Noël Coward’s Tonight at 8:30 Series at Shaw Festival Makes Repertory Theatre History
Previews of Brief Encounters Begin Shaw Festival’s Presentation of all Ten One-Act Plays in Tonight at 8:30
Repressed love after a chance meeting at a train station; flaming passion from a single dance across the floor; mistaken identity following a passing holiday acquaintance – three different stories all inspired by three brief moments in time, come together to make up Brief Encounters. This opening triplet of Coward's Tonight at 8:30 cyclefeatures three miniature delights only possible from the pen of Noël Coward and demonstrate the great range of his writing – from drama to comedy to music.
Initially conceived by Coward to revive the one-act play, Tonight at 8:30 also provided the opportunity for Coward to showcase his and his favourite actress Gertrude Lawrence's acting, singing and dancing talents. Staying true to Coward's original idea, Deborah Hay, Patrick Galligan, Corrine Koslo and Thom Marriott perform multiple roles and show off their triple threat talents in this threesome of Coward short plays. Brief Encounters also features Krista Colosimo, Gray Powell, Goldie Semple, Michael Ball, Prince Amponsah, Wade Bogert-O'Brien, Beryl Bain and David Schurmann in multiple roles.
Brief Encounters has set and costumes designed by the Shaw Festival's Head of Design, William Schmuck, lighting design by Head of Lighting Design Kevin Lamotte, musical arrangements and sound design by John Gzowski, projections by Adam Larsen, choreography by Valerie Moore. The stage management team includes Production Stage Manager Judy Farthing and Assistant Stage Manager Amy Jewell.
For more information on this once in a lifetime presentation of Tonight at 8:30 at the Shaw Festival Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, please visit www.tonightat830.com.
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