Theatrical Adaptation of Bauer Poems To Premiere at Belknap Mill

LACONIA — A program premiering at the Belknap Mill on April 3-5, based on "The Women at the Well" by Grace Bauer, turns poetry into theatre. Sharon Rae Paquette has adapted Bauer's poems for the stage and she will be directing the production that provides alternative versions of familiar Biblical stories.

"Wry humor is only one element of Bauer's illuminating re-vision as she inhabits her women in their longing, sassiness, rebellion, compassion, wavering, and triumph," writes Carole Simmons Oles, author of Night Watches: Inventions of the Life of Maria Mitchell.

Bauer's poems are based on the stories the nuns taught her when she was a schoolgirl. She reinterprets the tales of those women as they go about their daily routines.

Paquette, an adjunct faculty member at Plymouth State University, has pulled together a company of actresses to stage the 90-minute production which will feature original music by Mary Edwards. The sets and props are designed by Liz Buckley.

The play will be performed over three nights with shows beginning at 7 p.m. Seating is limited, so patrons are encouraged to order their tickets early by calling 603-524-8813. Proceeds will support the programs of the Belknap Mill Society.