The 2017-2018 subscription series, 
in Kanata Theatre's 49th season

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A Year in the Death of Eddie Jester
by T. Gregory Argall
Directed by Stavros Sakiadis
September 19-23 & 26-30, 2017

 

Eddie Jester is a struggling stand-up comic. He’s broke and very recently has been mugged, shot at and is lying comatose in a hospital bed. Except, his disembodied spirit now roams alive and well. His visiting friends, loved ones and hospital staff think he can’t hear what they are saying, but in fact, he can. Jester’s disembodied spirit offers up jokes, witty commentary and philosophical observations about everything going on around him in his hospital room.

 

Shatter
by Trina Davies
Directed by Barbara Kobolak
November 7-11 & 14-18, 2017

 

Anna MacLean is a teenager, thrilled with her new diary, and flush with excitement at all of the handsome soldiers in the streets of Halifax. Though Anna’s mother and her best friend, Elsie Shultz, talk of the war, Anna can only think about whether the young man at the door enforcing the blackout order thought she was pretty. The next morning, their world collapses. Shatter explores the little-known details of the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion of 1917. A taut, exciting, and moving drama, it examines our strengths and weaknesses due to fear amidst the uncertainty of tomorrow.

 

Sleuth
by Anthony Shaffer
Directed by Beverley Brooks
February 6-10 & 13-17, 2018

 

Isolated in a British manor house, an English gentleman and his wife’s lover lock horns in a bitter match of wits. As each man ups the ante to gain superiority, events escalate out of control. What begins as a gentlemanly game of ‘stiff- upper-lip’ repartee to resolve their situation, descends into a cut-throat, ego-fueled determination to win. There can be only one outcome and it is deadly.

 

Arsenic and Old Lace
by Joseph Kesselring
Directed by Jim Clarke
March 27-30 & April 3-7, 2018

 

A classic dark comedy that is as funny as it is famous, Arsenic and Old Lace centres on the elderly Brewster sisters; the town darlings who have a little secret. Their nephew Mortimer discovers they are “helping” lonely gentlemen boarders to early graves by way of homemade, arsenic-laced wine. Throw in one brother who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt, a second who is a murderous criminal on the lam and then the girl next door that Mortimer wants to marry — and you have a recipe for hilarity.

 

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
by Christopher Durang
Directed by Jim Holmes
May 15-19 & May 22-26, 2018

 

A sunny play about gloomy people that takes Chekhov’s most famous characters and puts them in a blender with hilarious results. 2013 Tony Award Best Play.


And a musical for the holiday season . . .  

Anne of Green Gables
Based on the novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Book by Don Harron
Music by Norman Campbell
Lyrics by Don Harron, Norman Campbell, Elaine Campbell, Mavor Moore

Directed by Michael Gareau

December 27-30, 2017 

Anne of Green Gables follows the misadventures of a wildly independent orphan with fiery red hair and a temper to match. Cherished by generations, L.M. Montgomery's timeless classic comes to life in a new musical commissioned by the award-winning Theatreworks USA.

Anne Shirley is mistakenly sent to live with a plainspoken farmer and his spinster sister, who thought they were adopting a boy! She wins over the Cuthberts and all of Prince Edward Island with her irrepressible spirit and imagination – and wins over audiences with this warm, poignant story about love, home and family.

Note: All plays are subject to the performance rights being available.

 

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