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Lucien will keep ‘em rollin’ in the aisles!

by on March 22, 2011

On Saturday, April 2 at 8pm, Lucien the opinionated North Shore mill-worker, and New Brunswick’s blue-collar philosopher, is returning to The Fredericton Playhouse with his latest installment Lucien:  Helter Smelter. Lucien’s character was created by New Brunswick theatre artist Marshall Button in 1984, and has been dazzling audiences ever since. In this episode, Lucien was last seen as a Florida tourist, and is now returning to his North Shore roots where we find him smelt fishing in a colony of shanties on the Bay de Chaleur, still expounding on world issues, national crises, love, sex, and politics. He’s forced to ponder even bigger issues when global warming cuts his frozen shanty town loose and turns it into a floating state; separating from the rest of Canada, and heading towards Québec, infinity and beyond!

Marshall Button is much more than Lucien. In addition to being a theatre artist, he works in film, television, and with the business community helping to make everyday events come to life in an energetic and always entertaining fashion. Most recently, Fredericton audiences may remember Button’s rousing portrayal of Biencourt in Norm Foster’s LaTour presented by Theatre New Brunswick in 2009.

Marshall is also a much sought-after master of ceremonies whose appearances include the annual convocation for the New Brunswick Association of Chartered Accountants, the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, The Business Hall of Fame, dinners featuring the Canadian Prime Minister, The Bobby Orr Tournament in Support of Breast Cancer Research, the NB PGI (Peter Gzowski Invitational), and moderator of federal leadership debates, to name but a few.

Patrons are invited to join Marshall after the show on April 2 for the next installment of our In Conversation Series post-show talks at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.  Hosted by Christine McLean, Journalism and Communications faculty member at St. Thomas University, this forum gives fans the opportunity to talk with Marshall and meet the man behind New Brunswick’s blue-collar philosopher. Tickets for the post-show talk, available through the Fredericton Playhouse box office in limited number, are complimentary and include a free glass of wine.

Tickets for Lucien: Helter Smelter are available at the Fredericton Playhouse box office 1-866-884-5800, or online at www.theplayhouse.ca.

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