The Blyth Festival in Canada will celebrate its 25th anniversary of presenting new Canadian plays with world-premiere productions of works by David French (Leaving Home, Salt Water Moon, and Jitters), Dave Carley, Ted Johns, James W. Nichol, Peter Colley (I'll Be Back Before Midnight), and Paul Thompson (Farm Show).
The summer festival will kick-off with a little romance in David French's comedy, That Summer, debuting June 25, 1999. Other plays by French include Jitters and Leaving Home.
The festival switches gears July 2, 1999 to the sci-fi/detective genre in Dave Carley's Big Box, telling a tale set in the near future where all the shops on Main Street Ontario have been obliterated by a mad serial bomber, and thousands of Canadians are faced with finding a new place to buy socks.
Solo performer, Ted Johns portrays his trademark characters in his latest - a send up of the education system in Tory Ontario - The School Crises.
The fourth play in the rep season will be James W. Nichol's Every Dream where fifty-year old Harry loses his job and now finds a "once in a lifetime" investment opportunity , but only if he can convince his wife to risk their house. July 30, 1999 will see the return of popular playwright Peter (I'll Be Back Before Midnight) Colley when his comic thriller, When the Reaper Calls, debuts at the Blyth's Studio space.
The finale of the season, opening Sept. 2 1999, will be Paul Thompson's Death of the Hired Man . The entire Blyth theatre will be transformed into a barn, complete with -- according to the press release - "a threshing gang with all its old-time whirling frenzy of sinew wrenching folly."
For tickets or more information on The Blyth Theatre Festival's 25th Anniversary Season, call 1 (519) 523-9300.
-- By Sean McGrath