Playwrights Bloom'n Theatre to liven up Canadian content

    TORONTO and YORK REGION, ON, March 21 /CNW/ - At last, springtime
festival watchers are able to celebrate Canadian theatre content during
Theatre Aurora's second annual Playwrights of Spring Festival, April 3 to 19,
    The Playwrights of Spring Festival is showcasing four new playwright
productions from Ontario with original Canadian content and has significant
historical relevance for Ontarians. A Rustling is this year's feature pick and
written by Ontario's very own playwright, Dalene Flannigan. It tells Canadians
of a historical event that topped major newspaper headlines in 1927, bumping
the Charles Lindbergh story.
    "For many, the image of small town Ontario in the 1920's is idyllic. We
seem to forget that people back then could be just as influenced by greed as
they are today. This was a scandal that shattered a postcard perfect facade of
the town of Beeton, Ontario, and turned it upside down overnight. It's an
incredible story and one that needs to be told," describes Festival Producer
(Playwright) R.J. Downes (Last Dance of the Dark Cloaked Avenger staged in
May 2007, co-writer of Death to Dating showcased in the New Ideas Festival
    This is a new grass roots theatrical Festival production, an effort
funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) which is an agency of the
Government of Ontario: "We are grateful to the OTF for its funding and pleased
to celebrate new writers in arts and culture to bring their plays to Ontario
audiences this spring," explains Theatre Aurora President Anne Currie-O'Brien.
    Senior panelists who judged 50 playwright entries for feature length and
one-act play categories were theatre professionals Ron Cameron-Lewis, Caroline
Smith and 30 years published theatre critic Solange De Santis. "I was really
glad to see how many people still wanted to write for live theatre in the
electronic world we're living in, and these are all Canadian voices who are
interested in good theatre," says De Santis: "We received themes about love,
trust, history and comedy."
    The Premier Gala - Bloom'n Theatre - will open the festival with feature
play A Rustling (Dalene Flannigan) on April 3 and will alternate evenings with
Live'n Theatre - a three (one-act) play series (Naked in the Kitchen by Lynda
Martens, Connections by Carol Libman and Midnight Rubes by Ron Fromstein)
until Closing Gala on April 19.

For further information:

For further information: online at or call (905) 509-7518 (in
Toronto-York) for festival publicist, Myra Rados

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