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St. Thomas University News Release

Office of University Advancement
St. Thomas University
Fredericton, NB, E3B 5G3
Tel (506) 452-0522, Fax (506) 460-0335

For Immediate Release: July 8, 2002

NotaBle Acts Summer Theatre Festival

A new event has been added to Fredericton's summer festival schedule. The first annual NotaBle Acts Summer Theatre Festival will take place from 1st-4th August in the Black Box Theatre at St Thomas University and at various locations in downtown Fredericton.

The festival was founded by Len Falkenstein, Director of Drama at UNB, Ilkay Silk, Drama Coordinator at STU, and Colleen Wagner, a playwright and professor at York University who makes her summer home in Fredericton. The recipient of funding and support from the City of Fredericton, UNB, and STU, the Festival's mandate is to promote New Brunswick playwrights,
actors, directors, designers and other theatre practitioners.

This is the first summer theatre festival ever to be held in the capital city.

Festival organizer Sue Fisher says that "We want to create a forum in which innovative and exciting theatre can take place and to provide artists with a venue to showcase their work. We also want to give young New Brunswickers the chance to gain experience by working with theatre

This year's programme celebrates the very best of NB theatre and talent.

Eight new plays will be produced over the four day event, three full-length works as part of a Mainstage Series to be held at the Black Box Theatre and five short plays that will performed as part of the free downtown "Street Theatre" portion of the Festival. The Mainstage Series will kick off on Thursday, August 1 with Ilkay Silk's production of Don Hannah's Fathers
and Sons, a play first produced at Toronto's Tarragon Theatre in 1998. It will continue with a staged reading of The Morning Bird, the newest play by Governor General 's Award-winning playwright Wagner, and the premiere of Happy City by Falkenstein, whose play Manifesto was performed last summer in Fredericton and at the Winnipeg and Halifax Fringe Festivals.

The five scripts to be featured in the Street Theatre portion of the Festival were submitted for a province-wide playwrighting competition and will showcase the work of young, emerging playwrights and actors.

For more information on the nbActs Summer Theatre Festival, including information on performance schedules, tickets, and festival passes, please call Susan Fisher at 455 5609 or Ilkay Silk at 452 0605.

Mary McIntosh
Director of Communications
St. Thomas University
(506) 452-0522