7 Plays in 3 Days – 2019 Theatre On The Edge (TOTE) Festival Line-Up Announced
Revelstoke theatre lovers rejoice, but an hour away, in Salmon Arm, the Shuswap Theatre is excited to announce the line-up for its fifth annual Theatre on the Edge Festival, July 19th to 21st. Over three days catch these seven theatre companies from around the province, each offering two one-hour performances throughout the weekend.
From Vancouver and new to TOTE, Two Dollar Shoes Productions presents Woody Sed, a play about the life and times of Woody Guthrie and the songs he sang about them. Actor Thomas Jones plays a cascade of 25 colourful characters, all bundled up in a true to life take. Woody Guthrie was a prolific and provocative writer, considered by many to be the father of the 1960’s folk revival. This show is a must-see for folk music fans. http://woodysed.com/
Also from Vancouver and new to the festival, Rapid Pitch Productions presents Big Sister, a comedy about the relationship between two sisters and what happens when one of them changes. Directed by Jamie King, it is the true story of older sister/actor Naomi Vogt’s 70-pound weight loss, written through the perspective of younger sibling/ writer Deborah. Poignant and funny, Big Sister explores a world of evil siblings, fat shaming, and unlikely collaboration. www.jamiekinghere.com
Children and adults alike will love The Moon Baby, presented by Grindrod’s Runaway Moon Theatre. Puppeteer/ Actor Anna Fin tells the tale of the Moon Baby, who falls to Earth one night and finds herself on the end of Granny’s fishing line. That is just the beginning of the baby’s journey as she knits together the lives of three very different people who try to help her find her way home. The Moon Baby features a special ticket price just for kids.
Coming to you from Kamloops, TOTE festival alumni The Saucy Fops are back for their fifth year at TOTE, bringing you another sure-to-sell-out show filled with witty hilarious short plays. An Intriguing Title will have audiences rocking with laughter, a guaranteed great time.
CAN YOU SEE ME is a tour de force by one of Canada’s most compelling First Nations actors. Stephen Lytton blends powerful narratives to leave audiences more deeply resonant with what it means to grow up aboriginal and disabled and yet flourishing in Vancouver’s infamous downtown eastside. This riveting performance uplifts through its intimacy and, ultimately, through its embodiment of hope. Not to be missed.
Kelowna’s Fred Skeleton Theatre Company is back for 2019, presenting Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, an ensemble experiment that changes with every performance as it presents “30 Plays in 60 Minutes.” Each two-minute play is performed in random order with an interactive audience. An onstage 60-minute timer keeps everyone honest. Funny, weird, experimental, thoughtful and dynamic, TML has something for everyone.
Local favourites, Salmon Arm Actors’ Studio will both open and close the festival with their presentation of The Lone Rider & The White Dog. The Lone Rider travels from one adventurous situation, to another. From being arrested for murder (she’s innocent of course), to being tracked down by the One Eyed Man on a moving train, to finding out from Chen that the White Dog is not a dog but a Guardian Lion, to being hunted down by a Lloyds of London investigator, and much more. All done on a bar stage through the magic of mime. Come out to see how all of this can happen in just 60 minutes.
Theatre performances begin Friday, July 19th at 3pm and are scheduled every two hours. In between these exciting new shows, the fabulous EDGE Club will again feature live music, great food and craft beer and wine. Tickets are $12 for singles with great package deals also available online at http://shuswaptheatre.com/tickets/ or at Intwined Fibre Arts at 161 Hudson St. in downtown Salmon Arm.