Prince Edward County’s (PEC) Festival Players’ Artistic Director Graham Abbey and Managing Director Vikki Anderson announced today the lineup for an ambitious and celebratory 2022 summer season. Presented by BMO and Huff Estates and running from June 29 to September 4, the season brings an expansive lineup of theatre, dance, comedy and music to the heart of PEC at one of The County’s most iconic venues – The Eddie Hotel and Farm.
“This season, we build on the success of our first year at The Eddie Hotel and Farm with expanded programming at both our outdoor Pavilion and the historic Red Barn Theatre. The cornerstone of our season is the World Premiere of The Shape of Home, a musical investigation into the life and work of celebrated County poet Al Purdy. Commissioned and developed by Festival Players, this is a love letter to the land and spirit of our region. Our season also includes the return of dance, comedy, music and theatre along with interactive community events that will allow audiences of all ages to engage with our productions like never before.”Prince Edward County’s (PEC) Festival Players’ Artistic Director Graham Abbey
The season begins in late June with the HAYMAKER COMEDY FESTIVAL, featuring some of Canada’s top stand-up comics, including Colin Mochrie, Deb McGrath, Elvira Kurt, Wassim El-Mounzer and Gavin Crawford, performing in the historic Red Barn Theatre.
In July, the Festival Players Pavilion outdoor stage will host the World Premiere of the Festival Players commission THE SHAPE OF HOME: SONGS IN SEARCH OF AL PURDY. Created by and featuring Frank Cox-O’Connell, Beau Dixon, Hailey Gillis, Marni Jackson, Raha Javanfar, and Andrew Penner, THE SHAPE OF HOME explores the life and work of Canada’s unofficial poet laureate.
“We are very excited to be entering the second year of our partnership with The Eddie Hotel & Farm and adding a new indoor venue in their famous Red Barn to the outdoor stage,” adds Anderson. “This season’s summer programming is marked by vision, passion and bold steps toward our dream of building a nationally recognized centre for performing arts in The County.”Managing Director Vikki Anderson
The Festival Players Pavilion will also host FLIGHT, an outdoor festival celebrating diverse and Indigenous contemporary dance created and curated by Carol Anderson, Arwyn Carpenter, Jordana Deveau, Sophie Dow, Kristen Foote and featuring an eclectic lineup of dancers, including Santee Smith and Patricia O’Callaghan; and BEYOND THE SEA – a romantic comedy from Port Dover’s Lighthouse Theatre. BEYOND THE SEA is directed by Derek Ritschel, written by Kristen Da Silva and features Jane Spence and Jeffrey Wetsch.
Festival Players will also present a series of COUNTY UP! Experiences through the summer, including special events, concerts, and celebrity chef dinners at the historic Regent Theatre in Picton and in the Red Barn at The Eddie.
The first COUNTY UP! Experience for the 2022 season brings celebrated Cree-Canadian playwright, author, and pianist Thomson Highway to The County, for SONGS IN THE KEY OF CREE. Incorporating Cree and English language songs written over the past 30 years, SONGS IN THE KEY OF CREE also features Peruvian-Canadian vocalist Patricia Cano and Toronto’s famed jazz sax player Marcus Ali.
In addition to the 2022 Playbill, Festival Players is investing in development and outreach projects, including a 2022 youth summer camp and an inaugural Indigenous Theatre Creator Program, in collaboration with Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na (TTO), which awards one Indigenous creator funds and support from the Festival Players team towards new work creation, including a workshop and presentation of the created work.
Tickets for all announced programming are on sale now at www.festivalplayers.ca and include Pavilion Season Flex Passes or single tickets at $45-$50 and $30 for Under 30/Arts Worker.