Death Wings Project

  • Date: April 20, 2023 - April 29, 2023 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Location: Meetinghouse Arts, Freeport

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Death Wings, Welden’s play with songs, won the 2020 Maine State Prize of the Clauder Competition for New England Playwrights and was workshopped at the Boston Center for the Arts with Fresh Ink Theatre pre-pandemic. The script is now ready for full production in Brunswick and Freeport, with co-directors - René Goddess, Dana Legawiec, and Bess Welden; performers - Denise Poirier, Lyra Legawiec, Shannon Wade, Erica Murphy, and Julia Langham; music/musician - Janice O’Rourke; and designers - Meg Anderson, Michaela Wirth, Rachel Taylor, and Emilia McGrath. Described as “lyrical, mysterious, and moving,” the play unfolds over the last 100 minutes of Grand’s life - her memories, visions, feelings, and questions that help her discover the five sentences that tell her final story.  She's dedicated her life to making wings that she believes helps others die, and to raising her granddaughter Rachel, a scientist who is determined to fly. Full of poetry, songs, and a radical re-visioning of the Daedelus/Icarus myth, Death Wings asks us to marvel at the wonder of flight - real and metaphorical - and the mysteries of human love, connection, loss, and letting go. The show will be performed on a set designed as an interactive art installation for audiences to explore before each performance.


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Meetinghouse Arts

40 Main Street
Freeport  ME  04032