Perils of Persephone

by Dan Needles
19 Aug - 12 Sep, 2020

DESCRIPTION

“Flashes of brilliance …”
From the playwright who brought us the Wingfield series and “Ed’s Garage”, comes “The Perils of Persephone”.
The Township of Persephone is threatened when a truck which may contain toxic waste crashes into the swamp on the farm of the township reeve, Eldon Currie. Understandably, he calls for help, but be careful what you wish for! A comedy about fossils, radioactive material, cows, toxic dumps, and – most importantly – damage control.
Dan Needles, Playwright:
Dan was born in Toronto and raised partly in the city and partly in the country. His mother moved the family out of the city each spring to a hobby farm near Rosemont, Ontario where he and his brothers and sisters tended to a herd of Jersey cows and worked on the neighbouring farms of the 7th Line.
Before turning his hand to writing plays, Dan worked as a journalist, speechwriter and insurance executive. He spent a lot of time exploring the world, too. After high school, Dan worked for a year milking cows and chasing sheep in the backcountry of Australia. He piled lumber in a sawmill in northern British Columbia for a summer and spent another cycling around England and France exploring battlefields, serving beer in a pub and picking agricultural crops. In the meantime he managed to pick up a degree in economics from the University of Toronto.
He found permanent employment in 1974 as editor of the Free Press & Economist, a small town weekly newspaper near the family farm in southern Ontario. There he created a column called the Letter from Wingfield Farm, which became the basis for the later stage plays.
He served as a speechwriter and legislative assistant to a cabinet minister in the Ontario government from 1976-80 at Queen’s Park in Toronto. Then he moved down the street to run the public affairs department for Canada’s oldest life insurance company, Canada Life. Since 1988, Dan and his wife Heath have made their home at Larkspur Farm in Simcoe County, within sight of Georgian Bay and the Niagara Escarpment.

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Port Stanley Festival Theatre
302 Bridge St., Port Stanley, ON N5L 1C3
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Showtimes

  • Wednesday August 19
    2pm 8pm
  • Thursday August 20
    2pm 8pm
  • Friday August 21
    8pm
  • Saturday August 22
    2pm 8pm
  • Tuesday August 25
    2pm
  • Wednesday August 26
    2pm 8pm
  • Thursday August 27
    2pm 8pm
  • Friday August 28
    8pm
  • Saturday August 29
    2pm 8pm
  • Tuesday September 1
    2pm
  • Wednesday September 2
    2pm 8pm
  • Thursday September 3
    2pm 8pm
  • Friday September 4
    8pm
  • Saturday September 5
    2pm 8pm
  • Tuesday September 8
    2pm 8pm
  • Wednesday September 9
    2pm 8pm
  • Thursday September 10
    2pm 8pm
  • Friday September 11
  • Saturday September 12
    2pm 8pm

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