Outside the Wire Returns to Maine

Theater of War actors

Outside the Wire works with a large cast of actors. Here, co-founder Bryan Doerries is on stage with actors Elizabeth Marvel and Bill Camp.

Riveting theater. Thoughtful discussion. A critical issue.

In April 2013, Maine Humanities Council brought the acclaimed theater company Outside the Wire back to Maine to perform a piece on domestic violence especially commissioned by the Council.

Domestic violence crosses all class, gender, educational, ethnic, and religious boundaries. A domestic violence assault is reported every hour and 38 minutes in Maine. Nearly half the murders in Maine are domestic violence related.

It is a difficult issue to discuss, but it is critical that we do.

Theater is a proven– and powerful – means for discussing difficult issues. When MHC brought the nationally acclaimed theater company Outside the Wire to Maine in 2011, nearly 800 Mainers experienced three riveting performances on critical health care issues. Audience members described the experience as moving, exciting, and transformative.

The impact of the 2013 performance was equally profound. This time, Outside the Wire used scenes from A Streetcar Named Desire to examine the topic of domestic violence and invite public dialogue. The event unfolded in three parts: a dramatic reading by professional actors; responses to the scenes from a panel of community members representing a variety of perspectives on the issue (for example, family members, law enforcement, domestic violence prevention advocates, and health care professionals); and a community, town-hall style discussion lead by OTW's Bryan Doerries, a skilled and thoughtful facilitator.

Audiences in Portland, Lewiston, and Bangor took this unique opportunity to explore the problem of domestic violence and learn more about how to resist it in their communities.

Past Performances:
Portland, ME
John Ford Theater, Portland High School
April 16, 2013 | Tuesday evening, 7 - 9 pm
Portland Tickets
Lewiston, ME
Franco-American Heritage Center
April 17, 2013 | Wednesday evening, 7 - 9 pm
Lewiston Tickets
Bangor, ME
Gracie Theatre, Husson University
April 18, 2013 | Thursday evening, 7 - 9 pm
Bangor Tickets

Outside the Wire

Partners and Advisors

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Amanda Cost, Program Coordinator, Spruce Run (Penobscot County)

Julia Colpitts, Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence (Statewide)

Emily Gormley, Public Awareness and Community Support Coordinator, Caring Unlimited (York County)

Cynthia Freeman Cyr, Executive Director, Womancare (Piscataquis County)

Rebecca Hobbs, Executive Director, Next Step Domestic Violence Project, (Washington & Hancock Counties)

Jane Morrison, Executive Director, Safe Voices (Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford Counties)

Matthew Perry, Assistant Team Leader, YAAPP, Family Crisis Services (Cumberland County)

Lois Reckitt, Executive Director, Family Crisis Services (Cumberland County)

Jean Sanborn, independent scholar