2014-04-04 / Ticket

Bachrach back in the act

Actor, Brunswick native David Arthur Bachrach returns to his home town to appear in new Snowlion production
BY GINA HAMILTON The Times Record


DAVID ARTHUR BACHRACH, front, performs the role of Bones in Snowlion Reperatory Theater’s “The Elephant Piece.” 
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO DAVID ARTHUR BACHRACH, front, performs the role of Bones in Snowlion Reperatory Theater’s “The Elephant Piece.” CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BRUNSWICK

David Arthur Bachrach, who will be playing the role of Bones in the upcoming Snowlion Repertory Theater’s production of “The Elephant Piece”, is a hometown boy.

Even though Bachrach - son of a local country doctor and a singer, town councilor, and state legislator - currently lives in New York, he’s very pleased to come home. And the play offers that opportunity.

“I was born and raised in Brunswick,” he said. “I had my first taste of acting when I was a first grader at Coffin Elementary School, and I played the role of Hansel in a school play. Everyone was applauding and cheering, and I thought, ‘I like this.’ I was hooked.”

Bachrach sang as a boy, and played in productions at Bowdoin’s

Mask and Gown Society when a part called for a child or younger person.

Bachrach says he’s been cast in all manner of productions, in both musicals and nonmusical plays. “I’ve been in hundreds of productions before tens of thousands of people,” he mused. “But more importantly, I feel that I’ve achieved my life’s ambition.”

He is proud of the role he’s playing now. “It’s a fantastic lead role in an extraordinary and vibrant piece,” he said. He was offered the role by friends who run the Snowlion Repertory, and feels that they have entrusted him with a huge responsibility.

Bachrach will visit Brunswick during the show’s run; his family still owns property on Mere Point. “It’s wonderful to be back in Maine,” he said. “This will always be my hometown.”

“The Elephant Piece”, written by Darryl Curry and directed by Al D’Andrea, will run from April 11 through April 20 at the Portland Stage Studio Theater, at 25B Forest Ave. in Portland. Friday April 11, Saturday April 12, and Sunday April 13 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday April 19 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday April 20 at 7:30 p.m. On Wednesday, April 16, there will also be a special reception and performance to benefit Rosie and Opal, two rescued circus elephants living at a farm in Hope, Maine. The time for that performance is 7:30 p.m. as well. All seats are $17. The telephone number is (207) 518- 9305. For more information or to order tickets, visit them on the web at www.snowlionrep.org.

According to the company, “The Elephant Piece” is a modern fable that launches the audience on a journey into delightful musical mayhem and absurdist spectacle that ultimately touches the heart and gives hope that our species might just survive its own destructive nature. The story follows the exploits of the charmingly dysfunctional vaudevillian "Hackers" who chase after the last elephant on earth, each lusting for a piece of the elephant in the belief that it will make him or her whole. The gleeful greed of the singing and dancing Hackers collides with the innocent everyman Paul, who tries to shield his young son from the harsh realities of today's world. But it is the unconditional love of this child and the innate wisdom of Elephant that proves a powerful force that catapults the play to its final dramatic conclusion. This musical tale is a funny, biting satire full of elephant lore, songand dance flights of fancy, and surreal imagery that blends to make an expressionistic carnival more relevant than ever as the majestic elephant once again faces unrelenting devastation by poachers.

ghamilton@timesrecord.com

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