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Eastern Front Theatre: STAGES Theatre Festival 2017

Eastern Front Theatre’s 2017 STAGES Theatre Festival presents an impressive array of live theatre from May 15-27 in downtown Halifax, with a packed schedule of new plays, workshops, theatre for families and world premieres. 

The STAGES Festival presents shows at different stages of development, from workshops and play-readings to full productions and EFT’s Artistic Producer, Jeremy Webb, announced the full line up of 15 shows and events this morning in downtown Halifax.

Tickets are available through Ticket Halifax (www.tickethalifax.com), with prices ranging from $free-$25; they’re available in person at The Coast (2309 Maynard Street). 

Performances take place in the Sir James Dunn Theatre, The Killam Library, The Company House, The BusStop Theatre, and The Waiting Room (Almon St).



With a Flash Pass for $40 (plus hst) patrons can see any three show/events (subject to availability.) You can use the card for three tickets of any value, for any show (even getting it punched three times for one performance.) You can pick up a Flash Pass at the first show you plan on seeing. You cannot book in advance with a Flash Pass... you flash it and go!

STAGES best exemplifies Eastern Front Theatre’s mandate to nurture, support and develop Atlantic Canadian stories by Atlantic Canadian artists.  “There is definitely something for everyone in this year’s Festival,” says EFT’s Artistic Producer, Jeremy Webb.  “I am so proud that we have attracted some of Nova Scotia’s heavy-hitters to join us.”

The Festival’s opening night gala performance is Mulgrave Road Theatre’s production of Tara Reddick’s play, The West Woods.

Other MainSTAGES productions include Meghan Hubley’s Treegirl (Forerunner Theatre,) Jake Willet’s play Les & Dawn (LunaSea Theatre) and, running through the entire festival, Zuppa Theatre’s new show: The Archive of Missing Things, written by Zuppa Theatre and Kate Cayley.

The Festival turns the spotlight on young people and adults with diverse abilities in The Quest Fantastic, produced by The Club Inclusion (working with theatre mentors Karen Bassett and Justin McGarragh), a production giving public voice to the message of what ability means.

Forerunner Playwrights’ Theatre are back this year with their pitch session (Pitch-It) in which emerging and established Nova Scotian playwrights present their works in progress to an audience– with one of them winning $1,000 cash and a development deal!

The full schedule for this year’s STAGES Festival is available at www.easternfronttheatre.com, along with information on the 16-17 season of plays.

Participating organizations include:  Eastern Front Theatre, Zuppa Theatre, Mulgrave Rd Theatre, LunaSea Theatre, DaPopo, Forerunner Playwrights’ Theatre, Club Inclusion, White Rooster Theatre (Newfoundland), Single Thread Theatre (Toronto), Theatre Nova Scotia, Hal-Con and Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre. 



Submissions 2018

Please submit the following for your stage-ready production:
  • Cover letter, briefly detailing your company history and the show's creation and status (number of performances & history to date) and how many people are involved
  • A copy of the complete script
  • A cast & production crew list, bios and headshots
  • A synopsis - no longer than 300 words
  • A one line descriptive 'log-line.'
  • A video of the show (if possible, an archival of the entire performance.)
  • Any poster or graphic that you have already (not necessary, but we are curious.)
  • Reviews
  • Describe your ideal venue, that your show is best suited for.
PLEASE NOTE: If your play is selected for presentation in the STAGES Theatre Festival, the application should come from a company. The modest fee that EFT pays has to go to a producing company and not to an individual. This is because EFT 'presents' these plays and does not produce them. Our funding only allows us to present.
The producing company will sign an agreement with EFT to bring their play to the Festival. The producing company will secure all performing rights, pay all royalties and get ALL clearances. This wil be reflected in the contract. 
The producing company will also be the signatory with the Canadian Actors' Equity Association, if applicable.
The STAGES Theatre Festival pays a modest fee for a 4-6 show run at the Festival. Visiting companies should seek additional funding. EFT will apply for Canada Council funding to assist with travel, per diem and accommodation. These funds are not guaranteed.
If you are submitting a play for a staged reading, or another form of project/workshop, please also follow the above guidelines as far as possible.


5pm on October 1st, 2017 by email OR hard copy (postmarked Oct 1st, 2017)
Mail to: Jeremy Webb, Artistic Producer, Eastern Front Theatre, 1580 Barrington St, Halifax, NS, B3J 1Z6
Email to: jeremy@easternfronttheatre.com

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