Western Edge Theatre opens 2015-16 season with suspenseful “Making Tracks”

Nanaimo’s Western Edge Theatre opens its 2015-16 season on Sept. 25th with the premiere of a new play that begins on lovely (if rainy) Vancouver Island, but soon plunges into the Yukon woods, with results that are chilling in more ways than one.

Making TracksIn Mary Fraughton’s “Making Tracks,” a young woman travels with her boyfriend from Vancouver Island to her childhood home deep in the Yukon woods. It is winter, an accident occurs, and Nina finds herself suddenly alone with the ghosts of her family – who, as the hours pass, become all too real.

A combination suspense drama and absorbing mystery, “Making Tracks” is the centrepiece of the company’s fifth New Waves Festival, a celebration of new writing for theatre. Mary Fraughton is a graduate of Vancouver Island University’s creative writing program, where the play was developed over a number of years. Fraughton herself now divides her time between Vancouver Island and the Yukon, where she lives and writes for much of the year in a remote cabin.

“Producing new plays is at the heart of what Western Edge does,” says artistic producer Frank Moher. “We were founded to present contemporary and cutting-edge theatre, and there’s nothing more cutting-edge than a play that is being brought to the stage for the first time.”

Combining video with live action, the Western Edge production features Whitley Dunn, Neil Gallagher, Aaron Hamilton, Lorna McLellan and Carly Neigum. It is directed by long-time company member Nicole Busby, with design and video production by Tim Johnson. The stage manager is Sydney Howlett.

“Making Tracks” plays for five performances only, Sept. 25, 26, and Oct. 2, 3 at 7:30 pm with a matinee on Oct. 4 at 2 pm, at Harbour City Theatre (25 Victoria Rd., Nanaimo). Tickets cost $22 for Adults, $18 for Seniors (65+) and $12 for Students, available online at westernedge.org, by phone at 250-816-6459, and at Catwalk Fashions (13 Commercial St., Nanaimo).

Subscribers to the Western Edge Theatre 2015-16 season save 15{f54c2f427fa51bbda8ef3b464f5af76a43a035151a02d94a2c4b5d8911a8e060} over the cost of individual tickets. Subscriptions begin at just $30 for all three plays, and are available online at westernedge.org or by phone at 250-816-6459.

The season sponsor is Romper Room Indoor Rock Climbing Centre. Western Edge’s 2015-16 season is also made possible by financial support from the City of Nanaimo and the Province of British Columbia.

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