Theatre New Brunswick (TNB) opens “Come Down from Up River” written by Norm Foster this Thursday at the Fredericton Playhouse. Unfortunately, I won't be able to write a review… but I can at least tell you all about the event.
“Shaver Bennett has lived a rather solitary life as a logger in the woods of northern New Brunswick. One day he arrives at the doorstep of his estranged sister’s daughter, whom he hasn’t seen in 20 years. The niece, Bonnie Doyle and her wife Liv Arsenault welcome him into their lives in this sweetly moving tale. Set in Saint John, New Brunswick, Come Down From Up River explores family and forgiveness with a healthy dose of laughter sprinkled with tears.” (TNB)
I I had the opportunity to work with TNB and the Fredericton Playhouse to help with the load in for this production. I could go on an on about the beautiful carpentry of Jamie Atkinson (If there are any construction nerds like me going to see this show, know that all the wood fits together seamlessly and the back of the pieces look just as good as the front) but I won't.
“Come Down from Up River” premiered at the Foster Festival in St. Catherine, Ontario in 2018.
Now if you don't know about Norm Foster, for shame. He is a pretty amazing artist that got his big break on the TNB stage in 1980. His first show “Sinners” was produced right here in Fredericton, and then the next few after that. Fast forward to 2018 and Foster stands as Canada’s most produced playwright with over 60 plays, which receive an average of 150 productions annually.
Foster was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2017 and in 2018 he was awarded the key to the city in St. Catharines, Ontario. He even his own theatre festival based in Ontario. Foster currently lives and works in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
If you have ten minutes today, google him. Learn a little bit more about a Canadian literary icon, and if your free this week. Go see “Come Down from Up River” at the Playhouse. you can buy tickets here —> http://www.tnb.nb.ca/come-down-from-up-river/