On a First Name Basis (2016)

Foster's On A First Name Basis opened The Foster Festival's inaugural 2016 Summer Season, receiving high praise from both critics and audiences alike.

- Starring Norm Foster and Patricia Vanstone

Show Sponsor

Bridgman & Durksen Sponsor Foster Festival


as David Kilbride

as Lucy Hopperstaad


Peter Hartwell, Set Designer
Mikael Kangas, Lighting Designer


Carolyn MacKenzie, Stage Manager
Linda Duong, Apprentice Stage Manager
Brian Cumberland, Production Manager

About The Show

On A First Name Basis, Past Seasons, Foster Festival

Norm Foster's On A First Name Basis tells the story of a very successful, but cantankerous, novelist who suddenly discovers that he knows nothing about his maid of 28 years. She, on the other hand, knows absolutely everything about him! He makes it his mission to learn all he can about her in a most engaging conversation. With revelations that are surprising, funny, and extremely moving, this is a love story, a social commentary and a mystery wrapped in witty dialogue and vivid imagery.

  • Peter Hartwell's beautiful set last summer for our first show, On a First Name Basis, had our audiences enthralled. How he integrated design elements of Cairns Hall into the set brought an intimacy to the show and showcased the incredible beauty of our performance space. I can't wait to work with him again for our second season!
    - Patricia Vanstone, Artistic Director

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