One of the most incredible stranger-than-fiction crime dramas ever to unfold on Canadian soil is about to invade Fredericton theatre stages.
It’s 1989 in Fredericton, and the sky is full of salsa music and failing engines. A plane carrying millions of dollars of cocaine has crash-landed outside city limits, and powerful members of the Colombian Medellin drug cartel are locked up in York County jail. Two teenagers, two pot dealers, a government employee, and a young Stalin look-alike try to make it through the Medellin apocalypse, but the cartel members have a plan: to mess with everyone. Thoroughly.
Cocaine Plane! is an original Canadian two-act play written by local rising star Emily Bossé. Emily Bossé is a recent graduate of the MA in Creative Writing Program at UNB. She is the three time recipient of the David Adams Richards prize for prose. Her story “Last Animal standing on Gentleman’s Farm” appeared in the 2014 spring edition of The Fiddlehead, and she is currently The Fiddlehead’s nominee for the 2015 Journey Prize.
Every aspect of Cocaine Plane! is brimming with quirky attitude, comic brilliance and genuine emotional depth. The play is as much a zany tale of love, friendship and fear as it is a poignant character study of Fredericton society on the cusp of the nineties. Directed by current Next Folding Theatre Company Artistic Director, Jake Martin, the play features a talented cast of familiar young actors including: Jean-Michel Cliche, Laura Gallivan, Jesse Lapointe, Ally Loiselle, Brett Loughery, Devin Luke, Barry McCluskey, and Hilary Ready.
Cocaine Plane! opens tonight, Thursday March 5th, at the Black Box Theatre on St. Thomas University Campus in Fredericton. The play runs until Sunday March 8th, 2015. Shows start at 7:30 pm each night. General admission is $15, Students/ Senior admission is $10.
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