Feature Reporter Mike Randall from 7 Eyewitness News in Buffalo stopped by The Foster Festival in the heart of Niagara to chat about our upcoming Second Summer Season of celebrating Canada's most popular Playwright, Norm Foster.
Celebrating Canadian Playwright Norm Foster
The Second Annual Foster Festival in St. Catharines, Ontario is a celebration of playwright Norm Foster who has been called a "playwrighting machine". That may be because Norm Foster has had more than fifty plays produced. He says "I started late, I didn't start writing until I was thirty-two, I figured I should work hard to catch up."
Emily Oriold saw one of Norm's early plays "Melville Boys" and it inspired her to create a festival that would celebrate the author's work saying "I instantly became a Foster fan, you laugh, you cry, you're completely moved through the whole thing."
Patricia Vanstone, Foster Festival Artistic Director says the event is "humor with a heart". The festival kicks off June 21st with the World Premiere of Screwball Comedy, one of Norm's latest pieces. He tries to write two plays a year "I keep getting ideas and I have to write them down, I can't help myself."