4th Line Theatre has announced its summer season on the outdoor stage of Winslow Farm. This unusual theatre company performs outdoors on a farm in rural Ontario and in its six seasons has produced shows that specialize in reclaiming and showcasing little-known Canadian history.
On July 9th, 4th line launches with The Orchard, a play set (literally) in Southern Ontario's Cavan Township in the late 1960s. It focuses on the threatened loss of a family farm to land developers. The Orchardwill be staged environmentally on the lawns of Winslow's 1870's white Ontario farmhouse, surrounded by aged Maples and decayed perennial flower beds.
The show, written by Ian McLachlan and Robert Winslow, recaptures the spirit of 1969 through music, costuming and political protest. There will also be pre and post-show happenings in the surrounding fields and barnyard.
In August, a new program titled First Look will offer afternoon sneak previews of new works currently in development by the company. Under the direction of Susan Spicer, 4th Line will stage scenes and dramatic readings from four new plays by local writers.
And in the fall, 4th Line moves to an inside venue with a production of The Stone Angel, also playing at Canadian Stage Company this season. The James Nicol adaptation of Margaret Laurence's popular book has proved itself a hit in previous seasons at Toronto's Theatre Passe Muraille and in regional theatres across the country. 4th Line plans to work closely with the education community to make the play accessible to students in the region. The Orchard, July 9 to August 16; First Look, August 8, 9, 15 and 16; Stone Angel, October 22 to 25.
For tickets to 4th Line's 1998 season call: 1-800-814-0055
By Mira Friedlander