Annual One-Act Play Festival Centre Stage at the Boardmore Theatre

The curtain for the 2013 Elizabeth Boardmore One-Act Play Festival at the Boardmore Playhouse will rise once again this year, with opening night scheduled for March 21 beginning at 7 p.m. This annual event, which runs until March 24, is a favourite for theatre enthusiasts and performers alike. Special to this year’s festival is guest adjudicator and Cape Breton University (CBU) Boardmore Theatre alumnus, Ron Jenkins. Jenkins is a nationally recognized theatre director, with impressive hardware and award nominations attached to his name.

“There is no shortage of Cape Bretoners who have become nationally recognized for their work in the theatre and we are thrilled to have one join us this year as our guest adjudicator for the 2013 Elizabeth Boardmore One-Act Play Festival.  Ron Jenkins began his career on the Boardmore Stage in 1989 as an actor.  Since moving to Toronto to pursue a life in the theatre, Ron has become one a Canada’s most sought after directors.  Ron will bring to our festival his extensive knowledge of acting, directing, playwriting, and theatre management.  He will certainly prove to be a positive influence on our young Cape Breton theatre artists,” says Todd Hiscock, Director, Boardmore Theatre.

Ron is a freelance director and the former Artistic Director of Edmonton’s Workshop West Theatre and Fringe Theatre Adventures. Some of his directing credits include Next to Normal (Theatre Calgary), Playing With Fire (The Theo Fleury Story ATP), Chicago (Mayfield Dinner Theatre), Forbidden Phoenix (Citadel Theatre), among other notable productions.  Ron has won 10 Sterling Awards as a director and playwright and received Betty Mitchell Awards for Direction for The Black Rider and Playing With Fire.  He is also the winner of the 2004 Syncrude Award for Artistic Innovation. Ron was shortlisted for the 2007 and 2010 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre for Direction.

Eight plays will hit the stage during the 4-day festival. Audiences will be treated to one-act plays that share stories about hippies and bar games to a beloved cultural building on Sydney’s waterfront to a London-based cab company.

The CBU Dramagroup gathers yearly for an annual festival of one-act plays. The festival offers the com­munity an opportunity to celebrate live theatre and to share the talents of actors, directors, writers and technicians. In 2004, the festival lost one of its greatest supporters and one of the Dramagroup co-founders, Elizabeth “Liz” Board­more.

The festival achievements awards and closing ceremony are being held on March 24 at 7 p.m. in the Pit Lounge.

The CBU Boardmore Playhouse box office is open the week prior to and the week during the performances from 1-5 p.m., Monday through Friday and one hour before each show. Admission is $12 for general, $8 for students and seniors, and $6 for CBU students. One-Act Play Festival Pass: $48 general, $32 for students and seniors, $24 for CBU students.

For a complete schedule visit www.cbu.ca/boardmore or phone the Box Office at 563-1652.