Current Production


by Al D'Andrea & MK Wolfe and the AHGB Ensemble

directed by Al D'Andrea

Friday September 29, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Saturday September 30, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Sunday October 1, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Thursday October 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Friday October 6, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Saturday October 7, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Sunday October 8, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Portland Ballet Studio Theater
517 Forest Avenue, Portland, Maine

A world premiere production

Panhandlers versus the City of Portland.  The conscience of a community is tested when Portland residents must come to grips with conflicted feelings about homelessness, giving, and individual freedom, as the proposal of a simple public safety ordinance unleashes a torrent of passionate, sometimes outrageous response from all sides that ultimately leads to a heated court battle over Constitutional rights.  This 100% true tale of the Portland median strip controversy is told in the voices of those involved: mayors, city councilors, advocates, lawyers, police, neighborhood association heads, the press, and of course, the panhandlers themselves.




Harlan Baker


Cathy Counts


Tom Handel


Rene Goddess Johnson


Patricia Mew


Eric Norgaard


Bob Pettee


Mary Randall


Pat Scully


Nick P. Soloway


Eric Darrow Worthley

Stories and Reviews


Portland panhandling issue takes center stage in 'Anything Helps God Bless'  |  Portland Press Herald

'Anything Helps God Bless' explores Portland's failed ban on 'signing' and the lives of those around it  |  Portland Phoenix

Portland tried to ban panhandling in the medians.  Now there's a play about it  |  Bangor Daily News



This new play tackles Portland's failed panhandling ordinance (VIDEO)  |  Bangor Daily News