libretto by Julie Salverson
by John Lazarus
New Works for the Theatre by John Lazarus, Daniel David Moses & Julie Salverson
featuring original music composed by David Deleary and Juliet Palmer
March 10 - 26.
All three shows can be seen on March 19.
of Love and Medicine
In March 2005, a festival of 4 new works by the pre-eminent Canadian playwrights John Lazarus,
Daniel David Moses, and Julie Salverson will be presented in repertory by Queen's Department of
Drama in Kingston. With the participation of over 75 Queen's students and staff, plus two
cutting-edge professional companies (Toronto's Tapestry New Opera Works and Theatre Kingston),
Dram-Fest 05 promises to be the most intense and diverse few weeks of dramatic experimentation
imaginable. Beginning March 10, 2005, the festival opens with Songs of Love and Medicine,
a two-show evening featuring a country-western vaudeville The Ballad of Burnt Ella and a lyrical
fantasia A Song of the Tall Grass, both by Daniel David Moses with music by David Deleary.
On March 16, Meltdown, a modern riff on the Icarus legend by John Lazarus, joins the
repertoire, and, on March 18, a workshop production of Shelter, a new opera
about making choices in the nuclear era with a libretto by Julie Salverson and music
by Juliet Palmer, becomes the final show to debut in the festival.
John Hirsch Prize-winning Director Colin Taylor will be on hand to oversee the production of
Songs of Love and Medicine while Theatre Kingston Artistic Director Craig Walker
will be directing the premiere of Meltdown. Meanwhile the artistic team from Tapestry
New Opera, including Artistic Director Wayne Strongman, will be in Kingston to guide the work of the
singer/actors involved in the mounting of the workshop of Shelter. In addition, the festival
will feature a day-long symposium on Canadian theatre work on Sunday, March 20 – the day after
a full Saturday schedule featuring performances of all the productions.
Tickets - $9. for students and seniors, $12 for other than students and seniors
or 2 shows for $12 for students and seniors, $15 for other than students and seniors