FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Tony Adams, Executive Director
Opera House Arts
1 School Street, Stonington, ME 04681
207-367-2788 | firstname.lastname@example.org
DATE: August 1, 2022
TITLE: NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE OF THE PLAY WORLD BUILDERS OPENS 8/12
Stonington, Maine – Opera House Arts is pleased to present the New England premiere of the play World Builders by Johnna Adams and directed by Artistic Director, Cait Robinson, August 10-28 (Wednesdays through Sundays) at 7pm at the Stonington Opera House. Starring Brandon Fox and Nicole Orabona, World Builders is a dark comedy about two people with personality disorders who fall in love during a psychiatric drug trial. Please note: During Live Performances and Events, all Patrons are required to wear face coverings at all times. Purchase tickets at operahousearts.org.
In Johnna Adams’ World Builders Whitney and Max both have personality disorders that cause them to retreat into imaginary worlds–until a new treatment offers them a chance to dramatically change their lives. As the pills take effect and the fantasies subside, Max and Whitney must weigh the costs of entering the “real” world versus leaving their own behind.
Johnna Adams is a 2012 graduate of the Rita & Burton Goldburg MFA Program at Hunter College (led by Tine Howe), the 2011 recipient of the Princess Grace Award and a finalist for the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Award. Her play Gidion’s Knot was published in the December 2012 issue of TCG’s American Theatre Magazine and received an ATCA/Steinberg Citation. She is a past Reva Shiner Award winner, winner of the OC Weekly’s Best Original Play award (twice), finalist for the Christopher Brian Wolk Award, finalist for the William Saroyan Prize and a New York Innovative Theatre Award nominee. Her play Sans Merci was produced in New York by Flux Theatre Ensemble, and Boomerang Theatre produced her rhyming verse comedy, Lickspittles, Buttonholdders, and Damned Pernicious Go-Betweens. Johnna’s plays are published by Dramatists Play Service, Inc. and Original Works Publishing (originalworksonline.com).
Cait Robinson, is a freelance director and the artistic director of Opera House Arts. Recent productions include I and You and The Clean House at Portland Stage Company, Pinocchio at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Proclamation: World Sick and Proclamation: Unite at American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), The K of D for the Drama League, Gidion’s Knot and False Flag (world premiere) at Dramatic Repertory Company. Cait has directed workshops at Cincinnati Playhouse, A.R.T., Portland Stage, The Lark, and New Repertory Theater, among others, and is the former Senior Directing Fellow at Cincinnati Playhouse and Director of Summer Intensive at Cape Cod Theatre Project. Other training and affiliations: Drama League New York Directing Fellowship, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, SDCF Observership program, Directors Lab West, American Conservatory Theater fellowship program, Portland Stage Company internship, Celebration Barn Theater, and Bowdoin College. Associate member, SDC. (Cait-Robinson.com)
Brandon Fox is from Wall, New Jersey. Select New York Credits: Harmony in a Flat at The Triad Theater, Holy Ghosts at Urban Stages, Shelter in Place at Under St Marks Theater, Endlings (reading) at The Public Theater and The Dust (reading) at New York Theater Workshop. Select Regional: Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shakespeare’s Globe in London; Angels in America (u/s), You Across from Me, and Drinking on a Plane at Actors Theatre of Louisville; Select Film/TV: The First Lady (Showtime), The Food That Built America (Hulu/History Channel), Rectangibles (EIFF) and The Hunt with John Walsh (CNN); Rutgers BFA. Learn more at brandonfox.actor
Nicole Orabona (they/she), is a non-binary, Latinx theater maker who splits their time between a 45-year-old boat in NYC and a 100-year-old house in Berkshire County, MA. She thrives in collaborative and unconventional environments and has worked on over 30 interactive productions and prestige immersive events for clients that include Netflix and MGM. On-screen you can see them in the upcoming shows Grendel (Netflix) and Fleishman is in Trouble (Hulu).
Opera House Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was founded in 1999 to restore the 1912 Stonington Opera House, on the National Register of Historic Places, to its original role as a performance venue and a community gathering space. We offer a year-round schedule of professional theater, music, film, dance, educational programs, community events, and more. Performances take place in multiple venues, including the Stonington Opera House, the restored Burnt Cove Church Community Center, and at site-specific locations across Deer Isle and Stonington, Maine. Opera House Arts’ programs serve all of Hancock County’s winter and summer residents and visitors, with a special emphasis on the residents of Deer Isle and the Blue Hill Peninsula.