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October 25, 2012

Lookout: Mystix plays at Blue Ocean

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The program is open to individuals age 55 and older. It is produced by the Firehouse with partial funding provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Port native’s play staged in NYC

Newburyport native Gregory S. Moss is writing an exciting new chapter these days.

A production by the writer and performer is being staged next month in the city. It opens Nov. 1 and runs through Nov. 17 at Astoria Performing Arts Center.

The “quirky, creepy, bawdy comedy,” “Billy Witch,” tells the story of 14-year old Oliver who “braves the wilderness to discover change at sleepaway camp. Miles away from home, surrounded by pubescent boys and girls, Oliver is not prepared for the life altering transformation he will soon experience. From twisted first sexual encounters, to spooky campfire stories unfolding before his eyes, Oliver’s time at camp is anything but normal.”

Moss has an MFA in playwriting from Brown University. His other plays include “Reunion,” “punkplay,” “sixsixsix,” and “House of Gold.” Moss has taught writing and theater at Brown University, Providence College, University of Rhode Island, St. Cloud State University, Whitman College, Johnson & Wales University, The Eugene O’Neill Center and The Playwrights’ Center.

The current director of the graduate dramatic writing program at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, Moss is now at work on commissions from Playwrights Horizons, Woolly Mammoth, and Clubbed Thumb.

Salisbury author releases novel

Salisbury resident Douglas Wynne released his first novel last week — and it’s just in time for Halloween.

A launch party for the rock-’n’-roll ghost story, “The Devil of Echo Lake” will be held next Friday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. at Jabberwocky Bookshop in the Tannery Marketplace, Newburyport. Wynne will sign copies of the book during the festivities.

Ham and bean supper next week

The Bethany Masonic Lodge will host their next ham and bean supper on Saturday Nov. 3 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

The menu includes ham, two kinds of beans, hotdogs, brown bread, garden salad, potato and egg salad, Cole slaw assorted desserts. Admission is $8. It is free for children to attend.

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