THE NARROW PATH
Campbell & Company Returns
2016 PotashCorp Saskatoon Fringe Theatre Festival
- playwright: Donald B. Campbell (10 Fringe shows in Saskatoon and/or Edmonton 1982-2003)
- director: David Creelman
- cast: Damien Bartlett, Mitchell Larsen
- 60 minutes, Drama and Comedy, Mature Audiences Only
- chosen for Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre’s Spring Festival of New Plays competition 2015
VENUE: the Refinery (609 Dufferin Ave.)
Fri. July 29, 6:00-7:00 PM
Sat., July 30, 3:00-4:00 PM
Sun., July 31, 7:30-8:30 PM
Mon., Aug. 1, 9:00-10:00 PM
Tues., Aug. 2, 6:00-7:00 PM
Fri., Aug. 5, 7:30-8:30 PM
Sat., Aug. 6, 9:00-10:00 PM
TICKETS ($15): Available at 25thstreettheatre.org (until 9:00 PM the day before each performance), at the Fringe Office ( 3:00 – 9:00 PM during the festival – Victoria School, 639 Broadway Ave.), by phone at 306-664-2239, or at the venue beginning one hour before the performance.
Robert is a closeted, conservative pastor who struggles with his faith and sexuality. Past and present mix as someone forces Robert to make a decision. “The Narrow Path” is about the things that matter in life, being true to yourself, and opening the doors to possibility. Like its portrayal of God, the play combines drama and comedy.
THE PLAYWRIGHT Donald B. Campbell, a graduate of the Drama and English Departments at the University of Saskatchewan, was a member of Twenty-Fifth Street Theatre’s former Playwrights Unit. His work has also been chosen in festival competitions by the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre (three times), Regina’s Globe Theatre (twice), Saskatoon’s Short Cuts, and North Battleford’s On the River’s Edge. He was part of the first Fringe Theatre Festival in North America (Edmonton, 1982) and the first full one in Saskatoon (1990). One of his comic monologues is included in 2000% Cracked Wheat, an anthology of prairies humour published my Coteau Books.
Damien Bartlett , a graduate of the U. of S. Drama Department, has lived and traveled across Canada. A disciple of One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre’s “Wild Theatre” style, he is an actor of stage, film, performance art and burlesque. When he is not collaborating and creating more performance pieces for stage and film, he is a stage manager helping organize dance companies in Saskatoon, as well as being a local host for the ‘Live Your Legend’ global community. (NOTE: Donald B. Campbell and David Creelman were fortunate to work with Damien in their Saskatoon Fringe Festival production of Campbell’s “Fishing Buddies” and “Dancing Backwards” in 2003.) Mitchell Kent Larsen is a multidisciplinary performance artist based in Saskatoon. He trained in theatre arts at Grant MacEwan University and in clown under master teacher Jan Henderson. Earlier this year he performed at the Refinery in “It’s Complicated: A Stephen Sondheim Cabaret”. He is currently working with Free Flow Dance Theatre as a company dancer. He is also a collaborating member of Contradictions Collective. Mitchell is the son of a former pastor.
David Creelman is from Saskatoon but has a Drama degree from Minot State University. This will be his fourth Fringe Festival production as director, with an additional twenty community theatre productions in his resume. The theme of “The Narrow Path” is in his wheelhouse because he earned a Master’s of Theological Studies degree from St. Andrew’s College in Saskatoon.
THE COMPANY (Campbell & Company Returns)
I first used “Campbell and Company” for a 1999 Saskatoon Fringe show, a mockumentary titled “Campbell & Company Comedy Hour”. It included three people with the last name Campbell. I kept “Campbell” in the company name to help people find out that I’m in the Fringe again (for the first time since 2003). – Donald B. Campbell