We are thrilled to celebrate our 33nd anniversary season with an ambitious 2-production outdoor season of theatre, including two world premieres featuring adaptations of two beloved stories.
Our 2024 season features an incredible company of creators from across Canada coming together to do what Two Planks does best – create beautiful, memorable theatrical experiences that powerfully reflect who we are and who we want to be, and to collaborate with another theatre to paint an even larger picture for our mainstage!
This season includes the world premiere of Chased by the Bear, a new fireside musical by Allen Cole and Ken Schwartz (adapted from the Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale). Chased by the Bear will play Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 8 pm.
Our mainstage is The Mountain and the Valley. It is the Annapolis Valley between the Great Wars and David Canaan, beloved grandson, son, brother, and twin to Anna is on the cusp of manhood. Brilliant, sensitive, observant and the pride of his community his future shines with promise. And yet at 33 he stands alone at the top of the South Mountain looking back at the miscommunications and the misunderstandings that have derailed his dreams. The Mountain and The Valley, by Governor General’s Award winning playwright Catherine Banks, adapted from the beloved novel by Ernest Buckler, asks how is it that such promise has not to come to pass and can we ever begin again?
A collaboration of HomeFirst Theatre and Two Planks and Passion Theatre, The Mountain and The Valley will premiere in the summer of 2024, at Ross Creek. This long awaited production, directed by renowned director and playwright Guillermo Verdeccia, will feature an all star cast of thirteen, a magnificent outdoor setting and a spoken word chorus directed by musical director Allen Cole. Performances will be Wednesdays and Fridays at 6 pm, Saturdays at 4 pm and Sundays at 2 pm.
Our season timing has changed, with previews beginning on June 26th, 2024 and The Mountain and the Valley opening on June 28 at 6 pm and Chased by the Bear Opening on June 29, 2024 at 8 pm.
Two Planks will also present a series of pre and post-show conversations with historians and artists throughout the summer – check back here for information.
Since Two Planks and a Passion’s first outdoor season at Ross Creek in 2007, the company has been nominated for 125 Merritt Awards for excellence in professional theatre in Nova Scotia, winning 35 times, including 4 awards for Outstanding Production.
The 2024 season is made possible through the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Arts Nova Scotia, The Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage, Support for Culture and The Craig Foundation.
For information contact: Ken Schwartz, Artistic Director
Tickets will be available soon.
Coming to a Two Planks production is an essentially human experience like no other.
As you drive up the North Mountain of Ernest Buckler fame, the trees get thicker and the houses further apart. Turning down the gravel Ross Creek road you begin to feel you are entering a new world and cresting a hill, you suddenly see both the Bay of Fundy and the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, nestled in a small valley of field, forest and ponds.
You check in at our off-grid box office and can pick up your picnic with a glass of herbal lemonade, or locally sourced wine or cider and enjoy.
You can play a game of bocce or croquet before visiting the gallery, gardens and grounds and then join your fellow audience members going through the floral archway to the play site, where you gather for an extraordinary professional performance that marries nature and the imagination in a shared experience of live theatre.
If you are visiting for the late night show, you get one of our blankets to join the actors in an intimate and thrilling fireside tale, where actors are lit only by the light of the crackling fire, and ending your evening with the chance to roast marshmallows with the cast before heading down a torchlit path back to your car and home.
You don’t need to bring your phone – you just need to bring a spirit of adventure.