Two world pre­mières at 4th Line Theatre

New works by Maya Ardal, Alex Poch-Goldin com­ing next sea­son

The Peterborough Examiner - - ARTS & LIFE -

Kim Black­well, man­ag­ing artis­tic di­rec­tor of 4th Line Theatre, is thrilled to an­nounce the theatre’s 29th sum­mer sea­son. The sea­son will be­gin on June 30 with “The Great Shadow,” writ­ten by Alex Poch-Goldin, and di­rected by Deb Wil­liams who re­turns af­ter di­rect­ing the 2018 pro­duc­tion of “Crow Hill: The Tele­phone Play.”

In Au­gust, 4th Line will present the world pre­mière of Maja Ardal’s “Wish­ful See­ing,” di­rected by Black­well.

“In our 2020 sea­son, I am proud to share these two plays with au­di­ences,” Black­well ex­plains. “I am so ex­cited to present two world pre­mières from two of our most pop­u­lar playwright­s.”

The unique out­door theatre, lo­cated on the his­toric Winslow fam­ily farm near Mill­brook, stages plays with a fo­cus on the his­tory of this part of the province.

In “The Great Shadow,” set in the roar­ing ’20s, the stars of the sil­ver screen are head­ing to Canada as Tren­ton, Ont. em­barks on a quest to be­come Hol­ly­wood North. Sparks fly in this world pre­mière when small­town On­tario res­i­dents col­lide with the Hol­ly­wood elites. From Alex Poch-Goldin, the play­wright who brought you “The Right Road to Pon­ty­pool” and “The Bad Luck Bank Rob­bers,” “The Great Shadow” is a rau­cous com­edy, packed with ro­mance and in­trigue in the golden age of film.

“Both of our 2020 plays have been de­vel­oped from the ground up as part of our new play devel­op­ment pro­gram and we are so happy to fi­nally share them with au­di­ences,” Black­well says. “Alex Poch-Goldin and Maja Ardal have cre­ated three of the most beloved works in the 4th Line canon and we are sure that ‘The Great Shadow’ and ‘Wish­ful See­ing’ will con­tinue that tra­di­tion.”

“Wish­ful See­ing,” based on the novel of the same name by Janet Kel­lough, pub­lished by Dun­durn Press, tells the story of sad­dle­bag preacher Thad­deus Lewis played by 4th Line founder and creative di­rec­tor Robert Winslow, who stum­bles upon a mur­der mys­tery on the shores of Rice Lake.

It’s a his­tor­i­cal thriller set in 1853, with a colour­ful cast of char­ac­ters set against the back­drop of a rapidly grow­ing pre-Con­fed­er­a­tion Canada, and rem­i­nis­cent of the pop­u­lar tele­vi­sion series “Mur­doch Mys­ter­ies.”

Be­fore the new sea­son gets un­der­way, 4th Line is stag­ing a Christ­mas pro­duc­tion.

Tick­ets for 4th Line Theatre’s up­com­ing De­cem­ber pro­duc­tion of “The Fool of Ca­van: A Christ­mas Caper” can be pur­chased by phone (705-9324445), on­line at 4thlinethe­atre.on.ca, or at 4th Line Theatre’s Box Of­fice at 4 Tup­per St., Mill­brook. Gift cer­tifi­cates will be avail­able to pur­chase as of Nov. 4.

CLIF­FORD SKARSTEDT/EX­AM­INER FILE PHOTO

Ac­tors re­hearse a scene from Alex Poch-Goldin’s ‘The Bad Luck Bank Rob­bers’ at 4th Line Theatre. Play­wright Poch-Goldin will pre­miere a new work, ‘The Great Shadow,’ at the theatre next sea­son.

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