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Avoiding the plague

Crestfallen Theatre's "Plague (a sic love story)" takes place in an unexpected setting — a half-renovated area of a 100-year-old building in the city's downtown.
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Matthew Heiti, right, and Jenny Hazelton rehearse a scene as they play a bickering husband and wife in "Plague (a sic love story)," about trying to survive during an outbreak of a modern-day bubonic plague.
Crestfallen Theatre's "Plague (a sic love story)" takes place in an unexpected setting — a half-renovated area of a 100-year-old building in the city's downtown.

The new theatre troupe's goal is to bring audiences into seldom-seen and unusual settings. With the audience grouped in chairs around the actors, they become part of the play.

The production was drafted by local playwright Matthew Heiti, known for his recent Sudbury Theatre Centre production, "Mucking in the Drift," and fine-tuned with the help of Jenny Hazelton, who co-stars in "Plague" with Heiti.

“I think we're hoping to connect with a younger demographic than a lot of theatre tends to,” he said, adding that the intimate atmosphere makes it feel “a little bit more like a party.”

Hazelton said the play centres around a bickering married couple — Remy and Bernard — with a child, trying to survive during the modern version of the bubonic plague, which is spread by crows.

“They're trying to keep going domestically through all of this while their world is crumbling outside,” she said.

“So, they're basically barricaded inside of their apartment, trying to ward off this sickness. The sickness from the outside has sort of affected their relationship. Their relationship has also become sick.”

The play takes place at 73 Elm St. nightly at 8 p.m. Nov. 22-23 and Nov. 26-30, and costs $25 general admission and $20 for students and seniors. There's also a 2 p.m. pay-what-you-wish matinee Nov. 24. There is no Monday show.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit crestfallentheatre.com or phone 705-207-7849.



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