Hudson Village Theatre ends their summer season with the crowd-pleaser Ned Durango Comes to Big Oak, by Canadian playwright and summer stock fave, Norm Foster. The play, first performed in 1994, is a Montreal premiere opening tonight, August 8th and running until September 2nd with several matinée performances during the week as well as on the weekends.
The Crossroads Café is the local eatery in a charming hamlet not unlike Hudson. Unfortunately, the town is in serious financial stress and to get back on its feet, the townspeople have to prove that it is investment worthy. What better way to do that than by staging the best annual Tomato Festival ever? They enlist what they hope to be the big draw-Ned Durango, an ageing TV and musical star- as the grand marshal of the fest. As expected, things don’t proceed exactly as planned.
Referring to his own writing Foster says, "I find it far more satisfying if I can make an audience laugh and feel a little heartache within the same story. … it's the stories that touch an audience's heart as well as it's funny bone that are the most rewarding."
Hudson Village Theatre has assembled a stellar company to ensure that the season finale leaves audiences craving more next year. Glenn Bowser is at the helm as director and joining him are: Karen Cromar (no stranger to HVT audiences and hot off The Piggery set of Last of the Red Hot Lovers); Matt Holland, making his sixth appearance on the Hudson stage; John Abbott grad and relative newcomer, Arielle Palik; Westmount resident, Doug Price, on the Hudson stage for the first time; with veteran actor of stage and both screens, Vlasta Vrana, rounding out the cast. Laura Nhem creates the evocative sets and costumes with Bruce Lambie providing the lighting design.
NED DURANGO COMES to BIG OAK plays Hudson Village Theatre, located at 28 Wharf Road
Hudson, QC J0P 1H0, tonight, Aug. 8 to Sept. 2, running Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM with a 2 PM matinée Wed., Thurs., Sat. & Sunday. The show is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Regular Admission is $27 to $29. Three distinct packages available for groups. Book tickets online at www.villagetheatre.ca, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 450-458-5361.