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 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 Soloway

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Eric Darrow Worthley

Stories and Reviews

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

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