Award-winning play to make Liverpool debut
The multiple award-winning Letters in Wartime, which has been a smash success across the National Fringe Festival Theatre circuit, will play at the Astor Theatre for one night only on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m., located at 219 Main St. in Liverpool. This powerfully written play by Alberta playwrights Kenneth Brown and Stephen Scriver, focuses on Allan and Moria, two young lovers who are separated in the spring of 1941.
Alan goes off to England to fly Lancaster bombers for the Royal Canadian Air Force and Moria joins the homefront in Edmonton, Alta, to fuel up and fix trainer aircraft — a job left vacant by the many men serving overseas. The play focuses on the relationship the two have through letters written to each other over four years; a play that highlights and honours that part of Canadian history and provides a view into the life of wartime England, including the violence, the horror, the joys and the loss of innocence.
“This play has deeply moved me, and over the last 10 or so years performing it, I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with Second World War veterans and hearing their stories,” says Jon Paterson, co-artistic director of the Astor Theatre and plays Allan. “This year, in particular though, I feel a deeper connection to the play and more of a desire to have people see it — I just think is important to remember.”
After his Nov. 10 perform- ance, Paterson carries on to New York City to make his off-broadway debut.
Letters in Wartime has been a critical and commercial success on the Fringe Festival circuit, earning several Best-of-fest honours and gathering numerous five-star reviews and standing ovations.
For more information, visit www.astortheatre.ns.ca.