Two world premières at 4th Line Theatre
New works by Maya Ardal, Alex Poch-Goldin coming next season
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.
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.