Blyth Festival, Celebrating the Canadian Playwright, Announces 2004 Season

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The Blyth Festival, the small-town theatre Ontario festival that celebrates the work of Canadian writers and is a cousin to the province's Stratford and Shaw fests, will present a world premiere in its handful of works in 2004.

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.

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