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Two new plays by London writers will run for two weeks in repertory at Fanshawe Pioneer Village.
World premieres of Jason Rip’s Dominion Day and Adam Corrigan Holowitz’s SIXTY-SEVEN open Wednesday, presented by AlvegoRoot Theatre.
Rip’s Dominion Day, with music by Stephen Holowitz, book and lyrics by Rip, is described in press materials as a musical comedy about the days leading up to Canada’s confederation in 1867 where “everyone in London Ontario is too busy to notice they are about to become part of a new country.”
The show features a “recently defeated, corrupt” Mayor Frank Cornish who is “ready to start a fight with anyone” while “everyone is on the lookout for the window peeper Slippery Jack, and the Fenians “are planning a surprise attack.” Meanwhile, the new Mayor Frank Smith is “more concerned with vegetable produce than politics.”
Corrigan Holowitz’s SIXTY-SEVEN is described as “a theatrical collage of Canada’s Centennial Year, 1967, which captures the colourful complexities of that year.”
The play’s characters include “bright, fiery and passionate individuals of Canada 67” including the first woman cabinet minister Judy LaMarsh and Blake Brown, whose dream was to drive a sled-dog team through Canada’s north, the anger of controversial FLQ member Pierre Vallières and the verbosity of radio personality John (Mr. Canada) Fisher. The play also includes reminiscences from Londoners.
“These are plays that examine how Canada has changed over 150 years,” said Corrigan Holowitz, artistic director for AlvegoRoot Theatre.
“We have a hilarious musical comedy set in 1867. Next we have a stirring theatrical collage of 1967, Canada’s iconic Centennial Year. Both plays are funny, exciting and thought provoking. Audiences are going to have a wonderful time seeing exceptional actors perform these plays at the beautiful Fanshawe Pioneer Village.”
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IF YOU GO
What: World premieres of Jason Rip’s Dominion Day and Adam Corrigan Holowitz’s SIXTY-SEVEN, presented by AlvegoRoot Theatre.
When: Dominion Day, Wednesday and July 26 at 2 p.m.; Thursday, July 19, 20 and 25 at 7 p.m.; SIXTY-SEVEN, Wednesday, July 18, 26, 27 at 7:30 p.m.; and July 19 at 2 p.m.
Where: Fanshawe Pioneer Village, 1424 Clarke Rd. (enter at Conservation Area gates).
Tickets: $15 available at www.fanshawepioneervillage.ca or by phone at 519-457-1296 ext. 810. There will also be a Theatre Feast July 26 featuring a dinner and both shows, followed by a talkback session for $50.
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