Current Production

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by Al D'Andrea & MK Wolfe and the AHGB Ensemble

directed by Al D'Andrea

Friday September 29, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Saturday September 30, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Sunday October 1, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Thursday October 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Friday October 6, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Saturday October 7, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Sunday October 8, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Portland Ballet Studio Theater
517 Forest Avenue, Portland, Maine


A world premiere production

Panhandlers versus the City of Portland.  The conscience of a community is tested when Portland residents must come to grips with conflicted feelings about homelessness, giving, and individual freedom, as the proposal of a simple public safety ordinance unleashes a torrent of passionate, sometimes outrageous response from all sides that ultimately leads to a heated court battle over Constitutional rights.  This 100% true tale of the Portland median strip controversy is told in the voices of those involved: mayors, city councilors, advocates, lawyers, police, neighborhood association heads, the press, and of course, the panhandlers themselves.

Tickets

Cast

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Harlan Baker

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Cathy Counts

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Tom Handel

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Rene Goddess Johnson

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Patricia Mew

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Eric Norgaard

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Bob Pettee

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Mary Randall

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Pat Scully

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Nick P. Soloway

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Eric Darrow Worthley

Stories and Reviews

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Play tells Portland panhandlers' story in their own words  | Portland Forecaster

Play about Portland's panhandling debate takes the stage  | Maine Sunday Telegram

Portland panhandling issue takes center stage in 'Anything Helps God Bless'  |  Portland Press Herald

'Anything Helps God Bless' explores Portland's failed ban on 'signing' and the lives of those around it  |  Portland Phoenix

Portland tried to ban panhandling in the medians.  Now there's a play about it  |  Bangor Daily News

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Video

Anything Helps God Bless on NBC news magazine 207 (VIDEO)  |  207 on WCSH Channel 6

Anything Helps God Bless on CBS news channel 13 with Kim Block (VIDEO)  WGME Channel 13

Anything Helps God Bless on WGAN radio show Positively Maine with Tory Ryden  (AUDIO) WGAN Positively Maine

This new play tackles Portland's failed panhandling ordinance (VIDEO)  |  Bangor Daily News