Stone Fence Theatre, the Ottawa Valley's long-running, beloved regional theatre company, is launching its fourteenth season on Wednesday, July 13, at the Eagle’s Nest Hall at the Eganville Community Arena. In addition to launching a new play, the critically acclaimed Stag and Doe, by Mark Crawford, directed by Chantal Elie-Sernoskie, the company is releasing a CD of songs from last year's sold-out smash hit, Here Comes the Train! The Ottawa Valley Railway Story.
Launch Night, and all other performances will include the company's trademark Ottawa Valley roast beef supper, featuring home-baked dessert.
"I know from seeing it when it opened at the Blyth Festival in 2014 that Stag and Doe is really going to strike a chord with people from the Ottawa Valley, where stag-and-does are part of the fabric of life," said the company's producer Ish Theilheimer. "It's a brilliant script, and our talented cast, under Chantal's direction, is going to crack people up from start to finish."
He predicts Stag and Doe will be "wildly popular" with local audiences and those who make the 90-minute drive from Ottawa both because of its subject matter and its message, which emphasizes the fundamental values of love and marriage.
Stag and Doe won hearts last year with over a half-dozen productions in rural theatres across Canada. But this is the first time Stag and Doe is being performed in the Ottawa area. Eganville is just a short drive up the Ottawa River, and while visitors could make a day-trip there are also many choices for overnight stays and other activities in the area. The village is celebrating its 125th birthday all year with 125 events, including Stag and Doe and a concert of French-Canadian traditional music hosted by Stone Fence Theatre on August 4.
This production features an energetic young cast, including newcomers to Stone Fence Theatre Danielle Bissonnette, Melissa Lindsay, and Kelley Oliver from Ottawa, as well as returning veterans Joshua McCoy and Stephanie Pinkerton, Chris Hoffman, and Phil Hoffman, with MC Valley Vic, and pre-show music (traditional, Irish and Celtic) by Ish Theilheimer, Jim Beattie and friends.
The play has been critically acclaimed across Canada. The Kitchener-Waterloo Record said, "Crawford's script is as snappy and crisp as a well-written TV sitcom. The laughs come fast and furiously and often."
A review in Stage-Door.com called it, "A comedy that does not rely on an outrageous plot, on shock effect, on a dialogue of one-liners or set-ups and punchlines. Instead, the plot, humour and dialogue are so amusing because they are so true to life."
The full season schedule and tickets are available at www.stonefence.ca or by phone TOLL-FREE at 1-866-310-1004.