Two Universities | Two Theatre Productions

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Theatre St. Thomas and Theatre UNB are both staging productions this week beginning Wednesday January 30.

The cast of Theatre UNB’s production of Black Dog: 4 vs. the Wrld.
L-R: Austin Taylor as Five, Alexe Lapointe as Two, Kyle Bech as Three, and Veronica Howe as Four. Photo: Mike Johnston

It’s a big week for university theatre programs as both Theatre St. Thomas and Theatre UNB bring new productions to the stage.

Theatre St. Thomas’ production of Oscar Wilde’s play The Importance of Being Earnest opens Wednesday at the Black Box Theatre. Directed by Ilkay Silk and John Ball, this farcical romantic comedy will receive a five-show run with a cast of 14 actors.  

Just a short walk down the hill, Theatre UNB will open their production of Black Dog: 4 vs the Wrld. Written by UNB Creative Writing alumnus Matt Heiti and directed by Len Falkenstein, the play premiered as part of Sudbury Theatre Centre’s 2012-2013 season and was brought back the following year due to overwhelming audience demand.

Both of this week’s productions are part of FROSTival, Fredericton’s winter festival. Full FROSTival details can be found HERE. Detailed information of both productions can be found below.

The cast and directors of Theatre St. Thomas’ production of The Importance of being Earnest.

The Importance of Being Earnest

Theatre St. Thomas’s second production of 2018-19 is Oscar Wilde’s perennially popular comedy of manners, The Importance Of Being Earnest. Wilde’s play premiered in 1895 as a witty send-up of late Victorian earnestness. A farcical romantic comedy of double lives, mistaken identity, and improbable coincidence, it follows the misadventures of two young couples whose deceptive impostures and rigid views during courtship may prevent them all from getting what they want—each other!

January 30 – February 2 | Black Box Theatre, STU Campus | 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday | $5-$10 | View Event

 

Black Dog: 4 vs the Wrld

Theatre UNB is back for the New Year with a powerful production by UNB Creative Writing alumnus Matt Heiti. Black Dog: 4 vs the wrld looks hard at the unsung struggle to maintain mental health. Four young adults deal with the unexpected suicide of their friend, mentor, and brother. Mental illness is a vicious black dog that pursues them ceaselessly. Together they build community and through their mutual support, begin to overcome. Inspirational but uncompromising, Black Dog offers a realistic and immersive look at mental illness.

January 30 – February 2 | Memorial Hall, UNB Campus | 7:30 p.m. | $8-$14 | View Event

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