Festival Players Presents will extend our activities in to the Fall and Winter months and feature an all-Canadian lineup of presentations that push the envelope in our new Storefront performance space.
Festival Players Presents is made possible in part by the Government of Canada.
The Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy
An Eldritch Theatre Production
Created and Performed by Eric Woolfe
Originally directed by Dylan Trowbridge
Designed by Melanie McNeill
September 26 – October 1 | The Storefront, 310 Main Street Wellington
A highly original creation from the mind of Eric Woolfe, nominated for Best New Play and Best Performance at the 2017 Dora Mavor Moore Awards. The Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy is a critically acclaimed, mostly true Old Time Terror yarn of a Grifter, the Devil, and cursed Klondike Gold. Told with puppets, con games, and dark parlour magic! Created for adult audiences, but is great for teens, too.
- September 28th – 7:30 pm – Post-Show Conversation and Q&A with Eric Woolfe and Festival Players’ Artistic Director Graham Abbey
- September 29th – 7:30 pm – Premium Performance Including a Post-Show Close Up Magic Act
“NNNN… Eric Woolfe’s magic-infused puppet show about a Klondike Gold Rush era con man is a sure bet.” – NOW Magazine
“In the world of punk-tinged, Victorian gothic puppeteering, Eric Woolfe must rank near the very top.” – The Globe and Mail
October 3 – 7
Crow’s Theatre Presents the Castleton Massive Production
Created by Torquil Campbell and Chris Abraham
in collaboration with Julian Brown
October 3-7 | The Storefront, 310 Main Street Wellington
Clark Rockefeller is a real-life conman of the highest order, now serving a near-life sentence in a California State prison. And iconic musician and provocateur Torquil Campbell wants to try him on for size. What does it mean for an excellent fabulator to embody an excellent fabulator? And in the end, does an intricate con differ that much from a successful work of art? Torquil’s dogged investigation and impersonation challenges us to find the truth in True Crime and confront our cultural addiction to a good story. Entirely scripted or absolutely extemporaneous, True Crime is a mind-twisting encounter with an artist obsessed with how we all fake it, one way or another.
“What makes this show so very smart and entertaining is the way Campbell draws you into a web of stories and constantly keeps you guessing about what you can and can’t believe. Art imitates life imitates true crime.” – The Toronto Star ***1/2
“He quickly demonstrates impressive acting chops, proving himself a funny, engaging raconteur and performer as well as a talented writer.” – NOW Magazine NNNN