2020 Festival Schedule and Lineup

NotaBle Acts Theatre Festival 2020 – Live & Online

 

 

Mainstage

Space Girl written and directed by Jean-Michel Cliche.

The stars are waiting for her. Space Girl has every reason to leave, to fly out past the exosphere into the greatest of unknowns; but there’s so much to do on the earth below. What should she do, and where should she go? You may have to decide. This cosmic play created for a digital interactive performance shines a light on the constellations of our lives, and the dreams we make to stay alive.

Featuring Alice Newling, Lucas Gutierrez-Robert, Sydney Hallett, and Armin Panjwani

July 24, 26 and August 1 | All performances at 7:30 p.m. | Streaming on YouTube

 

Taking It To The Streets – Five Short Plays

The four winners of our ten-minute playwriting contest for 2020, along with a re-sited site-specific play, together for a 90 minute outdoor theatre experience in downtown Fredericton!

I Saw Nicolas Cage by Jason McIntyre.

Sometimes you just have to say it. Sure, you may be in the midst of a ‘family crisis’, but why should that be more important than the fact that you just saw Nick Cage? I Saw Nicolas Cage is a pitch-black comedy that says what you wish you hadn’t even thought. 

Directed by Neomi Iancu Haliva. Featuring Mary Walker, Sony Phung, and Kayla Ossachuk

Camp by Muriel Falkenstein.

Being an adult is frigged. Life happens, and then it keeps happening, and well, if you’re Anna, you might end up locked in a verbal duel with your ex-best-frenemy at the day camp you run. 

Directed by Mary Walker. Featuring Sophia Thomson and Reinaldo Cascante.

The Nine Ordinary Lives of The Infamous Catgirl by Alex Rioux.

Have you heard? She’s a cat. And a girl. We don’t know much else for sure, but as with all good internet sensations, we know exactly what everyone else thinks about her.  

Directed by Ben Smith. Featuring Julianne Richard and Arianna Marquis.

What Not to Do on a Date (When You’re Undead) by Sophie Tremblay-Pitre.

Have you ever wondered ‘how do I move my zombie face muscles to tell my date she’s cute’ or ‘should someone tell neuroscientists that ghosts are real?’ Intrigued? Scared? Confused? This slice of after-life comedy can help you out. 

Directed by Kelly McAllister. Featuring Brenna Gauthier, Nicole Zacharuk, and Muriel Falkenstein

Art Attack by Jason McIntyre. (A re-sited site-specific play)

Everything is art, or almost nothing is art. Which pretentious art critic opinion is more irritating? Decide after watching this satirical comedy based around a bickering couple and a play that might not be very good. Or maybe it’s brilliant! Who’s to say? 

Directed by Hirad Hajilou. Featuring Amelia Hay, Kris Nason, and Nathaniel Moore.

July 23, 25, 29 and 31, 7:30 pm nightly | Barracks Square – Downtown Fredericton

Free (donations accepted)

Acting Out: One Act Plays

Every Apple in the Orchard by Noah Deas. 

If the things we consumed could show us things, what would they show? What does it mean to be consumed? An obsessional romance laden with natural symbolism, Every Apple in the Orchard challenges us to consider the morbid consequences of fetishization. 

Directed by Hannah Blizzard. Featuring Dustyn Forbes, Nolan Goguen, and Emma Suttie

July 28 | Open Space Theatre (55 Whiting Road) and Streaming on YouTube (part of a three play reading beginning at 7:30 p.m.) 

Free (donations accepted)

The Kelpie by Alex Rioux.

In a tense therapy session, Andy attempts to uncover hidden memories and piece together how an uneven love triangle led to a dark tragedy. Mixing Celtic mythology with the politics of a rural queer romance, Andy’s memories and imaginings tell an unlikely story with such lucidity we are forced to believe it. But will his therapist?

Directed by Esther Soucoup. Featuring Peter Ball, Madigan Donovan-Downs, Caroline Coon, and John Ball.

July 30 | Open Space Theatre (55 Whiting Road) and Streaming on YouTube (part of a two play reading beginning at 7:30 p.m.) 

Free (donations accepted)

Everything is Here by Devin Rockwell.

Three pillagers on a beautiful yet dystopian earth find a strange closet that forces them to confront a question: what if you could see everything- all possible pasts and futures? Would you have the strength to dream of a better world, even with all the sins of your past weighing on you like a nightmare? 

This play is a runner-up from this year’s playwriting competition.

Directed by Anthony Bryan. Featuring Sony Phung, Reinaldo Cascante, Mary Walker, and Ella Plamondon.

August 1 | Open Space Theatre (55 Whiting Road) and Streaming on YouTube (part of a two play reading beginning at 2:00 p.m.) 

Free (donations accepted)

Wrack and Ruin by Meg Edwards. 

Not all is as it seems as a family of middle-aged siblings come together to reminisce at the inherited cottage they now share, the ashes of their parents and long-burning resentments both close by.

This play is a runner-up from this year’s playwriting competition.

Directed by Len Falkenstein. Featuring Scott Harris, Elizabeth Goodyear, and Lisa Anne Ross.

August 1 | Open Space Theatre (55 Whiting Road) and Streaming Online (part of a two play reading beginning at 2:00 p.m.) 

Free (donations accepted)

Playwright in Residence Reading

Bluebirds by Vern Thiessen.

Bluebirds tells the story of three Canadian nurses stationed in France during the final days of the Great War.  The world of nursing gives them adventure and freedom. They have rank and purpose. They are important and needed. They have stature. But what happens when they realize their new-found independence relies on a War effort that kills the very men they are trying to save? Bluebirds is a haunting, poetic tale about freedom and all its costs.

A reading of a new work by NotaBle Acts’ 2020 Artist-in-Residence Vern Thiessen.

Directed by Natasha MacLellan. Featuring Naomi McGowan, Abby Paige, and Sharisse LeBrun.

July 26 | Streaming on YouTube | 2:00 p.m.

High School Playwriting Contest Winners

Out of Water by Madeline Savoie. 

Having to come out to your dad is stressful, to say the least, even if things go as best they can. In Out of Water, Ada is adrift with nothing to do but fish, make small talk, and that very large elephant in the boat. It’ll all be okay, though, right? 

Directed by Madigan Donovan-Downs. Featuring Alexandra Dawson and Len Falkenstein.

July 30 | Open Space Theatre (55 Whiting Road) and Streaming on YouTube (part of a two play reading beginning at 7:30 p.m.) 

Free (donations accepted)

Samantics by Alex Dawson. 

Sam’s diary from when she was a timid, closeted middle schooler is painful for all the usual reasons. Mostly she discovers how much she wishes she had been there for herself. But why did she take that ‘gay quiz’? Ugh. 

This play is a runner-up from this year’s playwriting competition.

Directed by Kat Hall. Featuring Madeline Savoie and Nicole Zacharuk.

July 28 | Open Space Theatre (55 Whiting Road) and Streaming on YouTube (part of a three play reading beginning at 7:30 p.m.) 

Free (donations accepted)

Middle School Playwriting Contest Winner

Myrtle by Axel Kelly Spurles. 

Life is a train that moves beautifully fast, especially when looked at through the entries in a diary you barely use. Crises of one year become a distant memory the next. For Myrtle, the book she’s writing, ‘Adventures With Mr Mae’, is the final destination; but she has many stops to make along the way.

Directed by Kat Hall. Featuring Caroline Coon and Madeline Savoie.

July 28 | Open Space Theatre (55 Whiting Road) and Streaming on YouTube (part of a three play reading beginning at 7:30 p.m.) 

Free (donations accepted)