The Open Book Players will stage three short original plays written by local playwrights. In front, from left, are Cindy Turcotte of Bowdoinham and Donna Loveland of South China. Behind them, from left, are Michelle Giroux-Pare and Dominique Giroux-Pare of Winslow. In back, from left, are David Moisan of Gardiner, Daniel Giroux-Pare and Rick Pare. Contributed photo

The Open Book Players will open its 25th season with three short original plays written by local playwrights at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, at Johnson Hall, at 280 Water St., in Gardiner.

All three plays were winners in the Original Readers Theatre Script Competition hosted by Open Book Players in the fall of 2020. The scripts were based on the theme “Adventures During Quarantine.” Taking first place was “Normal?” written by William A. Haley, placing second was “A Crazy, Quarantine, Family Day” by the Giroux-Pare family, and the third place piece, “Altered States” was written by Lisa Copenhaver.

Cast members include Michelle Giroux-Pare, Rick Pare, Daniel Giroux-Pare, and Dominique Pare from Winslow, Cindy Turcotte from Bowdoinham, David Moisan from Gardiner, and Donna Loveland from South China. The plays are directed by Lucy Rioux, Artistic Director for Open Book Players, and Dorothy Ann Giroux-Pare.

Reservations will be required as well as proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test at least 48 hours before attending the performances. The use of masks also will be required.

Tickets cost $8 or $5 for students and seniors. For reservations, call 207-582-7144 or visit

For more information, email [email protected].


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