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This is Nowhere

The city of Halifax is the stage. You are the main character. Guided by a phone app, you search through the city of the present, encountering aspects of the city’s past, while uncovering performances that imagine cities of the future. This is Nowhere is one of 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for…
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At This Hour – the deposition of harbour pilot Francis Mackey

On December 6, 1917, in the narrows of Halifax Harbour, the Belgian Relief vessel IMO collided with an overloaded French munitions ship, Mont-Blanc. The resulting massive explosion wreaked havoc on both sides of the harbour and left at least 2000 people dead. Within hours Ottawa ordered a full investigation. Despite chaos in the city the…
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The Archive of Missing Things

Created in partnership with Dalhousie Libraries Presented as part of Eastern Front Theatre’s Stages Festival The Archive of Missing Things is an undercover show that takes place in public libraries. Audience members, equipped with iPads, headsets and notebooks, are sleuths attempting to decode an online mystery. Clues are everywhere – but there is only 90 minutes to solve the…
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Pop-Up Love Party

What is love? Pop-Up Love Party reimagines Plato’s Symposium in its quest to define love with all its plagues and pleasures by employing aerobics, holding a kangaroo court, exposing audience passion, and pumping out an infectious pop ballad that will mend broken hearts around the world. Enriching this roller coaster ride through the depths of…
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How Small, How Far Away

It is the second week of summer 2010 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. On Monday a military translator returns home from Afghanistan to news of a family crisis. On Friday his sister will host a surprise welcome-home party. In the meantime, ordinary life happens: he revisits old haunts, catches up with his best friend, meets a…
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Tiny Vaudevilles: Two Short Plays by Anton Chekhov

For those of you who loved the vaudevillian comedy in Zuppa Theatre Co.’s Slowly I Turn: A Parlor Vaudeville In One Act – it’s back, and this time it’s Russian! This May, say “dosvedanya” to winter doldrums and “hello” to laughter as the Zuppa Theatre Co. ensemble brings their trademark theatrical style to Anton Chekhov’s…
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The Attaining Gigantick Dimensions

Created with Cleveland-based playwright Mike Geither, The Attaining Gigantick Dimensions follows a military translator as he returns to Halifax from Afghanistan to news of a family crisis. But then ordinary life happens: he revisits old haunts, catches up with family and friends, meets a schoolteacher from Texas and buys a new shirt. Framed by the…
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Uncle Oscar’s Experiment

Felicity Luckless is cursed… or so they say. Everywhere she goes, she brings death… or so they believe. Felicity is placed in the care of medical maverick Dr. Oscar Smitthison-Burke and his strange manservant Gregory. The doctor is convinced there is a cure for Felicity’s malchance energies and will not rest until it is found….
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The Debacle

Always A Bridesmaid… Since premiering in Halifax in April 2011, The Debacle was nominated for four Theatre Nova Scotia Robert Merritt Awards including Best Production; was one of only five nominees for the prestigious 2012 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award; and was awarded bronze in The Coast’s “Best of Halifax” Reader Survey….
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Five Easy Steps (to the end of the world)

It is the night of the end of the world, and three friends isolate themselves in the cluttered basement of a pawnshop. Determined to go out with a bang, they conjure an evening that is both a dance party and a painful meditation on the past, future and the ever-elusive present. “This is how we…
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Slowly I Turn

Slowly I Turn – A Parlour Vaudeville in One Act A love letter to theatre and family, Slowly I Turn alternates between contemporary conversation and vintage vaudeville sketches and songs. Starring Zuppa co-founder Ben Stone and his real-life father, much admired school teacher John Stone, Slowly I Turn was nominated for six Robert Merritt Awards and won two: Outstanding…
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Poor Boy

Pop sensation Sherman Oakes has lost his lover, experimental art rock diva Ella Savant. Wallowing in despair, he sets off on a pilgrimage to the hotel in which she died with the music of an uncompleted album rattling in his head. He is pursued by a persistent manager, determined to see his superstar return to…
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Penny Dreadful

1863. Mice are gathering under the floorboards of a wealthy Halifax estate. In the servants’ quarters, Charlie is setting traps while Adelaide, the drunken scullery maid, has delusions of sainthood. The two servants become the fascination of their employer’s wayward son, home with stories of travels in strange lands. A love triangle develops driven by…
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The Zuppa Circus Open Theatre Kitchen

A wild theatrical feast, Open Theatre Kitchen is part comedy, part creation myth, part tragedy, part cooking show. It is the story of two chefs who live alone in a kitchen in a desert.  Desperate to combat their loneliness, they cook up the recipe of recipes, the flavour of all flavours… which takes the form…
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Radium City

In a future as far away as tomorrow, a scientist is about to discover the cure for time. But before he does, his daughter will die. And before he does, an architect will build a tower high enough to cast a shadow over all of history. And before he does, a man will step through…
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Between Wonder and Amusement Uncle Oscar was Silent

This is the story of a king. This is the story of a hunchback. This is the story of a scientist, his robot boy and the unluckiest girl in the world. Three stories rooted in three different theatrical traditions. A Greek tragedy about a war waged to combat famine. A morality play about a persecuted…
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The Door in the Wall

A late night break-in to a cabinet minister’s office. A dead body in a construction shaft. A mischievous janitor with a secret. Something unbelievable behind an elusive green door… Inspired by the H.G. Wells short story, The Door in the Wall was an intimate performance in a large playing space, featuring a five part a…
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Nosferatu

Survivors of a dying city recount the story of Jonathan and Mina Harker and their fateful encounter with the brooding aristocrat Count Dracula. Inspired by the German films of the same name, Nosferatu is a meditation on love, desire and mortality. With three actors, three musicians and three ladders,Nosferatu featured the company’s first live musical…
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The Unnameable

The solo show by Zuppa teacher and inspiration Philippe Gaulier, performed by Ben Stone in drag.

Junk Zuppa

Piko the Brave is the under-appreciated servant of Marsha Slagmire, proprietor of the unsurpassed clearing house of trash: Slagmire’s Junk Emporium. Piko longs to escape the confines of the junkyard and when a space ship crash-lands one afternoon, he finds himself and his strange alien accomplice plotting a glorious escape. The Fourth Annual Street Theatre…
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Duck Zuppa

The Third Annual Zuppa Circus Street Theatre Extravaganza is a fast-paced stilt show for all ages. Fleur, the young magician, helps save Roland the Uberduck from the relentless profiteer Nigel Nettlesworth. Nigel hits the jackpot when he finds Roland’s nest and steals two of the Uberduck’s eggs. Fleur must cast a potentially hazardous spell to…
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The Sneetches

An Outdoor All-Ages Show for The Second Annual Street Theatre Extravaganza. The Sneetches was an adaptation from Dr. Suess. “There’s a star on thar!”

Endgame

A great modern play meets a newborn Halifax theatre company.

Nicholas Knock

An Outdoor All-Ages Show. This adaptation of the Dennis Lee story was The First Annual Street Theatre Extravaganza at The Summit Place Amphitheatre on Halifax’s Waterfront. Also the first appearance of the Honka Beast mask, but not the last.