Touring Programs

Pontine Theatre is a small miracle.  This theatre has used puppets, mime and stagecraft to convey visions of the past to modern audiences for more than 35 years. Artistic Directors, Marguerite Mathews and Greg Gathers, conspire to fascinate the contemporary mind with original works based on the stories and literature of New England.  There’s really nothing else like it anywhere.”  
                                                               —New Hampshire Magazine

To bring Pontine to your community, contact us at info@pontine.org


Pontine’s touring programs are supported by the Jack & Dorothy Byrne Foundation, the Lincoln Financial Foundation, and the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.


AVAILABLE DECEMBER 2018

A VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS

The centerpiece of this year’s holiday program is a toy theatre staging of Charles Dickens’ classic, “A Chritmas Carol.” Toy theatre is a form of miniature theater that enjoyed great popularity as a parlor entertainment in Victorian times. Toy theaters were printed on paperboard sheets and sold as kits at the concession stand of an opera house, playhouse, or vaudeville theater. Toy theaters were assembled at home and performed for friends and family members. The nostalgic charm of this traditional form is sure to put audiences in the holiday spirit!  

Counting House


AVAILABLE MAY & JUNE 2019


Alice Brown’s
TALES OF NEW ENGLAND LIFE

Alice Brown, a native of Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, was best known for her popular New England tales, mostly published from 1895 to 1910. Collected into volumes, her stories of idyllic New England life portray the traditional simplicity and bounteous goodness of country life. Tiverton Tales (1899), The Country Road (1906), Meadow Grass (1886), and Country Neighbors (1910) portray female protagonists in domestic spaces, with an emphasis on small-town interests and regional dialect. Some of the stories first saw print in Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s Monthly, and Harper’s Bazaar. 

After her death in 1948 Alice Brown’s vibrant regional writing faded from local and literary memory. However, a resurgence of interest in overlooked women authors of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries has prompted recent reprinting and reissues of numerous of Brown’s regional short story volumes, bringing her to the spotlight once again as a talented and central figure in New England local color writing. Pontine Theatre’s staging of Alice Brown’s short stories bring new awareness and appreciation of her work and its significance to the New Hampshire seacoast.


AVAILABLE YEAR ROUND:
HUMANITIES TO GO PROGRAMS

"Humanities to Go" is a program of the New Hampshire Humanities Council which offers substantial fee support for presenters of public programs in New Hampshire. For information: www.nhhc.org 


NEW ENGLAND UTOPIA: 

Transcendental Communities

Pontine’s Artistic Directors, Marguerite Mathews and Greg Gathers, present scenes from their original work exploring the literature, philosophy and legacy of the American Transcendental Movement.  Drawing on works by Emerson, Hawthorne, Thoreau, and other denizens of Concord MA during the great spiritual awakening of the 1830’s and ’40’s, THE COMMON HEART evokes an enlightened era when New Englanders sought to throw off their Puritan roots in favor of a closer, more personal communion with the divine essence of the natural world.


SILVER LAKE SUMMERS: 

An E. E. Cummings Revue

Pontine Theatre’s Co-Artistic Directors, Marguerite Mathews and Greg Gathers, explore the life and work of American poet and painter, Edward Estlin Cummings, a lifelong summer resident of Silver Lake in New Hampshire. Making use of Cummings’ papers at Harvard University, excerpts from his published works, family photos, and the environment at Silver Lake, the presentation explores Cummings’ special connection to New Hampshire and the ways in which his New Hampshire experience shaped his artistic vision and body of work.



FAMILIAR FIELDS:

The Power of Community in the Work of Sarah Orne Jewett

This program by Pontine Theatre’s Co-Artistic Directors, Marguerite Mathews and Greg Gathers, is based on the life and work of 19th century New England author, Sarah Orne Jewett. The presentation explores issues of community as reflected in Jewett’s stories, and the ways in which her regional portraits speak about the essential New England character, universal experiences of geographic isolation and cultural insulation, and how individual identity is shaped and defined by community. The presentation combines excerpts from the company’s original productions, “The Country of the Pointed Firs,” and “Dunnet Landing Stories,” with contextual remarks and audience discussion. 


PRETTY HALCYON DAYS: 

On the Beach With Ogden Nash

Ogden Nash and his family spent their summers on Little Boar’s Head in North Hampton NH. Using examples from their original stage play, “Home is Heaven,” Pontine Theatre’s Co-Artistic Directors, Marguerite Mathews and Greg Gathers, explore the ways in which Nash’s life on the New Hampshire seashore influenced his poems, giving the reader insight into the man, his character and his ideas about family, society and nature. These themes form a rich portrait of the poet, and underscore how the intersection of literature and local history can deepen our understanding and appreciation of everyday events in our own backyard. 


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