The Writer | World Premiere

Join us for the world premiere of Norm Foster's 60th play, The Writer!

The Writer, Current Season, Norm Foster Comedy Theatre

Show Dates

June 19 - July 5, 2019

Total Show Time: 2 hours



FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
Recital Hall

250 St. Paul St East, St. Catharines, ON

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Guy Bannerman, Donald Wellner | Bio »
Jamie Williams, Blake Wellner | Bio »


Patricia Vanstone, Director | Bio »
Peter Hartwell, Set & Costume Designer
Chris Malkowski, Lighting Designer

Production Team

David Costello, Production Manager
Carolyn Mackenzie, Stage Manager
Melanie Coomber, Apprentice Stage Manager
Ryan Mahon, Head Carpenter
Kassidy Noble, Properties Coordinator & Scenic Painter
James McCoy, Wardrobe Coordinator
Aaron Millward, Theatre Craftsperson

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by Norm Foster - World Premiere!

The first of two world premieres in our 2019 season and Norm Foster's 60th play, The Writer tells the story of Donald Wellner a renowned playwright and his son Blake - a travel writer with commitment issues. Full of Foster's trademark Humour with Heart, The Writer explores this delightfully complex bond between Father and Son with touching clarity and a surprise ending that will leave you breathless!

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Artist Talk Back Dates | Fore & Aft Lounge

Join us in our Fore & Aft Lounge and meet our artists! Pre-order Wine & Cheese Boards and relax in our lounge while participating in pre- and post-show talk backs with our actors.

2019 Talk Back Dates and Times

  • Wednesday, June 19 » 2pm performance – Post-Show Talk Back
  • Sunday, June 23 » 2pm performance – Pre-Show Talk Back (1:15-1:45pm)
  • Thursday, June 27 » 2pm performance – Post-Show Talk Back
  • Friday, June 28 » 8pm performance – Adult Drama Club, Post-Show
  • Tuesday, July 2 » 2pm performance – Post-Show Talk Back
  • Thursday, July 4 » 2pm performance – Post-Show Talk Back

  • I'm excited about the two brand new plays I am working on for the new 2019 season. They are as different as night and day and yet I believe they will both still touch the funny bone and the heart of our audience.
    - Norm Foster, Playwright



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