Stephenville Theatre Festival brings ‘Mary’s Wedding’ to St. John’s

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A prairie barn, the Atlantic coast, the trenches of the First World War — the Stephenville Theatre Festival will transport theatregoers in St. John’s to another time through the power of a dream when it performs “Mary’s Wedding” at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre Thursday evening.

The theatre festival has been touring the play across the island since Oct. 8, and will head to Labrador West after the St. John’s show.

Written by Stephen Massicotte and directed by Keith Pike, the play is set on the night before Mary Chalmers is to be married.

Through her dream, the audience observes her first meeting with her husband-to-be, Charlie Edwards.

As their relationship — of which Mary’s mother disapproves — develops, Charlie enlists to fight overseas. Letters he sends home allow Mary to imagine his experiences.

Tonight at 6:30 in Irwin’s Court at the Arts and Culture Centre, Massicotte will conduct a reading of his play “The Clockmaker,” which was named Best Canadian Play at the Toronto Theatre Critics Awards for the 2010-2011 season.

The reading will be followed by a short question and answer session.

Tickets for “Mary’s Wedding” are $30 and are available online at

Organizations: Stephenville Theatre, Toronto Theatre

Geographic location: Labrador West

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