On A First Name Basis
Meet 62 year old novelist David Kilbride and his housekeeper of 28 years, Miss Hopperstaad. She knows everything about him and he knows nothing about her. In this witty comedy, audiences will be treated to many secrets and surprises! When it comes to friendship, what’s in a name?
In 1983, a young Norm Foster made his playwriting debut on the Fredericton Playhouse stage with TNB’s production of Sinners. Now with over 50 produced works having debuted on stages across the country and as far away as Bermuda, Foster has earned the reputation as Canada’s most produced playwright and is set to return to the theatre that started it all with his latest hit comedy, On A First Name Basis.
“Norm’s work has been celebrated from coast to coast and it’s a great privilege and an honour to welcome him back to TNB for this production,” said TNB General Manager Susan Ready. “His work has played a vital role in shaping the history of our company. We’ve produced several of Norm’s plays over the years and are excited to wrap up this year’s Main Stage season with a production that celebrates both Norm’s comedic genius and his outstanding contribution to Canadian theatre.”
The production also welcomes the return of Foster’s long-time co-star, Patricia Vanstone, who last wowed Fredericton audiences in the 2012 world premiere of Foster’s comedy, Hilda’s Yard.
“Patricia made quite an impression on our audience with her role as Hilda in Hilda’s Yard,” said Ready. “People are still talking about her character and we can’t wait to have her back. Her years working alongside Norm have made those two perfect performing partners. Their timing and delivery is stunningly precise.”
TNB’s production of On A First Name Basis also highlights the talents of two long-time Fredericton theatre artists with lighting design by Jeff Fevens and a set designed by TNB’s Head of Carpentry Jamie Atkinson.