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Sneak Peek Week 2017

December 6 – 8, 2017

The Playwrights’ Unit, now going into its fifth year, is a year-long residency program designed to nurture promising playwrights. The year concludes with a series of free public readings of the pieces. Come see professional actors present these plays-in-development! All performances start at 7:30pm in the Firehall Theatre. Doors open at 7pm. 

Admission is FREE

THERE’S MORE: Join us for the Kick Off Dinner on Wednesday, December 6 at 6:30pm before the reading. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door.

Click here to learn more about our Playwrights’ Unit

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ESTHER by Erin Fleck 
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Esther is a devout Christian woman living in the Bible Belt of South Western Ontario leading a secret double life as a black market abortionist. She has successfully hidden her controversial second career from her community, but everything threatens to come crashing down when her bible group hatches a plan to assassinate the unknown abortion doctor.

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THE MONARCHISTS by Carolyn Bennett 
Thursday, December 7, 2017

What does loyalty mean in a changing world? When a seemingly unfit former television star is appointed Lieutenant Governor, the viceregal staff that serves the office is divided on how to handle its new charge. No one is above the fray when unwritten convention is questioned and authority is undermined, but nothing will stop the Private Secretary from holding the annual Garden Party. God not only needs to save the Queen, but the entire institution. 

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HEAVY IS THE HEAD by Marcia Johnson 
Friday, December 8, 2017

While touring the Commonwealth in 1952, the future Queen Elizabeth II spent her belated honeymoon at a hunting lodge in Kenya. The local chef hired to cook for them is tempted to serve more than food in retribution for all the ills caused by colonialism. In 2015, a new television series attempts to tell this story. A Kenyan-Canadian film student working as an intern on it isn’t thrilled with the adaptation. This funny and political piece discusses colonialism, the people who were displaced, and the echoing effects in the modern world.