To name just a few venues, The Cape Breton Stage Company has performed plays on a grass field with a ditch, an historic north end Sydney church, and downtown parking lots.
And now for their new production, The Television-Watching Artist, Cape Stage (as they like to be known as) will turn a display window of The Finishing Touch Centre, 238 Charlotte Street, into what they describe as “a multi-media comedic playground”.
Over three nights, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (June 2 to 4), at 7pm nightly, this play by J. J. Steinfeld, about a young man attempting the World Record for television watching will spill out into Charlotte Street, making passersby into extras, as they stop to watch the Artist at work in his window home.
The script was submitted to Cape Stage’s Atlantic Canada Script Search last summer by playwright J.J. Steinfeld. Steinfeld is a fiction writer, poet, and playwright from Prince Edward Island. He has published two novels (Our Hero in the Cradle of Confederation and Word Burials), nine short story collections, and two poetry collections. Over 200 of his short stories and nearly 400 of his poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and periodicals internationally, and over 40 of his one-act and full-length plays have been performed in Canada and the United States. Steinfeld was so keen to work with Cape Stage, he submitted eight scripts for their consideration.
Cape Stage is especially appreciative of the cultural support from Marjorie Fougere, a well-known local business leader and avid arts enthusiast as well as the owner of Finishing Touch Centre, for inviting their production into her shop.
This production is directed by Scott Sharplin, and features a cast including Kyle Capstick, Jenna Currie, Daniel Dobson, Erin Gillis, and Greg Woodford.
Admission is $10.