Cast in Our Town, 2008.
"A sterling, stirring performance by Jamie Konchak...The plot is electric...comical...forceful...Lara’s horse and the three-metre by seven-metre earthy dragon are fantastic...This minimal approach intensifies the human drama and celebrates storytelling."
Two Planks and a Passion Theatre Company announced the latest in its series of award-winning Theatre Off The Grid productions at the Ross Creek Centre: an outdoor production of Rick Chafe’s Beowulf. Several years in the making, the production features a cast of 13 performers and the unique style of presentation for which Two Planks is now well-known.
Chafe’s Beowulf, receiving its world premiere at Ross Creek this summer, introduces us to a new character in the world of one of the English language’s oldest stories.
“Rick’s introduction of Beowulf’s daughter Lyra into the traditional telling of this story is a wonderful addition” says artistic director Ken Schwartz. “The entire story takes place in a time of great danger for Beowulf’s kingdom, armies are surrounding his people, a dragon is closing in, and Lyra represents, quite unwittingly, new hope to save Beowulf’s people. We are introduced to this strange world through her eyes, and her journey of discovery becomes ours.”
Two Planks and a Passion has been widely praised for its unique outdoor presentations at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts since the Theatre Off The Grid series was launched in the summer of 2007. Since that season the company has been nominated for 27 Merritt Awards for professional theatre in Nova Scotia, winning 14 - including Outstanding Production for three consecutive seasons.
This season’s production of Beowulf sees the return of many performers familiar to Theatre Off The Grid audiences, as well as exciting new faces. Jeff Schwager, Burgandy Code, Chris O’Neill, Alexis Milligan and Andrea Lee Norwood are all returning to Ross Creek in 2011, with performers Jamie Konchak, Jeremy Webb, Rhys-Bevin John, Benjamin Irvine, Daniel Lilliford, and Jonny Thompson rounding out a stellar cast.
Award-winning director Ken Schwartz will direct. Alexis Milligan, recent choreographer of Rockbound, will act as associate director. Leesa Hamilton, nominated recently for a Merritt awards for her costume designs for 2b theatre’s East of Berlin, Zuppa Theatre’s 5 Easy Steps to the End of the World and Two Plank’s The Crucible joins the company for the second time as Costume Designer. Karen Jones designs the large-scale puppets and Heather Lewis returns for her third season as stage manager.
Beowulf opens on July 9th, 2010 at 6p.m. at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, with performances from Tuesday through Sunday until August 6th, 2010.
Shuttle service from Halifax July 23
You wanted it, you got it! The Magical Mystery Tour luxury bus leaves Halifax at 4p.m. on Saturday, July 23rd bound for a performance of Beowulf at the Ross Creek Centre, returning you to Halifax by 9:30 p.m. Ride in style and make new theatre-going friends. $15 for the first 25 purchases. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 902 582 3073 before Thursday the 21st of July at 5 p.m.
Two Planks and a Passion Theatre’s 20th season is made possible in part through the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Nova Scotia department of Communities, Heritage and Culture.
For press inquiries please contact Ken Schwartz
Box 190 . 555 Ross Creek Road
Canning . NS . B0P 1H0
telephone: 902.582.3073 . facsimile: 902.582-7943