Who We Are:
The Bagaduce Theatre was founded in July 2016. Named for the beautiful river it overlooks, the theatre is situated in an 1850's barn on the Fowler Farm in Brooksville, Maine. The theatre's first production, "O Brave New World: Shakespeare Live!" was an original adaptation by Monique Fowler of Shakespeare's "The Tempest." Woven into the story were scenes from others of the great Shakespearean classics: "Romeo and Juliet", "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "Macbeth" and "As You Like It." The season also included a staged reading series of both classic and contemporary plays.
Our mission a Bagaduce Theatre is to offer excellent live performances to the Greater Blue Hill Peninsula in this unique rural setting. Each summer we program an exciting roster of plays from timeless classics to cutting-edge scripts. Our company is comprised of students, local talent and visiting professionals. Whether entertaining our audiences with comedies or engaging them with heartfelt drama, we offer productions that speak to us today. We are dedicated to furthering the arts, education, and conservation of our rural community.
The History of Fowler Farm:
The Fowler Farm is a 150-acre coastal property on the Bagaduce River in Brooksville, Maine. The property's first owner was Andrew Webber. It was then sold to the Quaker and farmer, George Mills, in the nineteenth century. Rear Admiral J.W. Fowler purchased the "Mills Point Farm" in 1972 from Ms. Ada Mills Tapley, then 92. Admiral Fowler's son, Dr. William Fowler, designated the land forever wild when he first placed it with the Castine Conservation Trust. It is now with the statewide Maine Heritage Trust. The Bagaduce Theatre is dedicated to the Fowler Family legacy.
The Production Team: *Appearing with permission from Actors' Equity Association
Monique Fowler* (Artistic Director, Director)
Monique has had an acting career spanning 30 years, performing on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, and in leading regional theatres across the United States. Favorite playwrights include William Shakespeare, Henrik Ibsen, Bernard Shaw, Anton Chekhov, Eugene O’Neill, Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee, and Arthur Miller. She has been an Associate Artist at the Old Globe since 2006. In 1999, Monique took her one-woman show on the American poet, Elizabeth Bishop, to Brazil. She performed her second play, The Other Life: Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, at both the University of Maine in Orono and at The Cell Theatre in NYC. Monique has taught both undergraduate and graduate acting at Temple University. She received her B.A. in English and French Literature from Oberlin College and M.A. in Speech and Theater from the University of Michigan. Monique's grandfather, the Rear Admiral J.W. Fowler, was born in Lewiston, Maine. Monique dedicates The Bagaduce Theatre to her family and she is proud to continue its legacy at The Fowler Farm.
John Vivian* (General Manager)
John has been a member of Actors’ Equity Association since 1971. Stage Managing on Broadway: Rent, Death and the Maiden, Waltz of the Toreadors, Pygmalion, Hay Fever, Twice Around The Park and Man On The Moon. Off-Broadway: World premiere of London Suite, Moscow Stations, Union Square Theater;Molly Sweeney, Roundabout Theater; Isn’t It Romantic, Kaufman at Large, Bonjour La Bonjour, Meetings, Phoenix Theater; Geniuses, Christmas on Mars, Playwrights Horizons; Hands of its Enemy, Blue Plate Special, Manhattan Theatre Club; Ten by Tennessee, Lucille Lortel Theater. Regional: A Streetcar Named Desire, Williamstown Theater Festival; Diary of Anne Frank, Hartman Theatre Co.; A Shadow Box and A Christmas Carol, Fords Theater; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Comedy of Errors, Taming of the Shrew, Dallas Shakespeare Festival; House of Blue Leaves, Westport Playhouse. National Tours: The Sisters Rosensweig, Lost in Yonkers, Waltz of the Toreadors, Camelot.Special Events: Broadway on Broadway, Times Square; Broadway Under The Stars, Bryant Park; Tribute to Lorne Michaels, Spring Gala, Tribute to Carolina Herrera, American Songbook, Lincoln Center; Inner Circle Show (with Mayors Bloomberg and Dinkins).
Patricia Conolly* (Director)
Patricia Conolly has worked in London with the Royal Shakespeare Company and in the West End with Dame Maggie Smith. She has also performed at the Chichester Festival Theatre with Sir Laurence Olivier, in Paris with Peter Brook, on Broadway with Ellis Rabb and the APA Repertory Company, and with many other leading names in the US, UK, Canada and her native Australia. She has played some dozen or more leading Shakespearean roles, as well as classic roles as diverse as Blanche from Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, and Hedda from Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler. She works regularly on and Off-Broadway and has taught and directed in New York, Boston, San Diego, and Florida.