Penobscot Theatre Company Proudly Presents a World Premier Production: ONE BLUE TARP

Penobscot Theatre Company

Proudly Presents a World Premier Production


Winner of the 2013 Clauder Award for Best New Maine Play

World Premiere of One Blue Tarp January 30 - February 16

World Premiere of One Blue Tarp January 30 – February 16


Penobscot Theatre Company proudly presents the world premiere of Travis Baker’s award winning new comedy, One Blue Tarp from January 30 – February 16, in the historic Bangor Opera House.

One Blue Tarp is the story of a man, his tarp and the town that wants to take it away from him. A comedy set in the small, coastal town of Clara, One Blue Tarp centers on the conflict between individual freedom and civic responsibility as well as economic development and time-honored traditions.

This lighthearted examination of home, place, progress, and the way life “should” be was first written and developed for PTC’s 2010 North­ern Writes New Play Festival; named Best Play for the State of Maine in the 2013 Clauder New Eng­land Playwright Competition. Penobscot Theatre Company has been actively working with the Playwright, Travis Baker to develop the script over the last 2 years.

Travis Baker is the Winner of the Best in Maine 2013 Clauder New England Playwrights Competition with One Blue Tarp.  Past winner of a Berilla Kerr Award for Cold and The Weatherbox, both produced in New York City.  Other works include God & Mr. Smith and Sex & Violence with the Kaleidoscope Theatre, Ich Liebe Dich Mi Amigo (Theatricum Botinicum) and Dream of the Burning Boy (Primary Stages).  Mr. Baker studied playwriting at the University of Houston with Edward Albee, interned at the Signature Theatre Co. with Horton Foote, earned his BA at NYU, his MA at the University of Maine-Orono and his MFA at Fairfield University.  He currently teaches Composition and Creative Writing at UMaine-Orono.

One Blue Tarp is directed by Daniel Burson, Literary Manager at Portland Stage with Scenic Design by Chez Cherry (Always…Patsy Cline), Lighting Design by Gregg Carville (Always…Patsy Cline), Sound Design by Brandie Rita (Cinderella: A New Telling of an Old Tale, The Fox on the Fairway), Costume Design by Kevin Koski (WIT, Forever Plaid) and Properties Design by long time PTC artist Meredith Perry.

The cast is made up of a bevy of local, talented actors.

In a starring role is Tom Mikotowicz (Guys and Dolls, Hello Dolly!) Tom is also  the Chair of the UMaine School of Performing Arts.

The cast also includes Brianne Beck (BOEING-BOEING, The Marvelous Wonderettes), Ian Buck (The Little Prince, The Hobbit), Irene Dennis (The Sugar Bean Sisters, Steel Magnolias), Steve Estey (Spring Awakening), Kat Johnson (Sherlock Holmes, Betty’s Summer Vacation), Julie Arnold Lisnet (Always…Patsy Cline) and Arthur Morison (Around the World in 80 Days, Cinderella: A New Telling of an Old Tale).

Bumpah Stickah for One Blue Tarp!

Bumpah Stickah for One Blue Tarp!


In addition to the production, PTC is pleased to announce:

The Best Bean and Pie Contest:

Are you a Baked Bean Champion? Can you bake the Best Pie? PTC is now accepting contestants to compete in the exciting cookoff to be held at the Penobscot Theatre on Saturday, Feb 15. 6pm.

Bring a crock pot of your best baked bean recipe OR your best pie for a chance to win fabulous prizes. Beans and pies will be judged by a select panel of judges including: a local chef, radio DJ and playwright Travis Baker author of One Blue Tarp. Prizes include Season Tickets to PTC and gift certificates to local downtown restaurants.

A private prep station for contestants will be provided.

Contestants must supply their own cooking supplies.

Serving dishes will be provided by PTC.

All dishes must be ready to serve by 6PM, Saturday, Feb 15.

Please contact Brad LaBree to register: 

“New Play Development” Master Class with Travis Baker and Dan Bourson




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Playwright Travis Baker and Literary Manager of Portland Stage Dan Burson will hold a master class focusing on New Play Development at the Bangor Opera House on February 8th. PTC’s next main stage production One Blue Tarp is a world premiere that was discovered during the 4th annual Northern Writes New Work Festival. Come hear Travis and Dan discuss their experience in bringing a play to life for the first time! Class will be held from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Please visit the Education page of our website to download a registration form.

One Blue Tarp is recommended for all ages. A must see for Mainers and people from “away”.

Tickets range from $24 – $37. Student, senior and military discounts available. To purchase tickets or to inquire about group sales call the PTC Box Office at

(207) 942-3333 or purchase tickets online at

The Facts


Penobscot Theatre Company, America’s Northeastern-most professional, year-round theatre company.


One Blue Tarp, an Award winning story of a man, his tarp and the town that wants to take it away from him.


At the Historic Bangor Opera House in downtown Bangor, Maine.


January 30 – February 16; Wednesdays – Fridays 7pm; Saturdays at 5pm; Sundays at 3pm.



$10 (students)

Senior and military discounts available.


Call Penobscot Theatre Box Office at (207) 942-3333 or purchase tickets online at