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Jake’s Gift commemorates Second World War with poignancy and surprising humour

by on March 30, 2017

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On Tuesday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m., the Fredericton Playhouse Spotlight Series will present award-winning Canadian play Jake’s Gift.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017, Jake’s Gift has been performed in over 200 communities across Canada and overseas, including a much-lauded performance at the Playhouse in 2009.

This powerful one-person performance by playwright Julia Mackey follows a Second World War veteran who reluctantly returns to Normandy, France to commemorate the D-Day landings. There, he meets a young girl who challenges him to confront long-ignored ghosts – most notably, the wartime death of his elder brother.

Full of poignancy and surprising humour, at its heart, Jake’s Gift is a story about the legacy of remembrance. This touching performance personalizes the story behind one soldier’s grave.

Following the performance, the Playhouse is pleased to present a free Experience More! Conversation with Julia Mackey. Moderated by journalist Christine McLean, this event will allow the audience to learn more about the artist’s background, while also highlighting her interpretation and development of the artistic process and exploring her motivation to create.

Jake’s Gift is a Pay What You Will show, a pricing idea introduced last season, offered on select Playhouse performances. This initiative was introduced with a goal of increasing access to Playhouse programs, and encouraging patrons to take a chance on new and exciting performances. For more information about how Pay What You Will works, please click here.

Tickets for Jake’s Gift are available through the Fredericton Playhouse box office by calling 458-8344.

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