(2017)The Blyth Festival – Canada’s Beacon of New Canadian Plays
Founded in 1975, the Blyth Festival is Canada’s beacon of New Canadian Plays. With more than 200 productions to date, Blyth is renowned across the country as the creation house where original plays are born, and great Canadian playwrights thrive.
From epic histories, to hilarious comedies, to toe-tapping original musicals, all written by Canadians, directed & designed by Canadians, and performed by Canadians. Nestled in the heart of Ontario farm country, and housed in the newly renovated Blyth Memorial Hall, the Blyth Festival Theatre is a state of the art facility with stunning production values, a world class theatre company, and the best in audience comforts.
Blyth’s 2017 Mainstage Season opens with the world premiere of Mr. New Year’s Eve: A night with Guy Lombardo by David Scott (June 28 to August 19). His father opposed Guy’s love of Jazz; Canadian radio stations showed active disinterest; but no obstacle could block Guy’s path to stardom. Up next is The Berlin Blues by Drew Hayden Taylor (July 5 to August 19). A slap-down, drag ‘em out cultural appropriation comedy of the highest (and lowest) order. The world premiere of The Pigeon King by The Company runs from August 9 to September 23. Ripped from the headlines: A country parable for our times, reminding us that what takes flight always comes home to roost. Closing the Mainstage season is the world premiere of Ipperwash by Falen Johnson and Jessica Carmichael (August 16 to September 16). A play about the ever difficult path to change, the need for wholeness in healing, and a country’s hunger for hope.
In the Phillips Studio, Primordial Soup Theatre presents the hit comedy The Downs by Sheryl Scott (August 9 to 13). Spend some time with Millie Johnson as she spins tales about life on the farm in 1950’s Northern New Brunswick. From September 12 to 16, Mulgrave Road Theatre presents Watching Glory Die by Judith Thompson, a riveting journey of three women bound together in impossible circumstances.
For more information visit www.blythfestival.com or call 1.877.862.5984.