In 2017 Blyth Festival is presenting four Canadian plays, three of which are World premieres. Season runs: June 28 to September 23, 2017.
June 28 to August 19 | WORLD PREMIERE
MR. NEW YEAR’S EVE: A Night with Guy Lombardo by David Scott
For forty-eight consecutive years Guy Lombardo was North America’s “Mr. New Year’s Eve”. Despite disapproval from his father and Canadian radio stations alike, Lombardo and His Royal Canadians blazed a path from Huron County to the Big Apple the likes of which has never been seen, before or since.
July 5 to August 19
THE BERLIN BLUES by Drew Hayden Taylor
Two German developers arrive unannounced on the sleepy, fictional Otter Lake reserve. They have with them international investors, $164 million dollars, and blueprints for a “Native Theme Park”. Full of absurd gags and indelible, larger-than-life characters, The Berlin Blues is a slap down, drag ’em out cultural appropriation comedy of the highest (and lowest) order.
August 9 to September 23 | WORLD PREMIERE
THE PIGEON KING by The Company
Arlan Galbraith a long time pigeon breeder, claimed to have access to lucrative pigeon racing markets in Saudi Arabia and throughout the Middle East. Galbraith began approaching local farmers and neighbours asking them to invest in a piece of the royal action by selling contracts with guaranteed profits for buyers of his breeding pairs, promising to personally buy back all of the chicks. A country parable for our times, reminding us that what takes flight, always comes home to roost.
August 16 to September 16 | WORLD PREMIERE
IPPERWASH by Falen Johnson & Jessica Carmichael
The history of the Kettle and Stony Point people goes back to time immemorial. The land along the shores of Lake Huron is home to hundreds of traditional medicines, as well ceremonial spaces, and burial grounds. in 1942 under the War Measures Act, the Department of National Defence expropriated all 2400 acres of the Stony Point people’s territory. This move allowed for the creation of Camp Ipperwash; a training base for Canadian soldiers that was promised return to the people of Stony Point after World War II. Now that the land has finally been returned the process of decontamination and healing has begun. Ipperwash tells the story of resistance, resilience, and reclamation.