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TNB Opens 46th Season with David Mamet’s Oleanna

Theatre New Brunswick opens its 46th season with Oleanna, David Mamet’s taut two-hander that has left audiences divided and passions enflamed for more than two decades.

Renowned Canadian director Alisa Palmer returns to Theatre New Brunswick with Oleanna. Alisa’s long-standing relationship with TNB most recently includes The Bricklin: An Automotive Fantasy. Alisa is the recipient of six Dora Awards, two Chalmers Awards, a Harold Award and was named finalist for the Siminovitch Prize three consecutive times as well as receiving the New Brunswick Award for Excellence in the Arts.

“When one of the country’s pre-eminent feminist directors raises the possibility of taking on a play like Oleanna, of course you jump at the chance,” says TNB Artistic Producer Caleb Marshall. “When it premiered 20 years ago, this play sparked a lot of vigourous debate. We may like to congratulate ourselves on the progress we’ve made but a look around particularly at some of what’s happening in the US elections and we have to ask: Has anything really changed?”

“In bringing Oleanna to a theatre on a university campus we saw a real possibility to engage that community in this production,” says Marshall. “I’ve been really impressed with the interest we’ve been getting from faculty who are incorporating this important contemporary classic into their work this semester.”

Squaring off onstage are two experienced New Brunswick actors: Shawn Wright and Natalie Roy. Shawn was most recently seen at TNB as Richard Hatfield in the 2011 production of The Bricklin and as David in Hockey Dreams. Natalie, a native of Keswick Ridge, made her professional debut at the age of 15 in TNB’s Beauty and the Beast.

The creative team behind Oleanna includes costume design by Sherry Kinnear (The Wizard of Oz, A Doll’s House), award-winning lighting designer Leigh Ann Vardy (The Musical of Musicals, The 39 Steps) and sound design by TNB Resident Sound Designer and Composer Michael Doherty. New Brunswick native and previous recipient of the TNB Foundation Stephen Graham Bird award Leah Holder is Assistant Director.

To open the season, TNB Next Stage is proud to present a special one-night only performance of Antonine Maillet’s La Sagouine by Canadian theatrical icon Viola Léger. With her old-fashioned, rare and poetic words, Antonine Maillet’s woman of modest origins brings us back to the essential: human dignity. La Sagouine will be followed by the opening performance of Oleanna.

Oleanna runs September 20-23 (with performances Thursday – Saturday at 7:30 pm; and Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm) at The Black Box Theatre, St. Thomas University. Admission is: Adults $28 and Students $10.

The September 20th performance including La Sagouine admission is: Adults $35 | Students $10.

For more information visit www.tnb.nb.ca.

TNB Unveils 2012-2013 Season

Subscriptions are on sale now for a season of familiar faces and beloved titles for Theatre New Brunswick audiences. TNB Artistic Producer Caleb Marshall unveiled the 2012-2013 TNB season on Thursday evening.

“The 2011-2012 TNB Season was a season of growth for TNB offering the new TNB Next Stage studio branch and a special summer project,” said Marshall. “This season we continue to offer diverse experiences for our audiences from a controversial drama to a world premiere comedy, a hit holiday classic and a favourite musical as well as a creative collaboration with one of New Brunswick’s most exciting performing arts companies, the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada.”

TNB Next Stage
The TNB professional season opens with the TNB Next Stage drama OLEANNA by David Mamet (The Black Box Theatre, St. Thomas University | Sept. 20-23, 2012). New Brunswicker Alisa Palmer (The Bricklin: An Automotive Fantasy) returns to the province to direct this taut two-hander about the power struggle between a university professor and his female student.

“Alisa is one of the pre-eminent feminist directors so it was intriguing when she raised the possibility of taking on Mamet’s Oleanna,” said Marshall. “Twenty years after it premiered it still sparks vigourous debate and raises as many questions as it answers.”

To open the 2012-2013 season, TNB is proud to present a special one-night only opening act: Antonine Maillet’s La Sagouine. Viola Léger is a Canadian theatrical icon who has taken La Sagouine to stages across the country but this marks her TNB debut on September 20.

“Part of our mission at Theatre New Brunswick is to showcase the best in New Brunswick theatre and we are thrilled to be bringing La Sagouine and Viola Léger to TNB Next Stage,” said Marshall.

TNB Main Stage
The TNB Main Stage season opens in October with a world premiere from one of New Brunswick – and Canada’s – favourite playwrights: Norm Foster. The TNB Main Stage Comedy HILDA’S YARD (The Fredericton Playhouse |Oct. 11-14, 2012) premieres with acclaimed Canadian actress New Brunswick native Patricia Vanstone in the title role. She’s joined by TNB audience favourites Sam Owen (SkinFlick) and Gordon Gammie (The 39 Steps).

“TNB gave Norm Foster his start 30 years ago but it’s been 16 years since one of his plays has been given a world premiere on the TNB Main Stage,” said Marshall. “We are thrilled to be premiering Hilda’s Yard and delighted to be bringing together a cast of audience favourites and particularly Patricia Vanstone whose breakout role came in the premiere of Foster’s Melville Boys on the TNB stage.”

December sees a return of TNB’s 2009 holiday classic IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE by Philip Grecian based on the film by Frank Capra. It also sees TNB’s most significant return to Main Stage touring with performances in Fredericton (The Playhouse Dec. 6-9), Saint John (Imperial Theatre Dec. 16), Moncton (Capitol Theatre Dec. 17) and, for the first time since 2005, Miramichi (James M. Hill Dec. 15). The remount reunites the 2009 cast and creative team.

It’s a Wonderful Life is a timeless and beloved holiday story and we are excited to be able to bring it back for TNB audiences – those who want to relive the magic and those who are seeing it for the very first time,” said Marshall. “And as someone who was born in Miramichi, I personally couldn’t be happier that TNB Main Stage will once again be bringing extraordinary theatre to this community.”

It’s a Wonderful Life will open with a new New Brunswick one-act Turcotte’s Triple Crown by Robbie O’Neill. Selected from the 2012 New Voices submissions, this Opening Act tells the story of New Brunswick jockey Ron Turcotte and Secretariat as they pursue racing’s elusive Triple Crown.

TNB Main Stage concludes a remarkable season with an energetic rock musical full of colourful characters, Bmovie
satire and 1960s-inspired rock, doo wop and Motown songs that has been a fan favourite for 30 years: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (The Fredericton Playhouse March 21-24).

“This musical is a personal favourite of mine and what better way to welcome spring than a little song and dance… and a man-eating plant,” said Marshall.

A Marriage of Theatre and Dance
In February TNB and the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada (ABTC) join together in an innovative marriage of theatre and dance with the Romeo and Juliet Fantasy.

“When the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada presented us with this opportunity, I was immediately intrigued by the artistic opportunities it presented both of our companies to explore the story of Shakespeare and the music of Tchaikovsky,” said Marshall. “And for our respective audiences, this debut collaboration will offer a very different night at the theatre and the ballet.”

TNB Young Company
This season the TNB Young Company Tour embarks on their 40th season of awakening the imaginations of young New Brunswickers with two stories about friendship and growing up. Younger audiences will enjoy Marjery Williams’ classic story THE VELVETEEN RABBIT newly adapted by TNB Young Company Director Tania Breen, while older students will experience Peter Parnell’s poignant SCOOTER THOMAS MAKES IT TO THE TOP OF THE WORLD.

“It’s a privilege to be able to take live theatre to communities of all sizes across the province,” said Marshall. “This season we introduce our youngest audiences to a beloved classic while challenging our older audiences with a contemporary coming-of-age story.”

TNB Senior Musical Theatre
The 2012-2013 season wraps up with the TNB Senior Musical Theatre production. This season TNB Senior Musical Theatre students prove themselves to be true triple threats as the Sharks and the Jets face off in WEST SIDE STORY.

“TNB Theatre School is New Brunswick’s leading pre-professional theatre training program and each year we try to push our students even further,” said Marshall. “West Side Story is possibly the most demanding production we’ve done in terms of bringing together acting, music and dance but I know they are up to the challenge! And I’m thrilled that they’ll be exploring this story in the same season that TNB’s professional branch will be collaborating on Romeo & Juliet.”

Subscriptions packages are on sale now through The Playhouse box office (506)458-8344, or online at tnb.nb.ca

“For theatre to come to life it has to be shared. With a diverse season of extraordinary talent and stories, there’s never been a better time to be a TNB subscriber,” said Marshall. “We’ve got the package that’s right for you, your family, your group or business.”

Around NB this Weekend, April 20 – 22

Lunch At Allen’s featuring Murray McLauchlan, Cindy Church, Marc Jordan and Ian Thomas take the stage in Florenceville-Bristol on Friday night and Saint John on Saturday. (Photo by Marc Lostrocco.)

It’s Thursday and that means New Brunswickers are gearing up for another weekend filled with arts, culture and entertainment. If you’re looking for ideas about where to go and what to do, you’ve come to the right place!

Friday night in Saint John Classic Albums Live perform L.A. Woman, cut for cut, recreating the haunting hit “Riders in the Storm”, the title track “L.A. Woman” and many more great Doors hits. On Saturday the Professional Writers’ Association of Canada Southwest NB Chapter host a professional development day for writers with two workshops– “The Pitch of your Life: Writing Book Proposals” and “Online Strategies for Writers”. The Environmental Film Festival continues on Sunday at the New Brunswick Museum with the documentary Truck Farm, following Ian Cheney as he transforms the back of his pick-up truck into a plot of land to call his own.

Sagapool finishes up their three New Brunswick performances at the Fredericton Playhouse Friday evening. The Tay Creek Folk Festival presents “Get Your Spring On”, a Coffee House fundraiser at Gallery Connexion on Saturday night featuring hot tunes in a cool venue and a festival information booth. Artists include: Sissy and the Hobos, Margo Margo, Keith Facey, George Denning, and Nadine Ives. On Sunday afternoon the Saint John String Quartet presents its final concert of the season at Memorial Hall on the UNB Fredericton campus.

Lunch At Allen’s, an extraordinary musical revue by internationally renowned artists Murray McLauchlan, Cindy Church, Marc Jordan and Ian Thomas comes to the Carleton North Theatre in Florenceville-Bristol on Friday night.

In Dalhousie there’s a Quilt Show happening at the NBIP Club on Friday and Saturday.

The Miramichi for Haiti group are giving a public presentation of their recent trip to Haiti on Friday evening at St. Andrew’s Church in Chatham.

It’s spring in Albert County and time for the Parkindale Potluck & Sugaring-off Party featuring Isaac & Blewitt as well as other entertainers, plenty of food, artists, maple syrup demonstrations and free maple candy.

The 2nd Annual ArtsLink NB Forum and AGM happens in Dieppe on Friday and Saturday. Registration is free for members, and joining the organization is free too. The event includes a film showing, business skills workshop, a performance by the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada, and more.

Saturday evening Le Pays de la Sagouine celebrates its 20th anniversary at the Capitol Theatre in Moncton. The evening will bring back unforgettable moments from the past two decades and give a sneak peak into the upcoming season where new characters will be introduced.

These are a few highlights of what’s going on around New Brunswick this weekend, but there’s much more! For more details about any of these events or to discover what else is happening visit our events calendar, where you’ll also find important deadlines, job opportunities and submission calls highlighted in pink so they’re easy to find amongst all the blue highlighted events.

If you’re organizing an arts, culture or entertainment event in the province that you would like to add to our calendar please send the details to editor@breadnmolasses.com.

Le Pays de la Sagouine Announces 2011 season

The 2011 season of Le Pays de la Sagouine in Bouctouche has been announced! Le Pays de la Sagouine opens to the public from Sunday, June 26, to Sunday, September 4, 2011. This year at Le Pays created by Antonine Maillet: celebrating the 40th anniversary of La Sagouine, a new house band, new actors and characters on l’Île-aux-Puces, dinner theatres, shows for kids, and so much more!

Le Pays de la Sagouine welcomes a new artistic director, Luc LeBlanc. Well known as the actor who has embodied the role of Citrouille for a number of years, Mr. LeBlanc is delighted to be able to contribute in a new way to the world of l’Île-aux-Puces: “Le Pays de la Sagouine is an ongoing love story for me… a place for the fantastic, an outstanding team, and a sincere and loyal audience. It just wasn’t possible to say no to this new adventure as artistic director… As Citrouille says this year, ‘the sky’s the limit!’”Continue Reading

La Sagouine Charms Toronto!

La Sagouine (Photo by: Dolores Breau)

La Sagouine, a play featuring one of Acadia’s most famous characters, was recently featured at Toronto’s Pleaides Theatre and enjoyed great success. Penned by Antonine Maillet, La Sagouine is portrayed by Viola Léger who embodies completely this 72 year old shrewd Acadian washerwoman. She presented a series of monologues in front of a Toronto audience asking for more. Theatre critics were full of praise and described La Sagouine as a “national treasure”. The play was presented in English for two weeks at the end of May and in French from May 31st to June 5th. The last time La Sagouine was played in Toronto was in 1979.

Many cultural critics gave a perfect score to Viola Léger in the role that has made her a well-known figure on the Canadian theatre scene. Praises were also given to the team surrounding Léger: Director John Van Bureck, set designer Yannick Larrivée, and lighting director Robert Thompson.

“La Sagouine is a cultural and artistic treasure,” simply states The Globe and Mail. Cultural critic Christopher Hoile of Toronto’s Eye Weekly states: “La Sagouine is simply essential viewing. (…) There really are no words to describe the quiet brilliance of Léger’s performance. You simply cannot imagine anyone else so fully and so compassionately embodying such an immensely rich character.” Robert Crew of the Toronto Star says: “It is, in fact, one of the little gems of Canadian theatre — gritty, honest and utterly true to life. I’ve never seen La Sagouine in French and my feeling is that it would add an extra dimension to what is already a warm, wise and wonderful piece of theatre.” Critics praised the universality and realism of the monologues and gave notice to a solid direction and the glorious lighting.Continue Reading

Le Pays de la Sagouine Launches 2010 Program

Le Pays de la Sagouine is proud to present its 2010 Season. Starting on Sunday, June 20th, the population is invited to join in this Acadian celebration! Not to miss this year: the dinner theatre La Sagouine will be presented in English. On Saturday July 24th, mark your calendar because legendary Acadian band, 1755, will present a mega concert at le Pays de la Sagouine. As every year, various comedians are on the site daily to meet and entertain the public, as well as house bands Borlico and Les Cotchineux. A summer of celebration for all! Continue Reading

Bouctouche lends a helping hand to Haiti

Le Pays de la Sagouine, in collaboration with the Town of Bouctouche and the Bouctouche Rotary Club, is organizing a spaghetti supper to help Haiti on Sunday January 31st, from 4 pm to 7 pm, at L’Ordre du Bon Temps restaurant at Le Pays de la Sagouine in Bouctouche.

“The idea came from employees that wanted to organize a community event to help victims of the tragedy in Haiti. This supper will reunite people from the community while lending a hand to a good cause”, indicates Marie-France Doucet, General Manager of Le Pays de la Sagouine.

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