The Writers

Johannah Harkness
Johannah Harkness is an accomplished artist and songwriter who originally conceived of “One Way Trip to Mars” rock opera. She handled artistic direction for the production of the show’s premiere performances at the Chocolate Church Arts Center in Bath. As a photographer, Johannah has a particular interest in costuming and visual design, and brings a theatrical sensibility to her work—which can be seen on YouTube in a recent Hollowbody Electric Band music video, “Wicked Witch,” and in video excerpts of “One Way Trip to Mars.

Peter Alexander
Peter Alexander (Peter Macdonald Blachly) is a musician, writer, painter, and advocate of the arts. Raised in Washington, DC, he studied piano from age 4, began singing professionally at age 9 as a soprano in the Washington National Cathedral Choir, began studying classical guitar at age 10 with Aaron Shearer of Peabody Conservatory, and started his first rock band at age 12. His musical career has included performances with Chuck Berry, Poco, Tim Hardin, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, and other legends of folk and rock music. Since moving to Maine in 2008 Peter has served as Executive Director of Maine Alliance for Arts Education, President of the Maine Songwriters Association, music columnist for the Coastal Journal, and booking agent for numerous events and concert series for the Chocolate Church Arts Center and the Cities of Bath, Damariscotta, and Brunswick.