Current Season

Current Season

We are thrilled to celebrate our 33rd anniversary season with an ambitious 3-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!

Our 2024 season features collaborations with two different companies to create beautiful, memorable theatrical experiences that powerfully reflect who we are and who we want to be. We’re thrilled to work with both HomeFirst Theatre and Nestuita’si Storytelling to create work that we couldn’t on our own. Each company will contribute so much to our ongoing mission, and when we collaborate, we can bring new resources and communities to the work.

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. A collaboration with HomeFirst Theatre and Two Planks and Passion Theatre. Adapted from the beloved novel by Ernest Buckler and set in this very region, The Mountain and the Valley examines how community makes a person who they are, and is both familiar and universal, beautiful, funny, and poignant.  The Mountain and The Valley, by Governor General’s Award winning playwright Catherine Banks, adapted from the beloved novel by Ernest Buckler, is directed by Guillermo Verdecchia  and a spoken word chorus directed by musical director Allen Cole. 

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 Verdecchia, 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.  

PLEASE NOTE: Our opening night for Mountains and the Valley will be at 6 pm on June 29. Chased by the Bear will open on July 6.

"The Mountain and the Valley” is a long awaited production by two time Governor General’s Award winning playwright Catherine Banks. HomeFirst has championed this project for many years and we are delighted to finally see it come to fruition with Two Planks and a Passion Theatre."

This season also includes KOQM, a theatrical piece by L’nu (Mi’kmaw) storyteller shalan joudry. KOQM is a journey through time and land to experience the voices of fictional L’nu (Mi’kmaw) women. Throughout the course of the show we hear and meet the women who might have spoken and walked through one area of forest over centuries. Guided by the strength of an ancient tree (“KOQM”), the women’s voices share with us their personal stories of grief, humour and resiliency through a unique theatrical performance that includes story-telling, poetry, dance and song. KOQM opens Aug 13 and closes Aug 17, 2024.

Our season timing has changed from what was published on our brochure and posters, with previews beginning on June 26th, 2024 for The Mountain and the Valley, and its opening on June 29 at 6 pm and Chased by the Bear previewing July 4 and opening on July 6 at 8 pm.

The Ross Creek Centre for the Arts is the home of Two Planks and a Passion. We are at 555 Ross Creek Rd, Canning, Nova Scotia- 20 minutes away from Wolfville and just over an hour away from Halifax.

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 127 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

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