A Canyon Contained by Jena McLean
The morning after an eventful high-school party, two distant sisters find themselves trapped together on the drive back home. On one side, Jessica is glad to leave her reality behind for the sake of a new cause and a chance to build a bridge. On the other side, Regan struggles to make sense of her night and uncover the agenda behind her sister’s new interest in connecting. As confessions, callouts and questions around consent come into play, the ride turns rocky and the political and personal intertwine.
Directed by Natasha MacLellan
Featuring Lara Lewis and Megan Murphy
July 20-23, 7:30 p.m. nightly at Theatre New Brunswick’s Open Space Theatre (55 Whiting Road). Tickets available at the door for 20$ regular, 15$ senior/student/underwaged.
Acting Out: Two One-Act plays
The two winners of the 2022 NotaBle Acts One-Act Playwriting Contest
by Julianne Richard
In this love letter to the whodunnit, an esteemed naval captain is found murdered in his countryside home, with a slew of possible suspects. For the investigating detective, though, the crime is the least pressing mystery she needs to solve, and strange and shocking twists and turns abound.
Directed by Jake Martin
Featuring Rose Messenger, Jason McIntyre, Brenna Gauthier, and Alex Fullerton
I Hope You Can See the Birds
by Kaitlyn Adair
In this intimate narrative of death and dying, together with his daughter and granddaughter, Bryan, a senior in hospital after suffering a heart attack, confronts his own mortality in a long string of goodbyes, heartbreaks, visions, and enlightenments.
Directed by Alex Rioux
Featuring John Macaulay, Dani Brun, Circe Cain, Devin Rockwell, and Julie McDonald
Both plays will be performed as a double bill from July 28-30, 7:30pm, nightly, at Memorial Hall, UNB (9 Bailey Drive). Tickets available at the door for 15$ regular, 10$ senior/student/underwaged.
Taking it to the Streets: Four 10-Minute Plays
The four winners of the 2022 NotaBle Acts Ten-Minute Playwriting Contest
by Sandra Kell
All Jackie needs is a few moments of silence to get her fussy baby to sleep, but this evening the world, and a particularly persistent missionary, has other plans.
Directed by Emily Darling
Featuring Al Newling, Hailey Trifts, Gray Miller, and Adrian Saliendra
by Brandon Hicks
Online interruptions abound as every tab on Allie’s computer can’t stop chiming in as she preps for her date with Nina.
Directed by Jane Deil
Featuring Diana Chavez, Alex Pannier, and Kaylee MacNeil
To Dig or Not to Dig
by Julianne Richard
A famed paleontologist and her younger protégé spar over professional ethics, unearthing frank disapprovals of one another’s methods.
Directed by Armin Panjwani
Featuring Rebecca Tremblay and Adrian Saliendra
by Mary Walker
Never having accepted that it is her genetic destiny to remain earthbound, Tootsie the chicken is determined to follow his icon, the comic book superhero Chicken Man, on a path into the skies and glory.
Directed by Julianne Richard
Featuring Ben McIntosh, Madeline Savoie, Emily Darling, and Alex Pannier
Performed 7:30-8:30 PM nightly, July 24-27 outdoors in the Beaverbrook Art Gallery Courtyard (703 Queen St.) (weather permitting). Bring a seat cushion or blanket and dress for the weather.
Street Scenes: Two Site-Specific Plays
Historical Walking Tour/ Where We Go One, We Go All
by Gillian Salmon
A misguided walking tour of downtown Fredericton and a yoga class forced off the rails by misinformation compete for laughs in this duology of sketches.
Directed by Sydney Hallett
Featuring Al Newling, Diana Chavez, Thomas Johansen, and Mallory Kelly
A Toast to Happiness
by Sana Hashmat
A groom with cold feet falls into a paradoxical loop of questioning his fate with his best man.
Directed by Scott Harris
Featuring Brendan Garnett and Jason Crow
Performed at 8:30 PM nightly, July 24-27 outdoors, beginning near the Beaverbrook Art Gallery Courtyard (weather permitting) (703 Queen St.). Bring a seat cushion or blanket and dress for the weather.
Play Out Loud: Reading of New Plays in Development
Readings of runners-up in the 2022 NotaBle Acts One-Act Playwriting Contest
by Erin Russell
Desperate to secure the social media presence needed to land a key arts grant, a jaded ceramics artist dabbles in the occult and makes an ill-advised Faustian bargain.
Directed by Len Falkenstein
Featuring Mary Walker, Alex Pannier, Lara Lewis, and Sarah Osier
by Ryca McCullough
An unlikely friendship forms and imposter syndrome sets in at Mrs. Mordig’s Academy for Gifted Students.
Directed by Neomi Iancu Haliva
Featuring Song Phung and Emmannuelle Jackson
Performed at 2 PM, July 24 in the RBC Room, Beaverbrook Art Gallery (703 Queen St.)
Play Out Loud: Readings of New Plays in Development
Featuring the winner and runner-up in the 2022 NotaBle Acts High School playwriting contest
Here Without You
by Anna Houston
Exploiting a glitch in a time-altering simulation, Danny steps back in time to see an old friend, with heart-rending consequences.
Directed by Devin Rockwell
Featuring Seth Giberson, Alex Fullerton, Diana Chavez
Out of Time
by Merrit Johnson
An art gallery pelts a disgruntled psychologist back through time and space, where she discovers Vincent Van Gogh and re-discovers what she’d been missing.
Directed by Madeline Savoie
Featuring Maria Di Carlo, Gray Miller, Dan Legare, Nicole Zacharuk, and Sarah Osier
Performed at 2 PM, July 30 at The Open Space Theatre (55 Whiting Road)