Home Theatre Productions’ inaugural show, [title of show] (music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and book by Hunter Bell) took place at Mainline Theatre September 12-15. With two out of four performances sold out, and positive audience feedback, it was a great start to Home Theatre’s journey!
Check out our great review from Montreal Theatre Hub here!
Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers, hear about a new musical theatre festival. However, the deadline for submissions is a mere three weeks away. With nothing to lose, the pair decides to try to create something new with the help of their friends Susan, Heidi and Larry on the eighty-eights.
With the cast in place, Jeff and Hunter begin a conversation about what to write about. Eventually, Jeff suggests they write about what to write about. They make a pact to write up until the festival’s deadline and dream about the show changing their lives.
[title of show] —taken from the space on the festival’s application form which asks for the [title of show]— follows Hunter and Jeff and their friends on their journey through the gauntlet of creative self-expression. In the span of 90 minutes they write and perform their show at the festival and learn lessons about themselves as people, friends and artists.
[title of show] is, above all, a love letter to the musical theatre – a uniquely American art form – and to the joy of collaboration. The musical received a Tony Award® nomination for Best Book of a Musical in 2009.
Photo Credit: Brock Jenken Photography
Late Night Double Feature
Coming soon to a theatre near you! Taking inspiration from B movies and midnight movies, the night will featured two one-act plays – Jason Sharp: Confirmed Bachelor and Splatterpunks – framed by the story of a young couple going to a midnight movie on their first date. The night was designed to recreate the experience of going to a pulpy, late-night double feature picture show.
The Date: Young Love
Written by Victoria Stevens
Two young women are on their first date, having decided to go to a late-night movie screening. Despite their very different interests, they are able to find common ground through their shared love for stories and their shared fascination with each other. A mysterious scientist observes them from behind the scenes, analyzing what it is that characterizes the “young love” of a typical teenage romance.
Feature 1 : Jason Sharp: Confirmed Bachelor
Written by Steven Greenwood
Jason Sharp is a gay detective working in Montreal in the 1950s: he balances his detective work with his navigation of queer life in pre-Stonewall North American culture. When Sally Storm, a high-powered PR agent, comes into his office asking him to help her with a high-profile murder case, Jason is plunged into a world of wealthy widows, mansions, and a mysterious man he calls “Mr. Chiseled.”
Feature 2: Splatterpunks
Written by Lucas Amato
Wilbur has been working in the slasher ‘biz for years, starring in a long franchise of beloved horror flicks. Dana is a successful musician who is new to the world of terror, trying to show versatility by establishing herself as an actress. When they meet on the set of Wilbur’s new flick, tensions between their two worlds have horrifying consequences. The secret lives of slashers comes to the forefront in this meta-examination of horrors Hollywood and the real reasons why we love to be terrified.
Directors: Steven Greenwood and Victoria Stevens
Producer: Cheyenne Cranston
Stage Manager: Mary Looney
Assistant Stage Manager: Hazel Neil
Young Love Written By: Victoria Stevens
Splatterpunks Written By: Lucas Amato
Jason Sharp: Confirmed Bachelor Written By: Steven Greenwood