TNB: Beaverbrook – A new play by David Adams Richards

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Theatre New Brunswick (TNB) is pleased to announce an upcoming workshop production of David Adams Richards’ new play, Beaverbrook.  Based on his popular biography, Extraordinary Canadians: Lord Beaverbrook, Richards has adapted for the stage, the life of one of Canada’s most controversial figures.

“You couldn’t be born in the 50’s in the Miramichi without being aware of Max Aitken,” said Richards.  “Over time I became more aware of who he was and who he associated with and what his life entailed. He was a fascinating character and I became more fascinated with him as time went on.”

Presented as part of TNB’s Next Stage series, this event marks the first-ever public workshop of Richards’ work and offers a unique experience for theatre audiences.

A workshop production allows an audience the opportunity to witness and participate directly in a play’s development.  Following the presentation of the work, a brief Q&A session with the playwright and director will allow the audience an opportunity to share valuable feedback that may help shape the final draft.

“This will be fun,” said Richards.  “I think the play is in good shape and I think that going through it with the actors and ironing certain things out will make it even better.    I think the very personality of Beaverbrook and the characters around him will be compelling.”

Former TNB Artistic Producer Caleb Marshall will once again return to direct the play.

“So many people know his name but few know how incredible his life actually was,” said Marshall.  “A philanthropist and a cut throat business man, he is perhaps loved and reviled in equal measure, which makes for great drama.”

The workshop will feature compositions and sound design by Michael Doherty with light design by STU Drama’s technical director, Chris Saad.

TNB invites audiences to experience this one of a kind workshop production highlighting the story of New Brunswick’s greatest benefactor, as told by one of Canada’s most respected living authors.

Beaverbrook – Feb. 27, 2015 | 7:30PM | The Black Box Theatre, STU | $20 Regular | $10 Students

Beaverbrook – Feb. 28, 2015 | 2:00PM | The Black Box Theatre, STU | $20 Regular | $10 Students

Beaverbrook – Feb. 28, 2015 | 7:30PM | The Black Box Theatre, STU | $20 Regular | $10 Students

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