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Lullaby: Inside The Halifax Explosion | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic | Thursday, 23. November 2017

Eastern Front Theatre presents

The World Premiere of

Lullaby: Inside The Halifax Explosion
by Karen Bassett

November 23 - December 10, 2017
The Maritime Museum of The Atlantic

BOX OFFICE

902 422 6278
(In Person: 2309 Maynard St - 9am-5pm)

Tickets: $25 (adult)
$18 (student, artist rate)
Plus box office fees and hst

Lullaby is made possible with the invaluable support of our Presenting Sponsor:

WILSONS HOME HEATING & WILSONS SECURITY

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Week One
Nov 22nd - 7.30pm - Preview
Nov 23rd - 7.30pm - OPENING
Nov 24th - 7.30pm
Nov 25th - 7.30pm
Nov 26th - 2pm

Week Two
Nov 28th - 10am - student matinee
- 1pm - student matinee
Nov 29th - 10am - student matinee
Nov 30th - 7.30pm
Dec 1st - 7.30pm
Dec 2nd - 2pm
- 7.30pm
Dec 3rd - 2pm

Week Three
Dec 5th - 10am - student matinee
Dec 6th - 10am - student matinee
- 7.30pm - Special Commemorative Evening
Dec 7th - 7.30pm
Dec 8th - 7.30pm
Dec 9th - 2pm
- 7.30pm
Dec 10th - 2pm

Some background

Lullaby: Inside The Halifax Explosion is a dramatic, educational and emotive experience that explores little-told stories of the events of Dec 6, 2017.

It is a day that has become synonymous with tales of heroism, survival and of how a community fought against the disaster and the elements. It is a tale of how Canadians emerged from under terrible conditions to help each other.

It is exactly one hundred years after the two ships collided, causing a gigantic and devastating explosion. The story has been told many, many times from a variety of angles.

The play has three diverse characters meeting moments after the explosion and follows them as they comes to terms with, not only the situation they find themselves in, but who they are stranded with.

As the characters share their stories, experiences and history, we the audience experience the tribute to the diverse communities and cultures in Nova Scotia.

Lullaby: Inside The Halifax Explosion is a theatrical event.

It’s a story of survival and growth, of destruction and hope. But, this story is not born of fiction: it happened. It’s historical fact.

This is an important celebration of the diversity and cultural fabric of the country.

Lullaby: Inside The Halifax Explosion will become the major theatrical commemoration of this event.



Touring NS & The HRM Performances

Lullaby: Inside The Halifax Explosion is not just performing in HRM this Fall.

Eastern Front has partnered with the Neptune Theatre School to have the play performed in high schools across Nova Scotia for four weeks (Sept/Oct), performing FORTY times and reaching at least 12,000 students.

The play will then tour to 10 regional theatres over a two week period, playing at least one performance in each, prior to returning to Halifax for the final leg of the production.

Lullaby: Inside The Halifax Explosion will then be presented from November 23rd to December 10th, 2017 at the Maritime Museum of The Atlantic. We are turning their main gallery into a 120-seater theatre for the three weeks.

A comprehensive Study Guide is being created. With such an outreach into the broader Nova Scotia community throughout the year and with the project being so visible in a renowned museum location, we are producing an engaging souvenir booklet.


Introducing The Cast & Director

LISA NASSON as ‘Genevieve’

Lisa is an actor and singer based in Toronto. She studied acting and performance studies at Neptune Theatre’s theatre program in Halifax, Nova Scotia, as well as at George Brown College in Toronto. Various theatre credits include: Offensive Fouls and Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery (Neptune Theatre Young Company Tour), Fatty Legs (Xara Choral Theatre), In Care and Aluasa’sit(Native Earth Performing Arts’ Weesageecheck Festival), and Spirit Horse (Roseneath Theatre), and Munschtime! (Young People's Theatre). Lisa has also written solo pieces of theatre such as KALE, which she performed in Halifax's SOLOICIOUS Festival. Lisa has most recently started performing stand-up comedy in Toronto.

TROY ADAMS as ‘Edward’

I am beyond excited to be a part of Lullaby—Inside the Halifax Explosion.
“Lullaby” feels personal to me for many reasons, but largely because it gives voice to two communities that were greatly affected by the Halifax Explosion, but with little to no focus in previous depictions.
I grew up in North-End Halifax, in the housing project known as Mulgrave Park. The community was built to house the families that were dislocated after their land and homes, in Africville, were destroyed by the city of Halifax.
In the traditional African and Mi’kmaq way, stories of my people were passed down orally. As a Black, and Mi’kmaq Nova Scotian, my childhood was filled with stories about Africville and Turtle Grove. These stories continue to make me thirsty for knowledge regarding my Ancestors.
Add to that, that this year marks the 100th anniversary of this tragic part of Nova Scotian history, there was no question in my mind that I had to be involved. So when Eastern Front Theatre approached me about this project, my answer was obvious.
Now. Last year, you may have seen me being an *** in Neptune Theatre’s production of Shrek the Musical (I played Donkey.) Other recent credits include Angels in America (Belise) Soulpepper Theatre, The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God (Featured vocalist) Centaur Theatre / National Arts Center, The Manhattan Concert Series (Featured vocalist ) Soulpepper Theare.



MAURALEA AUSTIN as ‘Greer’

A professional actor for over 30 years and two-time Merritt award winner, Mauralea has worked with Neptune Theatre, Mulgrave Road Theatre, Festival Antigonish, Live Bait, Angels and Heroes and on a number of Fringe productions. She is a co-founder of LunaSea Theatre, appearing in “Estate”, “Top Girls”, “Woman and Scarecrow”, “To Capture Light”, “Talking Heads”, “Girl in a Goldfish Bowl”, “Perfect Pie” and taking on the directing helm of “The Monument”. She’s an acting teacher and coach and keeps it all in balance as a Yoga instructor and practitioner. It’s a pleasure to work with Eastern Front Theatre and a wonderful team to bring to life this vibrant piece of Nova Scotian history. And a special thanks to my wee grand-daughters, Larkin, Kestrel and Sage who teach me the joys of belly-flopping and stone gathering.


Koumbie – Director

Koumbie is an actor, writer, and director based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In front of the camera she has appeared in a number of local productions with reoccurring roles on shows including YTV's Aquateam, CBC's Mr. D, and season 3 of Outtv's *** & Violence. Since going behind the camera, Koumbie has directed a number of short films, including the award-winning Hustle & Heart, a 1k wave feature, Ariyah & Tristan's Inevitable Break-Up, and an episode ofStudio Black S2 which will air on CBC in 2017.
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  • We have realized that there are TWO 'events' for the halifax run.. Not sure how that happened, so we are cancelling this one. BUT, be aware, the play is NOT cancelled and runs in Halifax Nov 23 - Dec 10, 2017. Thanks.
  • We are thrilled to announce the cast and director of o next play, LULLABY: Inside The Halifax Explosion by Karen Bassett (News on the wonderful design & production team soon.) LULLABY: Inside The Halifax Explosion By Karen Bassett 2017-18 Season Introducing The Cast & Director LISA NASSON as ‘Genevieve’ Lisa is an actor and singer based in Toronto. She studied acting and performance studies at Neptune Theatre’s theatre program in Halifax, Nova Scotia, as well as at George Brown College in Toronto. Various theatre credits include: Offensive Fouls and Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery (Neptune Theatre Young Company Tour), Fatty Legs (Xara Choral Theatre), In Care and Aluasa’sit(Native Earth Performing Arts’ Weesageecheck Festival), and Spirit Horse (Roseneath Theatre), and Munschtime! (Young People's Theatre). Lisa has also written solo pieces of theatre such as KALE, which she performed in Halifax's SOLOICIOUS Festival. Lisa has most recently started performing stand-up comedy in Toronto. TROY ADAMS as ‘Edward’ I am beyond excited to be a part of Lullaby—Inside the Halifax Explosion. “Lullaby” feels personal to me for many reasons, but largely because it gives voice to two communities that were greatly affected by the Halifax Explosion, but with little to no focus in previous depictions. I grew up in North-End Halifax, in the housing project known as Mulgrave Park. The community was built to house the families that were dislocated after their land and homes, in Africville, were destroyed by the city of Halifax. In the traditional African and Mi’kmaq way, stories of my people were passed down orally. As a Black, and Mi’kmaq Nova Scotian, my childhood was filled with stories about Africville and Turtle Grove. These stories continue to make me thirsty for knowledge regarding my Ancestors. Add to that, that this year marks the 100th anniversary of this tragic part of Nova Scotian history, there was no question in my mind that I had to be involved. So when Eastern Front Theatre approached me about this project, my answer was obvious. Now. Last year, you may have seen me being an *** in Neptune Theatre’s production of Shrek the Musical (I played Donkey.) Other recent credits include Angels in America (Belise) Soulpepper Theatre, The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God (Featured vocalist) Centaur Theatre / National Arts Center, The Manhattan Concert Series (Featured vocalist ) Soulpepper Theare. MAURALEA AUSTIN as ‘Greer’ A professional actor for over 30 years and two-time Merritt award winner, Mauralea has worked with Neptune Theatre, Mulgrave Road Theatre, Festival Antigonish, Live Bait, Angels and Heroes and on a number of Fringe productions. She is a co-founder of LunaSea Theatre, appearing in “Estate”, “Top Girls”, “Woman and Scarecrow”, “To Capture Light”, “Talking Heads”, “Girl in a Goldfish Bowl”, “Perfect Pie” and taking on the directing helm of “The Monument”. She’s an acting teacher and coach and keeps it all in balance as a Yoga instructor and practitioner. It’s a pleasure to work with Eastern Front Theatre and a wonderful team to bring to life this vibrant piece of Nova Scotian history. And a special thanks to my wee grand-daughters, Larkin, Kestrel and Sage who teach me the joys of belly-flopping and stone gathering. Koumbie – Director Koumbie is an actor, writer, and director based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In front of the camera she has appeared in a number of local productions with reoccurring roles on shows including YTV's Aquateam, CBC's Mr. D, and season 3 of Outtv's *** & Violence. Since going behind the camera, Koumbie has directed a number of short films, including the award-winning Hustle & Heart, a 1k wave feature, Ariyah & Tristan's Inevitable Break-Up, and an episode ofStudio Black S2 which will air on CBC in 2017.
  • Lullaby is part of our 25th season!