SOUTH PORTLAND — Mad Horse Theatre Company will open its 27th season in its brand new theater at the Hutchins School, 24 Mosher St., with “November,” by David Mamet.

The show, which began Thursday, will run Thursdays through Sundays until Oct. 21.

According to a news release, “With election season in full swing, nothing could be more perfect than starting the season with Mamet’s side-splitting comedy, ‘November,’ a relentlessly hysterical take on the state of American politics today — and a delicious antidote to this political season.”

With election day looming, incumbent President Charles Smith sees his chances for reelection growing bleaker by the minute. His campaign is out of money, and his staff is jumping ship. Smith hates his job but he’s not ready to give it all up without a fight. He comes up with a Hail Mary play, a last-ditch effort to use the annual turkey pardon as a chance to win back voters while making a quick buck on the side.

Mad Horse Theatre’s artistic director, Christine Louise Marshall, directs the cast of five, featuring Mad Horse members Brent Askari, Burke Brimmer and James Herrera, and guest artists Mark Rubin and Lisa Van Oosterum.

Mad Horse will be performing “November” in its own recently completed black box theater at the Hutchins School in South Portland. The building already houses the company’s rehearsal space, offices and costume shop, and now Mad Horse will be performing there as well.

Performances run Thursday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

There will be a special Talk Back with the director, the actors and the design team immediately following the matinee performance on Sunday, Oct. 21.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Mad Horse also offers pay-what-you-can performances each Thursday during the run. Reservations are recommended.

For more information or to buy tickets, call 730-2389 or visit

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