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The Dangers of Geothermal Heating by Dylan Sealy

In this hilarious new horror-comedy, the Weatherbee-Savoie family must do battle with a mysterious entity—and each other—when their attempt to go green unwittingly opens up a portal to a world of nightmares.

Performances: Thursday July 26th-Saturday July 28th, 7:30 PM nightly, Fredericton Playhouse

Admission: $20 Regular, $15 Student/Senior/Underwaged

 

Play Out Loud: Readings of New Plays in Development

The Forerunner by Alex Donovan

In shadow of the Second World War, two sisters struggle to build their lives on the rocky coasts of Cape Breton. With work hard to find, the sisters must choose between uprooting their homes and their lives or resigning themselves to their fishing village and its familiar limitations.

 Followed by:

Foreplay by Xavier Lord-Giroux

Before leaving Fredericton to join her lover in Nunavut, Maëllie invites her friends over for one last night as a group. Feeling the end of their friendship approaching and captive to a heat wave striking New Brunswick, in the stifling atmosphere behind closed doors the group is set to explode.

Sunday July 29, 7:30 at Picaroons Roundhouse, Admission by donation.

Mercury by Clarissa Hurley

Though with their lives ahead of them and opportunities calling, for two twins in their mid-twenties the ghost of their long-passed mother still looms large. Hard memories coat them like droplets of the chemical which has caused so much pain: Mercury.

3:30 Sat, Aug 4th at Renaissance College, Admission by donation

 

Street Scenes: Three Site-Specific Plays

Blue Ribbon by Arianna Martinez

In a wacky tale of subterfuge and spoilt produce, viciously feuding grandparents competing for affection take it too far when they force their only granddaughter to become a double agent sabotaging each other’s vegetable stands.

S.C.O.P.E. by Jean-Michel Cliché

A time traveler warns of the dire consequences of lopping down ancient trees for passing vanity, and a teenage girl comes to terms with anthropomorphic artificial intelligence. S.C.O.P.E. is two monologues exploring strange futures.

The Great Beaverbrook Caper by Gordon Mihan

A hardened veteran of fine art protection keeps vigil on priceless paintings, now with the help of a new young recruit. But can they outsmart the slick subterfuge of a crafty criminal, whose chicanery may just make them criminal themselves?

Performed as a program of three plays starting at the Boyce Farmer’s Market parking lot, ending at Officer’s Square.

7:30PM Monday July 30th; 8:30 PM: Tuesday July 31st, Wednesday August 1st; 90 minute runtime. Admission $12 regular, $8 student/senior/underwaged.

July 31st and August 1st shows on a double-bill with:

One Year After by R.M. Vaughan

Elaine is downsizing. Surrounded by junk, Elaine knows mid-life is a dangerous time. There are just too many things to trip over. While she packs and sorts, she unpacks how she got where she is today. How far will Elaine’s downsizing go?

One hour runtime. Admission $8 regular, $5 student/senior/underwaged, or $14 regular, $10 student/senior/underwaged for those taking in a combined double-bill with Street Scenes on July 31 and August 1.

Performed at Renaissance College; 7PM: Tuesday July 31st, Wednesday Aug 1st; 2PM Saturday Aug. 4.

 

Taking it to the Streets: Four 10-Minute Plays 

Everything Bagel by Tilly Jackson

A comedy about two sisters catching up over bagels and tea, this new short comedy has everything you need: Love, loss, laughter, and sesame seeds.

Jeannie Bikini by Liam Browne

Jeanie Bikini, world-famous vlogger and internet celebrity, is so used to her audience’s adulation she barely even thinks about it. But when her ratings start to dwindle, can she right the ship by taking a real interest in an anonymous fan?

Marvelously-Meta Misadventures by Rowan Miller

Writing is difficult, especially when you have nothing good to write about. Can a wannabe playwright find their muse? Or will their muse just give them more bad ideas?

Lloyd Bindey, By-law Enforcement by Brent White

When the city council passes a new by-law extending smoke-free zones around public buildings by two metres, Lloyd Bindey is on the case. Errant smokers beware!

12PM – 1PM: Outdoors at the Café Beaverbrook atrium July 30th-Aug 1st; Outdoors at Picaroons Roundhouse Aug 2nd-3rd. Free Admission, with donations accepted.

 

Acting Out: Two One Act Plays

Carrion Birds by Greg Everett

In a dark and bleak forest where the birdsong is a murder of crows’ caw, the last scion of a cursed family ekes out a meager living from an impassive wilderness. But a hard land does not give easily, and life must be repaid with blood.

Casualties by Alex Pannier

Childhood can be something to look back on with fondness: comforting and secure, friendly and fun, but potentially so fragile. When parents fail to be adults, there’s a long way to fall, and children are the first casualties. 

Memorial Hall, UNB. Aug. 2nd – 4th, 7:30 nightly. Admission $15 Regular, $10 Students/Seniors/Underwaged

 

Readings of the 2018 NB Acts Middle and High School Playwriting Contest

An Automaton’s Soul by Ben McIntosh, Carleton North High School

A nameless girl is the last human on Earth, her only companions the automatons that care for her. She knows she is different from them, but does not know how. She is aware of them, but are they of her? 

The Old Geezers by Kasey Goodine and Emma Boles, Bliss Carmen Middle School

Bickering comes easily to one aging couple, so easily in fact they’ve practically made sport of it. But who will win? Yet another thing to bicker about.

 

Memorial Hall, UNB, 7 PM. Admission by donation.

 

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