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“The 2021 New Works Festival” featuring Liza Balkan, Taylor Marie Graham, Deanna Kruger and Mark Weatherley

July 6 @ 12:00 am - September 5 @ 12:00 am EDT

Here For Now Theatre Company is thrilled to announce our 2021 New Works Festival comprised entirely of world premiere productions. Local artists are coming together to create a season that will include ten shows with small, socially distanced audiences, under an open-air canopy at the Bruce Hotel (Stratford, ON)

Productions by PGC Members include:

“The Tracks”
Book by Mark Weatherley, Music and Lyrics by Kale Penny
Jul 6, 2021 – Jul 25, 2021

“It’s hard to move forward when you keep lookin’ back.” In the premiere of this witty musical featuring the original songs of singer / songwriter Kale Penny, worlds collide when a street corner busker encounters a classical violinist who finds herself at a crossroads.

“Janet and Louise”
Written by Deanna Kruger
Jul 27, 2021 – Aug 15, 2021
Janet is determined to get over her mysterious ailments and keep her custodial job, so she’s agreed to take doctor-prescribed art lessons. Louise’s art studio is floundering; there is endless roadwork outside and her prickly personality chases people away. Janet arrives but thinks she might quit. Louise can’t afford to lose another student. Then Janet finds a man’s tooth inside a jar. . . At turns funny and heartbreaking, this new play asks what happens when two strangers confront what they’ve tried so hard to keep hidden.

“Post Alice”
Written by Taylor Marie Graham
Jul 27, 2021 – Aug 15, 2021
Inspired by four haunting characters from four iconic Alice Munro stories, Post Alice is a stunning new contemporary play which asks the question: what really happened to Mistie Murray? And what happens to all our missing girls? Come sit around the fire with four bright and hilarious Huron County women as ghost stories emerge, songs fill the air, family secrets are revealed, and mysteries unravel into those wonderful contradictions which live inside us all.

“So, how’s it been?”
Aug 17, 2021 – Sep 5, 2021
In the summer of 2020, theatre artist and Stratford resident Liza Balkan first began interviewing people who live and work in this town, asking after how they were doing through the fulsome and challenging initial months of the pandemic. She met with business owners, employees, artists, nurses, retirees, actors, parents, kids, farmers… The months became a year and the interviews continued. So many stories. “So, how’s it been?” is a song cycle co-created by writer / director Balkan and composer / musical director Paul Shilton, inspired by – and using – the words from these recorded conversations. The songs and poetry are moving, surprising, funny, harsh, wild, curious, and empowering. And true. With music composed by Paul Shilton plus an additional song or two by Katherine Wheatley, Bruce Horak, and others, join extraordinary performers Marcus Nance, Barb Fulton, Trevor Patt, and Evangelia Kambites as they share a reflection of this highly particular time in this highly particular town. It’s a concert. It’s a conversation. How’s it been for you?

“The Wonder of it All”
Written by Mark Weatherley
Aug 17, 2021 – Sep 5, 2021
If marriage is the right to annoy one special person for the rest of your life, then Charmaine and Kingsley have the perfect marriage. That is until a surprise from their past meddles with the certainty of their future. But after 25 years is it too late for them to discover the redemptive power of love?



July 6 @ 12:00 am EDT
September 5 @ 12:00 am EDT
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The Bruce Hotel
89 Parkview Drive
Stratford, ON N5A 4R5 Canada
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