OHMPAA - Community Theater in the Hills

Papermaker poster


Monica Wood

June 20-30 at the Norway Grange

directed by Julie Middleton

This humor-laced drama takes place in 1989 in the third month of a bitter paper mill strike in a small Maine town. While awaiting a ruling that will result in either a win for the strikers or a win for management, a struggling union family grapples with everyday life: illness, the unexplained need to create art, and a son trying to feed his young family. Meanwhile, the mill’s NYC-based CEO is dragged on a weekend getaway by his 26-year-old daughter, who has chosen this time to address her father’s failings.

Through a series of events, the two families collide, testing each other’s and their own notions about family and loyalty. The characters in Papermaker are real, humanly flawed and beautiful.


Auditions will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 15 and Tuesday, April 16 at Deering Memorial Community Center (the stone church), South Paris. Call-backs or first read through will be Thursday, April 17 at DMCC.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Optional: prepare a short monologue (no more than one minute) from a published play that you feel helps show a depth of emotion. Please bring any known rehearsal conflicts.

Perusal scripts

Perusal scripts are available at the public libraries in South Paris, Norway, Harrison and Lewiston.

Performance dates

June 20, 21, 22 & 28, 29 at 7:30 p.m. and June 23 & 30 at 2:00 p.m., on the OHMPAA stage at the Norway Grange, 15 Whitman St. Norway, Maine


Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings. No weekends expected until production week. Rehearsal location is TBA for the first two weeks, to give our children's production time on our stage. Remaining rehearsals will be at the Norway Grange.

Available roles

Ernie Donahue

Ernie is vice president of the union, married to Marie, father of Jake. Age 45–60ish. Ernie has lived in the same town his whole life, where he married and remains in love with his high school sweetheart. He has become frustrated with the strike, and opts to stay home and care for Marie and work on the ark he’s building in the yard.

Marie Donahue

Married to Ernie, mother of Jake. Age 45–60ish. Although frail from suffering with a life-threatening cancer, Marie is secure in who she is. She is deeply devoted to her family, loves her town, wants her husband to go back to work and has a strong sense of right.

Jake Donahue

Only son of Ernie and Marie. Age: early to mid 20s. Jake is married with a baby. Jake is proud, (trying to) have a mind of his own and is struggling to find work to support his family during the strike.

Nancy Letourneau

Family friend of the Donahues, wife of the union president. Age: 45–60ish. Nancy is a retired home health care nurse returned to work to support her family during the strike.

Henry John McCoy

The CEO of Atlantic Paper. Age 50–60ish. Henry is a NYC businessman who made his way to the top through talent, grit and determination. Strategic and a risk-taker, Henry cares immensely about the reputation and quality of his business.

Emily McCoy

Daughter of Henry. Age: early to mid-20s. Emily is a college student struggling to find herself. Desperate to develop a relationship with her father, she has taken an interest in the mill, but more importantly in the strike and her father’s role in how the strike is impacting the workers.

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