Festival Schedule and Lineup

2019 NotaBle Acts Theatre Festival

In addition to offering a wealth of emerging New Brunswick theatre talent for your entertainment, our 2019 festival also offers the opportunity to experience live theatre in many alternative city venues including the Piracoons Roundhouse and Cafe Beaverbrook.

Mainstage

Fruit Machine by Alex Rioux and Solo Chicken Productions

Which is the greater treason: Treason to your country, or treason to your friends? Using physical theatre to interpret historical text and quotes, this new work focuses on the questionable practices of the RCMP that targeted the LGBT+ community in the 50s and 60s. One such questionable practice was the ‘fruit machine’, which attempted to determine if an individual was interested in homosexual activity. Fruit Machine strives to shine a light on the unfair treatment of queer individuals in Canadian history.

July 23-25 | 7:30 p.m | Black Box Theatre, STU

Tickets at the door or reserve by emailing nbacts@unb.ca; July 23 Pay-What-You-Will, July 24 & 25 $20 regular, $15 student/senior/underemployed.

Overlap by Celeste Godin/Satellite Theatre

Can you truly say you belong in a place, if it is the only place you have ever known? How do you escape from yourself when every street in the city could be your reflection? Through stories both tense and twisted, the challenges of life take incandescent shape in this deft exploration of modern Acadian youth and their zest and desire for reinvention.

July 26-27 | 7:30 p.m | Black Box Theatre, STU

Tickets at the door or reserve by emailing nbacts@unb.ca: $20 regular, $15 student/senior/underemployed.

Site-Specific Production

A Coward-Bird’s Song by Carlee Calver

In a twilit fantasy about lost love and forlorn desire, taking flight amid the century old trees of downtown Fredericton, a ghost bird reflects on a life spent regretting the life she never lived.

July 30-31 | Willow Tree near the Beaverbrook Art Gallery | 8:30 p.m.

Admission by donation.

Taking It To The Streets – Four 10-Minute Plays

The Hoard by Brandon Hicks

You know your closet, your attic, and your basement are all filled with junk, but did you know that junk doesn’t like to be thrown away? Marie Kondo it at your own risk!

Ghostwriter by Sophie Tremblay-Pitre

What does a caffeine-addled second year Creating Writing student need to do for a good idea? Commune with long-dead relatives of course! A ghost can be a great teacher, about your past and your present.

The Year Where No One Dies by McKenna Boekner

For a single year no one can die, but invulnerability brings its own dangers. Just because you can ignore death, does that mean you should ignore life too?

Ribbit, Ribbit by Robert Lynn

The Coleman Frog, the Coleman Frog, have you ever seen the Coleman Frog? Paper-maché or bigger than a dog? There’s always a lesson to be learned from the Coleman Frog.

July 29, August 1 and 2 at Cafe Beaverbrook | 12-1 p.m.

July 30-31 at Cafe Beaverbrook | 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Admission: Free (donations accepted)

Acting Out: Two One Act Plays

Gullywhump by Greg Everett

In a lonely forest where spirits sift through the meaning of their memories, grief and fear take on a monstrous form of their own, ready to devour the living who refuse to resist its pull. Thump, thump, thump, here comes the Gullywump.

With Love, Josephine by Sophie Tremblay-Pitre

In a story touching on generational rifts and Canada’s divisions across class and language, a young woman learns that society and the heart rarely see eye-to-eye. Through a long-forgotten diary, she finds that her grandmother lived a parallel life, and though decades apart, takes heart from the knowledge that she is not alone.

August 1-3 | 7:30 p.m. | Memorial Hall, UNB  – 9 Bailey Drive

Tickets at the door or reserve by emailing nbacts@unb.ca; $15 regular, $10 student/senior/underemployed.

Play Out Loud: Readings of New Plays in Development

SCOPE by Jean-Michel Cliche

A series of episodes drawn from a science fiction future, depicting a wasteland of unsettling possibilities, some very distant, and others frighteningly near. Funny, dark, and powerfully touching, S.C.O.P.E. questions whether humanity will survive technology. Or is it the other way around?

July 23 | Grad House, UNB, 676 Windsor Street| 9:00 p.m.

Admission: Pay-What-You-Will

The Plucking Dark Ages by Sue Rose

Though the world is filled with walls and borders, Canadian citizens take their space and their passports for granted. It’s too easy to forget the plight of those who cannot. The stories of those who are not so lucky come to terrifying life in this new play; migrants desperate for safety but trapped below the implacable juggernaut of American indifference. After all, it’s easier being the American hat than the American seat cushion.

July 28 | Beaverbrook Art Gallery | 7:30 p.m.

Admission: Pay-What-You-Will

Killer Counsel by Damon Gordon

When two serial killers come looking to save their slightly off-beat relationship, is Dr. Isobel Morrison, licensed marriage counsellor, up to the job? One thing is certain: an utterly unpredictable therapy session awaits.

July 28 | Beaverbrook Art Gallery | 7:30 p.m.

Admission: Pay-What-You-Will

A Canyon Contained by Jena McLean

While driving home from a teenage party, two sisters may only be a few feet apart, but between them lies a disconnect as deep as a canyon and as seemingly un-traversable. Rolling over bumpy back roads, both sisters soon find that building bridges, leaving their comfort zones, and learning to listen is far easier said than done.

July 29 | Picaroons Roundhouse | 7:30 p.m.

Admission: Pay-What-You-Will

Noise by Alexandra Dawson (Middle School Playwriting Contest Winner)

July 29 | Picaroons Roundhouse | 7:30 p.m.

In a world filled with sound and distractions, a girl longs for peace, quiet, and the ability to think and thrive.

The 10:15 by by A J Robinson (High School Playwriting Contest Winner)

A diverse cast of characters waiting for a delayed train overcome their differences to find common ground and understanding.

July 29 | Picaroons Roundhouse | 7:30 p.m.

Admission: Pay-What-You-Will

Queen James (or All the King’s Men) by Rob Kempson (2019 NB Acts Playwright/Dramaturge in Residence)

King James I of England is perhaps best known for the commissioning of the King James Bible. Son of Mary Queen of Scots, he was an avid reader and writer, known for being able to translate the Greek and Hebrew versions of the Bible into English by the time he was eight years old. Among scholars, however, he is also best known as an invert. A homosexual. A queenly king. Queen James (or All The King’s Men) is an imaging of this queer history–history which defined the Renaissance in England.

Aug. 3 | Picaroons Roundhouse | 2:00 p.m.

Admission: Pay-What-You-Will