Prince Edward County’s (PEC) Festival Players have annouced their lineup for an ambitious and celebratory 2022 summer season. Running from June 29 to September 4, the season brings an expansive lineup of theatre, dance, comedy and music to the heart of PEC at one of The County’s most iconic venues – The Eddie Hotel and Farm.
Take a peek at some of the shows part of this summer season.
HAYMAKER COMEDY FESTIVAL
June 29 – July 2, 2022 | 7:00pm
RED BARN THEATRE, THE EDDIE HOTEL & FARM
Comedy is back and taking over the Red Barn Theatre, featuring some of the top stand-up comics in the country. Come for a night of laughs and stay late for live Karaoke in Ruby’s Clubhouse after.
Headliners include Colin Mochrie & Debra McGrath, Elvira Kurt, Wassim El-Mounzer and Gavin Crawford, with a diverse lineup of rising stars from CBC, CTV, Just for Laughs, Edinburgh Fringe Fest, Crave, Netflix, and Comedy Central, including Jason Allen, Moe Ismail, Ben McKay, Faraz Niafattah, Dion Owen, Cameron Phoenix, Rebecca Reeds, Anjelica Scannura, Max Sheldrick, Tamara Shevon & Harrison Weinreb.
Since last season’s Live at the Eddie with Carolyn Taylor & Elvira Kurt was so successful, comedy is back in full force this year.
FLIGHT: PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY’S FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY DANCE
August 9 – 14, 2022 | 5:00pm & 7:00 pm
FESTIVAL PLAYERS PAVILION, THE EDDIE HOTEL & FARM
Created, curated and led by Carol Anderson, Arwyn Carpenter, Jordana Deveau, Sophie Dow & Kristen Foote FLIGHT is an outdoor festival celebrating diverse and Indigenous dance—a meeting ground for expression and education. Enjoy classes, workshops, pre-show chats, site-specific Flights on Site series and our Evening Program all week long.
Featuring Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo, Sophie Dow, Kristen Foote, Erik Geddis, Beany John, Dedra McDermott, Claudia Moore, Suma Nair, David Norsworthy, Santee Smith and the Kaha:wi Dance Theatre.
Choreography by Carol Anderson, Peggy Baker, Arwyn Carpenter, Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo, Sophie Dow, Isadora Duncan, Gadfly, Beany John, Suma Nair, David Norsworthy and Santee Smith.
The list of choreographers for this series is also quite impressive; definitely recommend taking in one or more of these dance performances.
COUNTY UP! EXPERIENCES
On selected evenings throughout the summer, Festival Players will present a series of artistic offerings
accompanied by curated dining experiences prepared by local chefs, bringing audiences “one night only” spectacles at the Regent Theatre in Picton and the majestic Red Barn Theatre at The Eddie Hotel & Farm.
The first County Up! Experience to be announced is:
SONGS IN THE KEY OF CREE
JULY 10, 2022 | 4:00pm
REGENT THEATRE, PICTON
Presented by Festival Players & The Regent Theatre
A new musical cabaret from celebrated Cree-Canadian playwright, author and pianist Tomson Highway, incorporating Cree and English language songs written over the past 30 years. Peruvian-Canadian vocalist Patricia Cano and Toronto’s famed jazz sax player Marcus Ali round out the collaboration. Highway, Cano and Ali have toured the world developing the show. They also had a preent
In addition to the 2022 Playbill, Festival Players is investing in development and outreach projects, including a 2022 Youth Summer Camp and an inaugural Indigenous Theatre Creator Program, in collaboration with Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na (TTO), which awards one Indigenous creator funds and support from the Festival Players team towards new work creation, including a workshop and presentation of the created work.
These are some great reasons to plan some time away from the big city to explore PEC and take in some art with the Festival Players.
Tickets for all announced programming are on sale now at the Festival Players website and include Pavilion Season Flex Passes, single tickets at $45-$50, and $30 for Under 30/Arts Worker.