2018 Provincial Drama Festival

Hosted by: Off·Broadway Players – Corner Brook, NL
April 2 nd-7 th, 2018

Adjudicator: Steve O’Connell     (Bio)


by Neil Simon

Monday, April 2nd – 8:00 PM

Off-Broadway Players, Corner Brook

At a large, tastefully-appointed Sneden’s Landing townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of Farce. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room, and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken, and wife, Chris, must get “the story” straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and mis-communications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.

“…has nothing on its mind except making the audience laugh” — New York Times.

“Light, frothy and fun.” — New York Post.

“Not only side splitting, but front and back splitting.” — NBC-TV.

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West Moon

by Al Pittman

Tuesday, April 3rd – 8:00 PM

Avion Players, Gander

This story captures all the power, laughter, joy and stubborn resilience of those who populated the out-ports of yesteryear, back before they were drove from their homes by the fishing grounds to so-called growth centres. On All Souls night every year the dead of St. Kevin’s come alive and talk to each other. They bring us back to the golden age of the Newfoundland out-port as every unique and every dynamic relationship is relived in their banter, their humour, and their fond remembrances. Al was one of our greatest writers of poetry, plays, songs, and short stories. In West Moon that voice lives on.

“…I wanted to give these characters a voice – one that represented the people of outport Newfoundland of that period in time.” — Al Pittman.

“West Moon is set in Newfoundland during the time of resettlement in the mid-1960s. Though the play explores some serious social, political, moral, and theological themes, it does so with a unique blend of pathos and humor.” — Breakwater Books.

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by Steven Dietz

Wednesday, April 4th – 8:00 PM

Northern Lights Theatre Company, Labrador West

Linda and Michael Waterman are both successful fiction writers, happily married to one another. They thrive on the give and take of their unusually honest and candid relationship. However, when Linda is diagnosed with a tumor, she asks her husband to share his diaries with her. The entries dive into Michael’s past stay at a writer’s retreat and a hidden affair. Michael says that his entires are only works of fiction. The boundaries between past and present, fact and fiction, trust and betrayal begin to break down, and that’s all before Michael reads Linda’s diaries. No life, as it turns out, is an open book.

“A work of uncommon insight; an adult, unsparing and yet often witty look at the intimate relationship between a man and a woman during a time of crisis.” — The Associated Press.

“Everything about the play has an elegance and richness our theater sees too seldom.” — The New York Daily News.

“A provocative spin on the eternal love triangle.” — Variety.

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Dinner with Friends

by Donald Margulies

Thursday, April 5th – 8:00 PM

Northcliffe Drama Club, Grand Falls·Windsor

Ever since Karen and Gabe played matchmaker with their friends Beth and Tom, the two couples have been inseparable – going to the Vineyard every summer, raising their kids, and enjoying countless dinners together. But when one marriage unexpectedly crumbles, the couples’ lives begin to veer in opposite directions. Can these four friends move on to the next chapter without moving apart, or have they changed beyond recognition?

“Margulies writes about relationships with such intelligence and spiky humor that his comedy-drama … becomes something quite wonderful.” — Time Magazine.

“…wry and keenly observed and bathed in the unspoken sorrow that can sneak up on you in middle age…” — New York Times.

“A breezy comedy of modern manners that turns poignant and deeply affecting by its end. Margulies touches chords that resonate with a deep affecting humanity.” — San Francisco

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Twilight Zone Volume V

by Rod Serling, adapted by Christopher Tobin

Friday, April 6th – 8:00 PM

School Zone Productions, St. John’s

Enter another dimension; a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. Journey into the twilight zone … an unprovoked nuclear attack, an invisible alien in the deep woods or a ghost in the Pacific abyss. Three classic Rod Sterling episodes – an eclectic mix of drama, fantasy, science fiction, and suspense is on display again in this trilogy of stories.

“Intriguing…gripping… and sure to sell out!” — The Telegram.

“What great theatre should be – creative, entertaining, and thought-provoking!” — CBC Radio.

“There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call The Twilight Zone.” — Rod Sterling.

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by Margaret Edson

Saturday, April 7th7:00 PM

St. John’s Players, St. John’s

Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., a renowned professor of English who has spent years studying and teaching the brilliant and difficult metaphysical sonnets of John Donne, has been diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. Her approach to the study of Donne: aggressively probing, intensely rational. But during the course of her illness – and her stint as a prize patient in an experimental chemotherapy program at a major teaching hospital – Vivian comes to reassess her life and her work with a profundity and humor that are transformative both for her and the audience.

“…a rare, rewarding experience virtually guaranteed to restore anyone’s waning belief in the legitimate theater…” — Variety.

“brutally human and beautifully layered … you feel both enlightened and, in a strange way, enormously comforted.” — New York Times.

“A dazzling and humane new play that you will remember till your dying day.” — New York Magazine.

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Steve O’Connell – 2018 NL Drama Festival Adjudicator

Steve O'Connell

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Perhaps most widely known as Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Sergeant Daniel Hood on CBC’s Republic of Doyle, Steve has been involved in the performing arts, as an actor and director, for over thirty years. Steve lives in St. John’s with his wife Michelle and their two felines, Jake and Quincy.

Recent acting credits include Macbeth and Much Ado About Nothing (Perchance Theatre); The Colony of Unrequited Dreams (Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland); The Christmas Tree — with his wife Michelle– (New Curtain Theatre); Oleanna (Sweetline Productions); A Steady Rain (Rabbittown Theatre); and, on the big screen in The Grand Seduction.

Steve has directed In a Forest, Dark and Deep, When Men Are Scarce (Southern Avalon Development Association); Hanlon House (New Curtain Theatre); Hamlet (Shakespeare By The Sea–SBTS); The Diary of Anne Frank (ArtofRao); Othello (SBTS); Richard III: Shakespeare’s Bloody Dog (SBTS); Abandon Hope: Mabel Dorothy, The Wave and two others (Grand Bank Theatre Festival) and M: The Scottish King.