Gabriola Theatre Festival

Gabriola Theatre FestivalThe first Gabriola Theatre Festival comes to Gabriola’s Folklife Village from Friday, August 21, to Sunday, August 23, 2009. Eight live theatre productions from local and visiting theatre companies will take their turn in the spotlight.

The Big Top Tent in Folklife Village will host Edward Albee’s provocative comedy The Goat, about one man’s romantic interlude with …guess. Belly laughs and blushes galore, but Albee has something serious to say too. Gabriolans flock to see Radio After Dark, old style radio classics performed live, in costume, with the sound effects and the occasional blooper! The Festival premieres Bill Miner’s ‘Fuzzy Signals’. Some Reckless Abandon is a hit on The Fringe circuit. This one-woman tour de force from Vancouver will have you spell bound as nine different characters spin the tale of ‘crazy’ Madeleine. In Tuesday with Morrie you’ll see Antony Holland in his Jessie Award winning role as Morrie Schwartz, the ailing professor who turns dying into a lesson on living for his favorite student. Salt Spring’s Grace Jordan is a must see in Shirley Valentine, a hilarious and heart warming comedy about a Liverpudlian housewife who finds the courage to follow her dreams. The Itchy Fish Theatre Company invites young people to A Midsummer Night in Oz to explore their magically blended world of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Wonderland, and Oz.

At The Commons, ITSAZOO, an innovative and rising young company from Vancouver, will present The Road To Canterbury. Ribald wit, satire, and song combine to make this an audacious theatrical experience!

At The Roxy you’ll be able to see My Name Is Rachel Corrie. Banned from New York in 2006, this play has since been seen all over the world. Portia Boehm is stunning as the young woman who took a stand in Gaza.

And that’s not all!  In between and all around the main stage events, the festival keeps rockin’ with an Outdoor Stage featuring live music, poetry, dance, and magic. Wake up Saturday morning for the pancake breakfast, but save room for the cultured corn in the afternoon! Spend some time at the Street Art Market along Lochinvar Road where 50 of Gabriola’s finest visual artists will display their work. Festival tickets are on sale now at Artworks on Gabriola and Falconer Books in Nanaimo. Admission is $15 per show or $44 for an evening pass. For the full program or to book online, visit the festival website. For other information, call Jim Wilson-Storey at 250-247-9144.