This year’s Stages Theatre Festival features seven mainstage shows plus a reading series and workshops.
This year’s Stages Theatre Festival features seven mainstage shows plus a reading series and workshops.

The annual Stages Theatre Festival returns later this month, with two-weeks of shows at different stages of development, from artists at different stages in their careers.

Taking place at the Scotiabank Stage in downtown Halifax from May 28 through June 8, this year’s festival features seven mainstage shows plus a reading series and workshops.

Among this year’s shows, Kick at the Dark Theatre Co-operative will present the premiere of creative non-fiction writer Julie Vandervoort’s new play, Scoop.

Playwright Julie Vandervoort will also star in her new play Scoop at this year's Stages Theatre Festival.
Playwright Julie Vandervoort will also star in her new play Scoop at this year’s Stages Theatre Festival.

Based on Vandervoort’s lived experience post-mastectomy, Scoop tells the story of Jay whose tumour necessitates a transformative surgery that leaves her with one breast and one “scoop”.

As she struggles with how to be one-breasted in a city where she never sees herself, she is reminded by the spirit of poet-activist Audre Lorde that “how to look the same is not the question some of us have.”

Scoop is uniquely powerful piece of theatre,” says director Andrew Chandler in a media release. “It’s raw, it’s true, and it’s both powerfully moving, and really funny. By sharing her story, Julie is shining a light on an experience shared by thousands of women across Canada that has thus far largely been unheard. We’re delighted to help her bring this inspiring story to the stage.”

Playwright Julie Vandervoort is an award-winning author of two books, a speaker and a singer. As a legal worker, she is active in human rights and labour law.

Halifax-based theatre company Kick at the Dark Theatre Co-operative presents theatre with a social conscience, and a commitment to supporting local artists. Their first production, The Story of a Sinking Man by Morris Panych won the 2016 Merritt Award for outstanding production by a new or emerging company.

Scoop plays as part of the 2019 Stages Theatre Festival. Visit easternfronttheatre.com for tickets and information.