For Release: September 22, 2010
Eastern Front Theatre Announces 2010-2011 Season
Plays with Perspective
Halifax, NS – Artistic Producer Scott Burke announced today Eastern Front Theatre’s Playbill for the company’s 18th Season and the return of the SuperNova Theatre Festival, Atlantic Canada’s national professional theatre festival.
“Eastern Front Theatre enjoyed a very successful transition season in 2009-2010,” said Burke, “I’m delighted to report our move to venues on the Halifax peninsula proved popular with our traditional audience and attracted a slew of newcomers. We want to thank our patrons and supporters for making the journey with us.”
The 2010-2011 season of Plays with Perspective include a comedy that takes the audience on a virtual tour of Paris, and a retrospective look at seminal events in the Iraq war. In Fall in Paris three vacationers experience fundamental changes to their points of view as they travel the rocky road of romance. Palace of the End is based on real life American, British, and Iraqi citizens whose lives were irrevocably altered by an international conflict.
Fall in Paris
The season begins with the World Premiere of Fall in Paris, a romantic comedy written and directed by Scott Burke. The production previews November 14, opens November 16 and runs until November 28 at the Bus Stop Theatre.
City of light, city of romance, Paris is the world’s number one tourist destination. A vacation can be a time to contemplate life’s big decisions. Such is the case for Claire and Darren, troubled lovebirds who must overcome a major relationship deal breaker. So too for Cecelia who is about to finalize her divorce.
Join all three as they’re thrown together on the Hot Hot Couples tour of the French Capital. You’ll experience the top tourist attractions of Paris through the eyes of this hilarious trio in search of love and adventure and maybe even the meaning of life. Fall in Paris promises an intimate and innovative theatrical journey straight to the heart…via the funny-bone.
Fall in Paris features a superb ensemble cast of Nova Scotian acting talent including Jennifer Overton (God’s Middle Name, Sylvia, Trailer Park Boys, Titanic and most recently Whirligig); Kate Lavender (Vimy, The Leisure Society, How I learned to Drive, Growing Op, Faith, Fraud & Minimum Wage); and Matt Gorman (Rum and Vodka, Hana’s Suitcase, The Drawer Boy).
Scott Burke’s previous plays include The Parrsboro Boxing Club, winner of the 2005 Merritt Award for Outstanding Play, Chairmaker the Musical, and most recently for Eastern Front Theatre, Canada’s Songbird – A Musical Tribute to Anne Murray, and Singalong Jubilee – The East Coast Sound Celebration.
The Artistic Team for Fall in Paris consists of Director Scott Burke, Set and Projection Designer Dustin Harvey, Costume Designer Veronica MacIsaac, Lighting Designer Louisa Adamson, Sound Designer Nathan Pilon, and Assistant Director is Christopher Fowler.
Palace of the End
Eastern Front takes a dramatic turn in the New Year with the multi-award winning Palace of the End, by Judith Thompson, starring R.H. Thomson. The show previews March 27, opens March 29, and runs until April 10 at the Bus Stop Theatre.
Palace of the End was nominated for a Governor General’s Award, is the winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, and the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award.
Three searing monologues make up Palace of the End: a shockingly funny portrayal of the soldier who took the fall for the Abu Ghraib prison scandal; the dying reflections of the weapons inspector who blew the whistle on government justifications for the invasion of Iraq; a tea party with a mother and political leader who suffered unfathomable loss at the hands of Saddam Hussein. Palace of the End will unsettle you with its startling beauty.
One of Canada’s most respected playwrights, Judith Thompson is the author of The Crackwalker, White Biting Dog, I Am Yours, Lion in the Streets, Sled, Perfect Pie, and Palace of the End. She has written two feature films Lost and Delirious and Perfect Pie as well as television movies and radio drama. Her work has enjoyed great success internationally. Ms. Thompson is the recipient of two Governor General’s Literary Awards, and is an Officer in the Order of Canada. In 2007, she was awarded the prestigious Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts.
SuperNova Theatre Festival
The 18th Annual SuperNova Theatre Festival returns to the Neptune Studio Theatre May 18 to 29, 2011. For twelve days Atlantic Canada’s national professional theatre festival will once again feature an eclectic line-up of innovative theatre, comedy, music and special events. The SuperNova Theatre Festival brings the best and brightest touring productions from across the country to take centre stage alongside equally thrilling home-grown fare. The complete playbill for SuperNova 2011 will be announced in March 2011.
Subscriptions and Single Tickets on Sale Now
Eastern Front Theatre offers a Subscription Package that makes live theatre an irresistible bargain. Subscriptions are on sale now at a 25% discount off the single ticket prices. Two play Subscriptions are $45 and include: 1 ticket to Fall in Paris, 1 Ticket to Palace of the End, and feature a choice of performance dates, no hassle exchange privileges, taxes included and no service fees! To purchase subscriptions and single tickets please visit us here or call 902-463-7529.
Now in its 18th season, Eastern Front Theatre is a Halifax based theatre company that commissions, develops, produces, presents and tours plays that explore and celebrate the human condition in relation to our place in the world. We champion the work of Canadian artists and especially those from Atlantic Canada. Eastern Front Theatre strives to stimulate, entertain, and challenge our audience with theatre that is provocative, innovative, and of the highest standard.
O’Regan’s Automotive Group is Eastern Front Theatre’s 2010-2011 Season Sponsor. The SuperNova Theatre Festival is sponsored by The Craig Foundation and Office Interiors. Other Festival sponsors include Esso Imperial Oil Foundation, Theatre Nova Scotia, Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre and Super 8 Hotels. Seaside 105.9 FM is our Media Sponsor. Eastern Front Theatre is generously funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage and the Halifax Regional Municipality.