The 2004 season, announced Oct. 20, includes the world premiere of Ted Johns' Cricket and Claudette, in which "amalgamation and the post-Walkerton bureacracy" are examined. "The rules of harassment are rewritten and ignite scandal and romance at the village dumpsite."
The 30th anniversary 2004 season opens with a return of the outdoor, site-specific smash, The Outdoor Donnellys, June 16-25, 2004. The work, staged in venues through the village, was a sell-out in 2001 and 2002.
Heat Wave by Michel Marc Bouchard is "an over-the-top romantic comedy concerning a May December romance between Giselle, a recent widow and her new beau who is the same age as her children," July 7- Aug. 20, 2004.
The "Canadian classic" for 2004 is a revival of David French's Salt-Water Moon, winner of the 1985 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, July 14-Aug. 21, 2004.
Musician Anne Lederman brings old style fiddling to the Blyth Festival with Spirit of the Narrows. Through stories and song, "Anne delivers a surprising and powerful fiddling jamboree second to none," July 20-23, 2004. Blyth artistic director Eric Coates is featured in Test Drive by Dave Carley, Aug. 11-Sept. 4, 2004. Coates takes the stage as Earl Hughes, "a car salesman whose love affair with Nash and American Motors products is a close second to his love of family." This show "will appeal to anyone who has ever loved cars, spouses, children or all of the above."
For information, call (877) 862-5984 or visit www.blythfestival.com.