By Emily Burnham
“The thought of writing a musical never entered my head. The thought of writing a play never even entered into my head,” Loring said. “But I have all this material, all these stories collected from my novel and from all the research I’ve done. I needed an outlet.”
Needless to say, her outlook on the idea changed when she took a playwriting class at the University of Maine with acclaimed resident playwright William Yellow Robe. One year later, Loring’s musical play “The Glooskape Chronicles: Creation and the Venetian Basket” will have a premiere reading at 7 p.m. Monday, May 21, at UMaine’s Neville Hall.
The play combines a contemporary setting with ancient, traditional stories from the Wabanaki people, drawing parallels between modern day issues and the legends handed down through generations. Songs from many different musical traditions are woven in throughout.