For the month of December, Wayside's partners at Portland Stage Company are featuring a production of a Holiday classic: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Executive Director Mary Zwolinski and Wayside are featured in the corresponding PlayNotes (Season 45, Issue 03), a resource guide filled with background information, interviews and commentary to enhance audience members theatrical experience. Created by the Portland Stage Literary and Education departments, these extensive guides present a broad spectrum of information and perspectives on each play. 

"In A Christmas Carol, we see the repeated importance of giving back to the community. A common way to find connection to others and give back is through food; Scrooge buys the “prize turkey” for the Cratchit family, who are in financial trouble and unable to afford a Christmas feast. Here in Portland, there are a number of organizations that work year-round to help residents with food security. Food security is broadly defined as having regular access to healthy and affordable food; food insecurity can take many forms, such as a lack of food sources or economic inability to buy groceries. From working with local farms to operating food pantries to providing sustainable cafeteria food, there is a large variety of what non-profits do to fight food insecurity. One such community organization is Wayside Food Programs (Wayside); below is an interview with Mary Zwolinski, the Executive Director."

Interview with Mary Zwolinski

Entire issue of PlayNotes

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