world premieres a season, and have opened up submissions beyond the original writers collective and encourage local playwrights to submit work for consideration, as either a workshop or full production.
About Studio Rep
“Three Bold, new productions from three different artists/companies, performed in repertory in Portland Stage Company’s intimate Studio Theater. Studio Rep: 4 weeks, 3 productions, 1 stage.”
Studio Rep is a new, collaborative project launched by Portland Stage to build bridges between the theater, local theater artists, and our audience. The aims of Studio Rep are to learn about what excites the next generation of theater artists; introduce our audiences to their work and their audiences to ours; and above all, to contribute to the ongoing vibrancy of Portland’s theater ecology.
Lanyard is proud to help fill a void in coastal Maine - where glimpses at new work are rare to date and opportunities for stage artists to workshop new ideas can be similarly elusive.
We are very excited return to full productions once more, and are incredibly grateful for the support we will receive to move forward with this production and beyond!
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