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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

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, her highly intelligent yet occasionally out-of-touch staff is divided on how to handle the fall-out. This satire spoofs the rarefied environs of a provincial vice-regal office and the players who run interference with the barbarians at the gate. 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 wildlife reserve in Kenya. The local couple running the lodge is torn about whether this is truly an honour. In 2015, a new television series attempts to tell this story but the actors involved aren’t thrilled with the adaptation. This funny and political piece discusses the effects of colonialism, the people who were displaces, and the effects on their ancestors.