Stages Theatre Festival

June 17-28, 2015
Following a successful collaboration between the Stages Theatre Festival and the Magnetic North Theatre Festival in June 2014, Stages returns from June 17-28, 2015 with a full line-up of productions and special events.



Written and performed by Cathy Jones

Directed by Ann-Marie Kerr

June 17 & 19-21 – 7:00pm – $20

Neptune Studio Theatre, 1593 Argyle St.

Canadian cultural icon, comedienne and one of the funniest women on television, Cathy Jones returns to the stage with her third one woman show, Stranger To Hard Work. In this new show Cathy shares her unique perspective on a variety of topics from food to money and the troublesome people in her life. It’s a funny, thought provoking look at what she’s learned in life so far. (80 mins)

LET’S NOT BEAT EACH OTHER TO DEATH – (a work-in-progress)

Written and performed by Stewart Legere (a work-in-progress)

Director – Christian Barry (appears with the permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association)

June 17-20 – 9:00pm – $15

The Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen St.

Let’s Not Beat Each Other To Death is a play/memorial/electro-pop dance party. Beginning as a reaction to violence against the queer community in Nova Scotia, its scope expands outward and becomes a search for explanation, compassion, and catharsis on a global scale. It’s a participatory event that asks audiences to remember, celebrate, think, and dance. (75 mins)

LANDLINE – A Game Of Unlikely Rendezvous

By Dustin Harvey and Adrienne Wong

Produced by Secret Theatre and Neworld Theatre

Two If By Sea, 66 Ochterloney St, Dartmouth OR Two If By Sea, Historic Properties, 1869 Upper Water St, Halifax

Halifax, June 27 & 28 – 2pm
Dartmouth, June 27 & 28 – 2pm  $10

LANDLINE is a performance taking place at once in two places. Participants walk city streets, listening to an audio guide and conversing in real time with a stranger in a different city using text messaging. As the experience unfolds, individuals are prompted simultaneously to share stories, memories, and secrets. You are both audience and performer engaged in a game of unlikely rendezvous. The project largely takes place outside, using the urban landscape as backdrop for the relationship forming between two strangers. LANDLINE offers participants a curious exposure to the feeling of being alone together. (75 mins)


Created and performed by Gillian Clark

Directed by Anthony Black (appears with the permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association)

Produced by Keep Good (Theatre) Company

June 25-27 – 7:00pm – $10

The Living Room, 2353 Agricola St.

Gillian Clark’s work-in-progress production of Let’s Try This Standing, tells funny, intimate, and strange stories about everything that has happened since she was hit by an SUV in 2010. Dealing with recovery as an ongoing process, the show creates a space where, together, we can be honest about how okay we are. (60 mins)


The Next Stages Theatre Festival for Families offers a line-up of activities designed with families and young people in mind. Halifax Theatre for Young People is again partnering with Eastern Front Theatre to bring you Atlantic Canadian productions the whole family can enjoy together.


Written by Jennifer Overton

Directed by Tessa Mendel

Produced by Halifax Theatre for Young People

June 18 & 19 – 10:30am

June 20 & 21 – 4:00pm

Adults $10, Students $7

Neptune Studio Theatre, 1593 Argyle St.

God’s Middle Name is the poignant true story of a mother’s journey to accept her son’s autism and the multiple challenges of living with autism. This new version of the award winning show has been crafted to help young people gain a deeper understanding of how the world is experienced for people with autism and those who are part of their lives. (60 mins)


Written and performed by Andy Jones

June 24 & 26 – 7:00pm

June 27 & 28 – 4:00pm

Adults $10, Students $7

Neptune Studio Theatre, 1593 Argyle St.

Told with the humour, warmth and sly wit that has made Andy Jones one of Newfoundland’s finest and best-loved storytellers, The Queen of Paradise’s Garden follows Jack, the delightful, mischievous, big-hearted hero of so many island tales. Using puppets, Jones performs the story of Jack’s search for a magical fruit that will make his parents young again. (40 mins)


Sunday, June 28 – 2:00pm – $5 suggested donation at the door

Neptune Studio Theatre, 1593 Argyle St.

Written by young people in Grades 10-12 and workshopped by professional theatre artists, four short plays will be presented in association with the Imperial Oil Foundation, Theatre Nova Scotia, and the Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre.


Saturday, June 27 – 2:00pm – $5 suggested donation at the door

The Living Room, 2353 Agricola St.

In partnership with Eastern Front Theatre, Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre (PARC), and Theatre Nova Scotia, Halifax Theatre for Young People will offer back-to-back readings of two great new plays for young audiences.

The Blue Dot

By Evan Wade Brown

The Pale Blue Dot is about the relationships we have with space and time, dreams, and science. The play, by local playwright, performer, technician and designer Evan Brown, will take us through fantastic places of possibility in the dreaming landscape of a woman who feels a tremendous connection to the fate of the Voyager 1, which captured an image of earth as a small, pale, blue dot.

The Amazing Melvins

By Lindsay Wilson

The Amazing Melvins, uses illusion as its central conceit – both as a theatrical device and a way to express how difficult it is to grow up under society’s expectations of gender. Now resident in Halifax, Lindsay Wilson is a graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School in Toronto, Ontario and completed her M.A. in Creative Writing at Concordia University.


In addition to our full productions and the Next Stages Theatre Festival for Families, Stages also presents a variety of special events. All special events are Pay- What-You-Can with a suggested minimum donation of $5 at the door.


Thursday, June 18 – 6:30pm

The Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen St.

Produced by Secret Theatre

DEMOSTAGE is a curated platform of projects in development by emerging and established Nova Scotian artists. Presenters show what they’ve been working on and then the audience asks questions and offers feedback. Everyone is always encouraged to stick around and interact further. (60 mins)


Wednesday, June 24 – 8:00pm

Neptune Studio Theatre, 1593 Argyle St.

In the Studio with Charlie is a live talk show hosted by our Artistic Producer, the very funny writer and performer, Charlie Rhindress. In the Studio celebrates prominent Atlantic Canadian artists and for Stages we have two of Canada’s funniest performers,  siblings Cathy and Andy Jones. Talking about growing up in Newfoundland, CODCO, and where they are now it promises to be a lively, thought provoking conversation, live on stage. (60 mins)


Friday, June 26 – 8:30pm

The Living Room, 2353 Agricola St.

Eastern Front Theatre’s Playwrights Unit is a group of Halifax based writers who meet to share their progress on current works and receive feedback from their peers. Stages will feature staged readings in The Living Room from works in progress by these talented individuals. (60 mins)




Submissions for Stages 2014
Around this time each year Eastern Front Theatre posts a call for submissions for Stages, our annual Spring festival of touring theatre. In 2014 we will be combining Stages with Magnetic North to present more shows than either of us could present on our own. Eastern Front will be responsible for presenting Atlantic Canadian productions in the Festival, while Magnetic North will focus on productions from the rest of the country.
With the excitement that this combined Festival has generated we have been overwhelmed with submissions and pitches coming in for the past twelve months. In addition to that we were already collaborating with a few companies about exciting new Atlantic Canadian projects.
For this reason, we have already committed to all of the projects that we can present in our 2014 festival and will not be posting a call for submissions. We apologize to those companies who were hoping to be presented in 2014, but didn’t feel it was fair to call for submissions when we already have more exciting productions than we can possibly host. That said, Stages and Magnetic North will offer a variety of opportunities throughout the festival allowing local theatre artists to engage with audiences, and present their work in public forums. More on that will be announced in the weeks to come. We also hope that any companies with projects that fit the Stages mandate will consider submitting their work in Fall 2014 for our 2015 festival.
Thank you for your understanding and I hope we see you June 18-28 at the combined Magnetic North and Stages Festival.
All the best,
Charlie Rhindress
Artistic Producer,
Eastern Front Theatre