Laughs in a Landfill: Ted Johns' Cricket and Claudette Gets World Premiere Aug. 4 at Ontario's Blyth Fest

News   Laughs in a Landfill: Ted Johns' Cricket and Claudette Gets World Premiere Aug. 4 at Ontario's Blyth Fest Life is a dump in the world premiere of Ted Johns' comedy, Cricket and Claudette, Aug. 4-Sept. 4 at the Blyth Festival, the rural Ontario festival devoted to Canadian voices.

Johns is Blyth's most-produced playwright in its 30 years of presenting Canadian theatre. He "always finds inspiration in unique locales but his newest work premiering at the Blyth Festival, set at the village dump, really takes the cake," according to the company.

Johns' plays have been variously set in a barn (Barnboozled: He Won't Come In From the Barn, Part II), the classroom (The Great School Crisis of '99), a garage (Garrison's Garage) and the local bar (Country Hearts).

"Dump politics for me are bizarre," Johns said in a statement, noting that a change in government totally changed a need for a new county landfill.  "What's odd is you tend to think of engineers as dealing with facts but it turns out that they're subject to changing their minds too."

According to the Blyth Festival announcement, "Fans of Ted's work who remember the know-it-all inspector from Garrison's Garage will find the same sense of superiority in the newly-minted engineer Claudette as she arrives at the dump to discover Cricket filling in for Speed who is filling in for Bridey. Bridey, in turn, is trying to evade a recent scandal created when her friend Corky came out to the dump and had a piano fall on him (while, it was said, he was burying a great deal of money)."

Most of the play is "from the playwright's imagination." Johns concedes "that probably not a lot goes on at the dump and this situation is quite ludicrous." Heinar Piller directs a cast that includes Janet Amos, Shauna Black, Adrian Churchill and Jerry Franken.

For information, call (519) 523-9300, (877) 862-5984 or visit www.blythfestival.com .