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February 13, 2017    Bookmark and Share

Gaslight 2017 Season Opens With "The Chalk Garden"

  • The Chalk Garden
  • by Enid Bagnold
  • Directed by Laura Graham

Gaslight Theater's 80th consecutive season opens March 3rd, 2017 with a production of Enid Bagnold's The Chalk Garden, directed by Laura Graham.

About the Play

Family drama and wit meet in this exploration of the secret world of childhood through the prism of a dyed-in-the-wool dowager, her precocious and equally eccentric granddaughter, and the enigmatic new governess.

Mrs. St. Maugham lives in her country house in a village in Sussex, where the garden is composed of lime and chalk. She is taking care of her teenage grandchild, Laurel, who has been setting fires. Miss Madrigal, an expert gardener, is hired as a governess, despite her lack of references. The valet, Maitland, has just been released from a five-year sentence in prison. Olivia, Laurel's mother, who has remarried, arrives for a visit. When the Judge comes to the house for lunch, he reveals that he had sentenced Miss Madrigal to jail for murder.

When The Chalk Garden was revived in London in 2008, critics called it a “neglected stage masterpiece” and praised Bagnold’s writing as “extravagantly eloquent”, “irresistibly vivid” and “hauntingly beautiful”. Bagnold is also the author of the much-loved novel National Velvet.

Cast and Crew

  • Mrs. St. Maugham: Nina Tilander
  • Laurel: Isabella Rose Coulombe
  • Miss Madrigal: Erika Lamarre
  • Olivia: Maggie Wachtl
  • Nurse: Jeanne Langdorf
  • Second Lady: Wendi Richards
  • Little Lady: Heidi Holst
  • Maitland: Frank Omar
  • The Judge: Joe Klapatch

The Chalk Garden is directed by Laura Graham and produced by Richard Bostwick. Ken Graham is the Assistant Director and Pat Strubel handles props.

Make Reservations

The Chalk Garden runs Friday through Sunday, March 3rd through 5th and 10th through 12th at Hallowell City Hall. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees are at 2:00 pm.

Tickets are 12 dollars for adults and 10 dollars for students and senior citizens (60 and up). Reservations can be made online or by calling 207-626-3698 and leaving a message.

See the Show for Free!

Volunteer ushers and box office staff are also being sought for all performances. Volunteers can see this great production for free! E-mail us at to volunteer. We also greatly appreciate donations of baked goods and 8-ounce bottles of water for our concession table.

Production Dates:

  • Friday and Saturday, March 3rd and 4th, 7:30 pm
  • Sunday March 5th, 2:00 pm matinee
  • Friday and Saturday,March 10th and 11th, 7:30 pm
  • Sunday. March 12th, 2:00 pm matinee