|Description: ||North to Maine is the first play ever written about the Appalachian Trail and the thru-hikers who attempt to walk every one of its 2,180 miles within a single season. Those who complete the journey are called 2000-Milers. They come from all walks of life, and from all over the world. They carry all their possessions on their backs, and sleep in tents and shelters along the way, trusting their lives to providence, to the kindness of strangers, and to their own hands.
North to Maine is the recipient of First Runner-Up in the 2010 James Rodgers National Playwright’s Competition at the University of Kentucky, was called “a work of particular merit” by the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, and was solicited for the 2010 Humana Festival of New American Plays reading cycle at Actors Theatre of Louisville. North to Maine is sponsored by The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, The New York – New Jersey Trail Conference, and a number of outdoor equipment companies including Osprey, Leki, and Gear to Go Outfitters. North to Maine’s world premiere was produced by State of Play Productions Inc., directed by Eric Parness of Resonance Ensemble, and was covered by both Backpacker and Outside Magazine.
Two monologues from the show were selected to be published in "Best Men's Monologues of 2014" by Smith & Kraus publications.
For more information go to http://www.brentonlengel.com/northtomaine
Praise for North to Maine:
"North to Maine is an epic play about an epic journey…a stunning and emotionally involving work of theater…All five characters are rich, highly individual creations... all bring energy, insight, and deep humanity to their work... they create as seamless and satisfying an ensemble as any you're likely to see on stage right now...It's a journey well worth the taking." - Martin Denton, NYTheatre.com
"Playwright Brenton Lengel has crafted a loving and more importantly likeable portrait of the Appalachian Trail and her transitory inhabitants. He succeeds not only in making explicit the way such an adventure can change a person’s life, but also creates solid, three-dimensional characters that we grow to love...This is a play as much about the human condition in microcosm as it is one man’s personal journey through 2,000 miles of American wilderness." - Marti Sichel, Woman Around Town