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‘A White Heron’ at Pontine Theatre

Virtual Event

Join Pontine Co-Artistic Directors, Greg Gathers & Marguerite Mathews, online, as they share their original staging of Sarah Orne Jewett’s beloved story, A White Heron.   Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909)  was born into an old New England family in the coastal town of South Berwick, Maine. Drawing from her native region, she is admired for her stories celebrating small town life set on the Maine seacoast.  Pontine brings Jewett’s story to life onstage through storytelling, toy theatre figures, shadow puppetry and a rolling panorama, all created by Mr. Gathers.

Virtual online performances will be presented Friday 4 December @7pm, Saturday 5 December @3pm and Sunday 6 December @2pm.  Tickets are $27 or $24 for Seniors and Students and may be purchased online at Pontine’s website:  www.pontine.org.  Tickets must be purchased twenty-four hours in advance of performance.

In the mid-1880s, after the Atlantic Monthly turned down her newest story,  Sarah Orne Jewett wrote to a friend, “What shall I do with my ‘White Heron’ now she is written? I love her, and I mean to keep her for the beginning of my next book.”  Jewett kept her word and used it as the title story of her next book.  Readers were universally delighted, and nearly every reviewer singled out “A White Heron” for praise. One critic exclaimed that the story “is a tiny classic. One episode of child-life, among birds and woods makes it up; and the secret soul of a child, the appeal of the bird to its instinctive honor and tenderness, never were interpreted with more beauty and insight.” Recently “A White Heron” has found new life as feminist scholars have reconsidered the story’s themes.  It mimics and then subverts the old-fashioned fairy tale, in which the arrival of a princely figure challenges a young girl to reassess her place in the world.  All of which explains why this rejected magazine submission remains Jewett’s most celebrated story.

Pontine Theatre Co-Director, Greg Gathers, performs a scene from the company’s original staging of Sarah Orne Jewett’s beloved story, A White Heron.  Available to view online December 4, 5 & 6th.