On Saturday June 30 the staff of Penobscot Theatre will throw their first COMMUNITY BLOCK PARTY. The event is to be held at the Bangor Opera House as well as in the parking lot directly next door to the theatre (Union and Main) and will last from Noon-8PM. This is a free event but a $5 donation is encouraged.
The PTC Block Party will feature a number of attractions, including: Outdoor community BBQ, theatrical activities for all ages, tours of the Historic Bangor Opera House, ticket giveaways, a live radio broadcast, a cabaret performance with Christie Robinson and Ben Layman and a screening of the Sundance Award winning film The Puffy Chair with special guests film Director and Actor Mark Duplass and film actress and Mainer, Katie Aselton. All guests are encouraged to stay for a post show Q&A with the visiting artists.
A majority of the parking lot will be filled by local business vendors offering giveaways and sale items. As a Non-Profit theatre PTC takes pride in giving back to Downtown Bangor, which is why they are offering free booth space to any interested local businesses. Participating businesses are encouraged to offer giveaways, discounts and promotional items to the public. There is still plenty of space available and they are welcoming all businesses to set up shop and show the community what they have to offer.
This is a celebration dedicated to Downtown Bangor so please come and show your love for the Queen City and local theatre.
All Block Party inquiries should be sent to:
Community Engagement Coordinator
About THE PUFFY CHAIR film screening and talk-back:
Writer, director, producer, and actor, Mark Duplass first made a name for himself when he starred in, co-wrote, and co-directed a string of award-winning short films which premiered at Sundance in 2003 and 2004. He and his brother Jay also wrote and directed the 2005 Sundance breakout hit The Puffy Chair, which went on to win the Audience Award at SXSW 2005 and was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards. The film was released theatrically by Roadside Attractions and Netflix in 2006. Baghead, their next feature film, was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics at Sundance 2008 and released later that year. Fox Searchlight recently released Mark and Jay’s first studio feature, Cyrus, starring John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill and Marisa Tomei, which garnered rave reviews and earned the second highest per-screen average for any film that year. Their latest film, Paramount’s Jeff Who Lives At Home, stars Jason Segal, Ed Helms, Susan Sarandon, and Judy Greer and is currently in release.
As an actor, Mark co-starred in 2005’s The Puffy Chair, Joe Swanberg’s 2007 Hannah Takes The Stairs from IFC Films, and 2009’s breakout Sundance hit Humpday from Magnolia Pictures. Mark also appeared opposite Ben Stiller in Noah Baumbach’s Greenberg, which Focus Features released in March 2010. Upcoming films include Lawrence Kasdan’s Darling Companionstarring Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline, FilmDistrict’s Safety Not Guaranteed starring Aubrey Plaza and Jake Johnson, IFC’s Your Sister’s Sister starring Emily Blunt and Rosemarie Dewitt, and Dreamwork’s People Like Us alongside Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks.
Mark also has produced numerous films including the 2010 Sundance Film Festival feature, The Freebie, starring Dax Shepard and Katie Aselton, and the breakout Sundance 2012 feature BLACK ROCK starring Aselton, Lake Bell, and Kate Bosworth.
Mark resides in Los Angeles with his wife Katie and two daughters.
Katie Aselton is an acclaimed actor and filmmaker most well known for her starring role in the FX comedy show “THE LEAGUE.” The show debuted in 2009 and will enter its fourth season this fall.
Aselton’s breakout acting role came in the 2005 Sundance hit THE PUFFY CHAIR. Directed by Mark and Jay Duplass, the film was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards. THE FREEBIE, Aselton’s directorial debut in which she also stars, premiered to critical acclaim at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The film was acquired by Phase 4 Films following its Sundance premiere and released theatrically in September 2010. In his rave New York Times review Stephen Holden called the film “a prelude to a Strindbergian nightmare.”
Aselton’s follow-up to THE FREEBIE, the survivor thriller BLACK ROCK, premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. BLACK ROCK, which stars Aselton, Lake Bell and Kate Bosworth, was one of the most buzzed about films at Sundance and sold to LD Entertainment who will distribute the film theatrically this fall.
Other notable film roles for Aselton include INTERVENTION (Berlin 2006, Silver Bear and Teddy Award), CYRUS (Sundance 2010) and Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s EASIER WITH PRACTICE (2010 Independent Spirit Award Winner). Aselton was also recently seen in Jesse Peretz’ 2011 comedy OUR IDIOT BROTHER opposite Paul Rudd.