Opening Act – Grey Rabbit Theatre Co. host inaugural event

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The latest addition to Fredericton’s theatre community will host an evening of readings by three emerging playwrights, August 16.

Matt Carter

While a large portion of Fredericton’s theatre community take a well deserved rest following a busy summer season that included Bard in the Barracks’ two summer productions and NotaBle Acts Theatre Festival’s ten day run presenting work by new and emerging New Brunswick playwrights, a new theatre company is preparing to make its debut.

On August 16, Grey Rabbit Theatre Company will lend its support to three emerging playwrights by hosting an evening of readings at Planet Hatch in the city’s Knowledge Park.  

“All of the works are brand new, works in progress and never heard before,” said GRT founder Laura-Beth Bird.

The evening’s program will feature work by Thomas MacDougall (Caller Number 3), Neomi Lancu Haliva (Art and Darcy Get Lucky) and Mackenzie Currie (Choose Your Death).

“I’ve worked with this collection of writers before and have always loved their ideas,” said Bird. “They’re constantly creating new content and bringing it forward for discussion. I thought a play reading would help them hear their work out loud and provide me with my first event for the company.”

The event also marks Bird’s final act as Planet Hatch’s current ARTrepreneur-in-Residence.

“The [ARTrepreneur-in-Residence] program is designed to teach artists the business side of the industry with mentorship by local business owners and entrepreneurs,” said Bird. “In the spring I decided I wanted to help create more Maritime content and figured the best way to do this was to create it through my own company. I wanted to give artists a platform to present their work.

“After three months of business plans and spreadsheets, CAD designs and budget-writing, I figured it would be nice to get back to the art,” she said.

Grey Rabbit Theatre Co. will be announcing further programming in the coming months.  

Grey Rabbit Theatre Co. presents an evening of play readings | August 16 | Planet Hatch – Suite 140 – 50 Crowther Lane | 7:30 p.m. | FREE | View Event

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