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Michael Healey’s new work 1979 begins previews at The Shaw

- Fast-paced political satire Festival’s second contribution to Canada 150 celebration -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (May 18, 2017) — After making a stop in Ottawa, Michael Healey’s razor-sharp politically charged satire 1979 begins previews in Niagara-on-the-Lake on May 20. Several unplugged performances of the Eric Coates-directed production are scheduled at the Court House Theatre and Royal George Theatre before the production settles in the Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre beginning October 1. As one of Canada’s most prolific playwrights, Healey’s ability to skewer and elevate his subjects simultaneously results in a sympathetic and affectionate portrait of Prime Minister Joe Clark, one of Canada’s least celebrated leaders.

Taking place over the course of 48 hours after Prime Minister Clark presented his first budget to the defeat of his minority government, 1979 examines Clark’s costly miscalculation and its impact on the era’s political machinations. 1979 features Sanjay Talwar as Prime Minister Joe Clark, alongside Marion Day and Kelly Wong as a variety of notable Canadian political players of the day.

The PMO’s office in the Langevin Block and the sounds and fashions of the late 1970s are meticulously reconstructed by Steve Lucas (set, lighting and projections), Jennifer Goodman (costumes) and Keith Thomas (sound).

Michael Healey’s 1979 is a Shaw Festival co-production with Great Canadian Theatre Company. The Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre is sponsored by Paradigm Capital Inc.

Cast: (in alphabetical order)

Marion Day
Sanjay Talwar
Kelly Wong
Actor B
Joe Clark
Actor A

Creative & Production:

Eric Coates
Steve Lucas
Jennifer Goodman
Keith Thomas
Michael Healey
Allan Teichman
Katherine Dermott
Théa Pel
Set, Lighting and Projection Designer
Costume Designer
Composer and Sound Designer
Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager (to May 21)
Assistant Stage Manager (from May 16)

The Shaw Festival’s 2017 season is on stage April 5 through October 15. The playbill features Me and My Girl, Saint Joan, Dracula, 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt, Androcles and the Lion, Wilde Tales, The Madness of George III, Dancing at Lughnasa, An Octoroon, Middletown, 1979 and Secret Theatre.

Direct bus service from Toronto to Niagara-on-the-Lake on the Shaw Express began April 5. Patrons can choose to come for one day or stay for the weekend with a round trip costing $25. A ticket to a 2017 Shaw Festival performance is required to access this service.

Tickets for the 2017 Festival season and Shaw Express are available through the Box Office and online at www.shawfest.com.


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