Yellowknife festival of one act plays attracts international performers

Yellowknife festival of one act plays attracts international performers
Juan Cruz Bracamonte and Mariana Silva bring their Mandragora Circo (Mandrake Circus) to Yellowknife’a one act play festival. The Argenine performers have been on the road since 2006, touring South, Central and North America.Photo: Jack Danylchuk.

Touring performers from Argentina and Japan added an international flavour to Theatre on the Lake during its seventh summer of one act plays on the waters outside of the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre.

“I am so excited to be able to play in Canada,” Momoko Fujita said after a spirited performance as Natsu Henjin in Penguin Project, which answers the question, “should penguins be kept in zoos?” with an emphatic “no.”

Mariana Silva and Juan Cruz Bracamonte made a detour on their way to Alaska to bring their Mandragora Circo (Mandrake Circus) and a story of love between two clowns to Yellowknife.

The duo has been on the road since 2006, performing their way north from Argentine Patagonia through South and Central America, to Canada and the United States.

Ron Kent, director of operations, said the festival aims to provide “a fun and nurturing environment to produce plays and provide an untraditional summer theatre venue.”

Kent wrote Julia Child Makes Bits and Bites, a satirical look at what happens when the first celebrity TV chef turns her deft hand to making snack food.

“This is my fifth year writing for the festival,” Kent said. “Every year it takes forever to get here, then it arrives all in a rush.”

In Guess Who Plays First, writer Scott Richardson took a classic baseball comedy routine and ‘70s rock and roll on a road trip with an estranged father, played by Len MacDonald, with Brenden McIntosh as his anxiety-ridden son.

Entrepreneur brought a small shop owner, played by Susan McKee, face-to-face with Robyn Burns as a homeless woman who insists on helping out in the new store.

The admission by donation festival opened Thursday and presented its final performances on Saturday.

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