Libra Series Play, "Uncle Bob"

Apr 26, 2013 07:00 PM

Location: Performing Arts Center

Ryan French and Scott Sortman rehearse Uncle BobMACHIAS, Maine – Local actor/director Scott Sortman, a 2004 graduate of the University of Maine at Machias, will bring Austin Pendleton’s play Uncle Bob to UMM on April 26 and 27.

Uncle Bob (Sortman) lives in New York as an uproariously articulate hermit, separated from the wife to whom he is devoted – and who is devoted to him. He is visited by his nephew, Josh (UMM student Ryan French), who is without a job, without a completed college education, and without any sense of a future, all of which he faces with a wit and nervy desperation that finds its only match in his Uncle Bob. Uncle Bob has AIDS, and Josh has hitch-hiked from the Midwest, uninvited (profoundly uninvited), to take care of him. A loving and funny, abrasive and profane face-off ensues.

The New Yorker called Uncle Bob “Intense … very funny … riveting.”

Author Austin Pendleton has been called “The most famous actor no one has ever heard of.” He has worked in the New York theatre and in films for over 50 years, with such luminaries as Meryl Streep, Zero Mostel, Frank Langella, Jerome Robbins, Lillian Hellman, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Elizabeth Taylor, and Orson Welles, as actor, director, and playwright. He has also spent much of his life teaching others, including Scott Sortman.

Uncle Bob tells a story of love and death in language and subject material which does not compromise. This play deals with sensitive issues and includes language or content that some may find objectionable. Unaccompanied minors under age 18 will not be admitted.

Uncle Bob will be presented in the UMM Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27. Admission is free for students, $10 for adults, and $15 for couples.

The play is part of the Libra Series at UMM, and is made possible through funding from the Libra Foundation, a Portland-based philanthropic organization founded in 1989 by the late Elizabeth P. Noyce.

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