Mainstage

2016 Theatre Festival Mainstage Events

Cocktail Party at the End of Time

Imagine you’ve died and the threshold to the afterlife takes you to a cocktail party. Everyone who has touched your life is there. You are invited to engage in the conversations you always wanted to have but never dared to. Who will you choose to talk to? What will you say?  Combining their extensive theatrical…

Never the Last

Berlin 1919: Violin prodigy and composer Sophie Carmen Friedman meets expressionist painter and war veteran Walter Gramatté. She is passionate, rude, and gifted; he is witty, emotional, and compassionate. Their love affair spans 10 years, 4 cities, artistic successes and failures, and tragedy. Nearly 100 years later, the most essential record of their time together…

Marathon

In Marathon, TJ Dawe weaves parallel stories of having been a terrible long-distance runner as a teenager, with learning about his biggest personal blind spots. Dawe has performed autobiographical monologues at more than 100 theatre and comedy festivals worldwide. “Dawe is a master storyteller. Marathon is a tale about the journey of self-awareness … You…

Gruff

Who’s that clip-clopping across my bridge? Gruff is a modern retelling of the familiar folktale Three Billy Goats Gruff. The grass really is greener on the other side. But a hideous troll has taken up residence under the bridge, and the promised land is forever unattainable—if you’re a goat born on the wrong side of…

Grandpa 'n Me

Grandpa ’n Me is the tender story of a girl raised by her grandfather on the family farm and set during three stages of her life. It features Warde Ashlie as Grandpa, and Cayla Brooke (Eva Cassidy: How Can I Keep from Singing), Saige Woolley, and Jacqueline Burrows as the granddaughter, growing from an inquisitive…

CAMPGROUND: A Murder Mystery in the Woods (with music!)

A young man goes missing from a provincial campground while on a personal journey to discover himself. Four people are suspects, despite a lack of evidence aside from Facebook posts and the video from the young man’s cell phone, but the overzealous detective is undeterred. Was there foul play? More importantly, did someone remember to…

The Handmade Tale: An Improvised Margaret Atwood

In a dystopian future, Paper Street’s improvisers struggle with gender politics and identity—and to stay alive. Inspired by the works of Margaret Atwood, this show captures her stark prose, futuristic vision, and the dark—often humorous—undercurrent that runs through her work. If you’ve ever loved a book by Atwood, this is show you cannot miss. “...…

Pete Seeger's The Incompleat Folksinger

Pete Seeger was a folk singer, political activist, and a key ἀgure in the mid-20th century American folk music revival. He sang in defense of the poor, the oppressed, and the exploited; and always to enliven and encourage, to delight, and to tell tales. The Incompleat Folksinger shares, in Seeger’s own words and music, his…