NB Acts to Stage Fall Mainstage Production of Award-Winning Lac/Athabasca

NotaBle Acts is delighted to announce a special addition to our 2015 season. For the first time in many years, we will be staging a fall mainstage production. In cooperation with Theatre Free Radical and with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Province of New Brunswick, we will be producing Lac/Athabasca, a new play by Len Falkenstein.

Lac/Athabasca will be staged at Memorial Hall, UNB, Wednesday, October 14 through Saturday, October 17, with performances at 7:30 PM nightly.

Lac/Athabasca is a play that takes audiences on a thought-provoking and emotional cross-Canada journey from the Rocky Mountains to the East Coast. Set both along Alberta’s Athabasca River and in a small town in northern New Brunswick, the play was inspired by the train derailment tragedy that occurred in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, in 2013, as well as the social, environmental, and economic impact of the Alberta oil sands and the ongoing debate over oil production and transportation in Canada.

Earlier this year, Lac/Athabasca received the Dorothy White Award for Second Prize in Ottawa Little Theatre’s National Playwriting Contest for 2015, as well as Second Prize in the Herman Voaden National Playwriting Contest, which is mounted every second year by Queen’s University and attracts scripts from many of the nation’s top playwrights. The play was selected for production at this August’s SummerWorks Theatre Festival in Toronto, one of Canada’s most prestigious juried performance festivals, where it attracted national media attention and earned rave reviews, including selections from NOW Magazine as one of its “Best of the Fest” and for “Best Ensemble.”

Lac/Athabasca features performances by Jake Martin, Rebekah Chasse, Alex Donovan, Jean-Michel Cliche, and Emily Bosse, who each play multiple roles in the play’s several interwoven plotlines.

The play also features an original score by Fredericton musician/composer Eric Hill and visual/projection design by Mike Johnston.

For more information on the Fredericton run of Lac/Athabasca, phone 458-7406 or email nbacts@unb.ca

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