This week

• Portland Stage Company hosts the 15th annual From Away festival of international playwriting at 7 p.m. Monday. From Away features the voices of international playwrights, whose work is excerpted and performed in translation.

This year’s festival includes readings from the work of Pilar Quintana (Colombia), Josephine Rowe (Australia) and Jeremy Tiang (Singapore), followed by an open-forum discussion between the writers, Portland Stage artists and the audience.

Admission is a suggested donation of $5. Portland Stage is at 25A Forest Ave.


• River Arts, 170 Main St., Damariscotta, features the exhibition “Small Works” through Dec. 2. The show includes 140 pieces of art in a variety of media and styles by 70 Maine artists. The juror for “Small Works” is sculptor and collage artist Marylin Quint-Rose. For information, visit or call 563-1507.


Coming up

• Freeport Performing Arts presents a show titled “Symphony Plus,” featuring Freeport resident and pianist Laura Kargul and her University of Southern Maine colleagues Robert Lehmann, Robert Russell, the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra and the USM Chorale. The concert, at 3 p.m. Nov. 19, is a benefit for Freeport Performing Arts Center, 30 Holbrook St. Admission is $12, or $10 for seniors. The performance will feature Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy,” Poulenc’s “Gloria” and works by Handel and Brahms.

For information, visit or call (888) 702-7730.