Michael Shamata, the Belfry Theatre’s Artistic Director, announced the company’s 2011–2012 Season. The Mainstage season will start in September and includes the English Language premiere of the Quebec hit, And Slowly Beauty…; a new production of David French’s backstage comedy, Jitters; the premiere of Michele Riml’s new play, on the edge; and closes in May 2012 with Yasmina Reza’s new comedy of bad manners, God of Carnage.
This summer, the theatre will host productions of Atomic Vaudeville’s musical Ride the Cyclone in July (in preparation for their national tour) and the globe-trotting, multi award-winning Mom’s the Word: Remixed in August.
“I’m very excited about this season’s playbill,” said Michael Shamata. “The Belfry’s mandate is to produce contemporary theatre with an emphasis on Canadian plays. We always aim to bring our audiences unique voices and experiences.”
“Our production of And Slowly Beauty… will travel to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa following its run here, part of our commitment to share our work with the rest of the country,” said Shamata. “I’m also thrilled we can premiere on the edge, which Michele has been workshopping at the Belfry over the last two years. Engagement with new work keeps the Belfry vital, and creates a unique experience for our artists and our audiences.”
“Each season we like to revisit a Canadian classic and this year, in our November – December slot, we’ll produce the very funny backstage comedy, Jitters. I think it’s best described as David French’s love letter to Canadian theatre.”
“My dear friend and former Belfry Artistic Director Glynis Leyshon will return to direct the international award-winning comedy God of Carnage in April 2012,” Shamata concluded.
The Belfry’s perennially popular mid-winter SPARK Festival will return in March 2012. Details of the 2012 SPARK Festival will be released shortly.
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