The Seagull Flies At Ames Farm in July

Visit the Stonington Farmers Market every Friday from 10AM to Noon to stock up your summer pantry, buy your gifts, decorate your home with art, and find out what’s happening at the newly renovated Opera House.

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Director Peter Richards returns with an original, site-specific production

Where better to take in one of the great works of Western drama – Chekhov’s The Seagull – than on the Stonington shoreline? Opera House Arts’ (OHA) is proud to present an original, site-specific performance, with professional and community cast, of this classic dark comedy July 10 through July 26. All shows in what is sure to be a unique Maine summer experience are at 7 p.m. at Ames Farm in Stonington. The play, featuring New York City-based actors Kathleen Turco-Lyon and Craig Baldwin, both of whom previously gave stunning performances in OHA’s production of Elizabeth Rex, explores the late-19th century lives of those on a rural Russian estate as they form love triangles and confront the pressures of a changing world. In Chekhov, the only thing you can count on is life not turning out the way it’s supposed to.

The Seagull is one of the masterpieces of modern drama – it’s funny, sad, silly, serious, and amazingly insightful,” said director Peter Richards, whose family are long-time Stonington summer residents. “Performing the play outdoors, with the natural beauty of Deer Isle as a backdrop, is sure to make this production a special experience for the audience.”

Seating for the 11 performances over three weeks is extremely limited, with only 50 seats available per show. In addition to the unique venue – the plays four acts are set in different locations on the salt water Ames Farm on Indian Point Road in Stonington – those attending this performance will be treated to an immersive experience including Russian concessions. All seats are $50 and advance tickets are required and may be purchased at or by calling the Opera House box office at 207-367-2788. Directions to the farm will be available at the time of purchase. Rain dates have been scheduled in the case of inclement weather.


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