Solo Chicken Productions’ the coop Join Festival Lineup

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The company’s inaugural production will take place as part of the 2016 NotaBle Acts Theatre Festival.

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the coop: Ian Goff, Lexi McCrae, Alexa Higgins, Alex Donovan and Jean-Michel Cliche.

Over the past year, Solo Chicken Productions’ performance group – the coop – have been working towards the development of their inaugural work, A Record of Us, a physical theatre performance that explores what it means to be a New Brunswicker. For this project, co-artistic producers Lesandra Dodson and Lisa Anne Ross, cast a five person company comprised of some the region’s most promising artists – a who’s who of emerging Fredericton theatre talent – to create a performance inspired by the work of celebrated New Brunswick author David Adams Richards.

This week the company proudly announced that their Mainstage debut will now officially take place as part of The NotaBle Acts Theatre Festival.

“The artistic aim of NotaBle Acts is perfectly in line with the mandate of the coop and provides us with the wonderful opportunity to premiere our inaugural work at one of New Brunswick’s most esteemed festivals,” said Solo Chicken’s Lisa Anne Ross.

The NotaBle Acts Theatre Company has been staging a festival of new plays by emerging and established New Brunswick playwrights annually since 2002.

“NotaBle Acts exists to stage exciting new work by New Brunswick theatre artists that speaks to the condition of our province,” said NotaBle Acts’ artistic director Len Falkenstein, “and we’re especially thrilled to work with Solo Chicken to help produce a play that takes the innovative form of physical theatre as part of that exploration.”

Through a four step process that began with a artistic residency at Charlotte Street Arts Centre in May 2015, and continued through a fall residency at St. Thomas University and a technical residency at The Fredericton Playhouse in January, members of the coop have been shaping a performance piece that promises to be as entertaining as it will be, an inspiring work of physical theatre.

Performances will take place at The Fredericton Playhouse, July 20-23 2016.

About the coop

the coop, launched in the spring of 2015 by Solo Chicken Productions, is a performance collective for professional artists to research, develop and perform original works of physical theatre that supports the artistic growth of emerging NB artists through training and performance opportunities. Coop company members Jean-Michel Cliche, Alex Donovan, Ian Goff, Alexa Higgins and Lexi McCrae, led by Dodson and Ross, began creation of A Record of Us in May 2015 through residencies at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre and St. Thomas University. The company will begin a technical residency at The Fredericton Playhouse this spring that will afford them not only the time and space needed to continue to develop the work in the space where it will be performed, but also the opportunity to utilize the theatrical expertise the Playhouse and their technicians have to offer.

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