Events downtown

Jun 17

Great Small Works “We Love Trees”
Location: 10 Mayo Street, Portland, Maine 04101, US
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Join Mayo Street Arts and Great Small Works for two evenings of short-format toy theater work in three acts.

Enjoy the Anything Goes Trio (Marji Gere, Dan Sedgwick, and Will Green) playing the music of Tin Pan Alley. Witness Great Small Works’ “We Love Trees.” And ponder a second selection from Great Small Works’ repertoire: “Newspaper/Sidewalk Ballet” (Sat, June 17) or “Lyzer the Miser” (Sun June 18).

“We Love Trees”

Featuring a magnificent copper beech tree growing in East Somerville on the same land where the musical Hadley family lived in the early 20th century, “We Love Trees” celebrates the beauty and value of trees, and warns of the decline in our urban tree canopy.

The show uses diverse source materials from “Braiding Sweetgrass” and “The Secret Life of Trees” to Cajun folk tunes and the music of Stevie Wonder.

“Newspaper/Sidewalk Ballet” (6/17 only)

A paper theater play inspired by the conflict in the mid-1960s in New York City between developer Robert Moses and community activist Jane Jacobs. The words of biblical Moses himself help us understand the importance of public space. Spoiler alert: community activists win, and Washington Square Park is saved!

“Lyzer the Miser” (6/18 only)

Based on a Yiddish story by Isaac Bashevis Singer, a poor and clever family tricks a rich and greedy miser into parting with some of his riches. With the help of the wise Rabbi, he teaches a lesson in generosity. The story is told on a simple tabletop, with flat cut-out figures. [Family-Friendly]