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Live Bait’s Women’s Arts Festival kicks off in Sackville this Friday

Elizabeth Copeland, a professional theatre artist, writer and arts educator, will present Bearing Witness: Staged Reading of a Work-in-Progress with Artist Talk to Follow as part of this weekend's Live Bait Theatre Women’s Arts Festival.
Elizabeth Copeland, a professional theatre artist, writer and arts educator, will present Bearing Witness: Staged Reading of a Work-in-Progress with Artist Talk to Follow as part of this weekend's Live Bait Theatre Women’s Arts Festival. - Submitted

Inaugural event features variety of arts-related activities for women, girls

SACKVILLE, N.B. – The Live Bait Theatre Women’s Arts Festival, running June 8 and 9 in Sackville, features a variety of arts related activities for women and girls, presented by accomplished local and regional artists and workshop leaders. One of the main components of the Festival are theatre and dance performances.

On Saturday, June 9, at 6 p.m. at Brunton Auditorium, Elizabeth Copeland will be presenting Bearing Witness: Staged Reading of a Work-in-Progress with Artist Talk to Follow. Bearing Witness asks the audience to examine deep responses to what is happening in the world with a view to developing what eco-philosopher Joanna Macy calls Active Hope.

Copeland is in the late stages of development of this play and is actively seeking community feedback. She invites area residents to join her for excerpted readings with an artist talk to follow. This event is geared to mature youth and adults. Copeland is a professional theatre artist, writer and arts educator who believes in the power of art to change lives. Her credits include touring with Second City doing improv comedy, playing the Witch in Hansel and Gretel with the Honolulu Symphony, multiple artist residencies, as well as writing and directing The Raven of Eirean Mohr as part of the 2015 Irish Festival. She is the recent recipient of the Wendall and Jean Halliday MacKay Award in Environmental Leadership for 2017-2018. Copeland is also an award-winning writer and will be taking part in the Festival’s poetry panel to be held on June 8.

The Festival also includes two performances of the touring movement/dance piece A Record of Us, presented by Solo Chicken Productions. A Record of Us was created using the text of celebrated New Brunswick author David Adams Richards as the catalyst, resulting in a physical theatre performance that evokes the raw beauty, enduring humour, and hardscrabble realities of life in New Brunswick. The piece celebrates the work of a new generation of NB artists who are now making a resounding impact in their field. Performances of A Record of Us will be held on Friday, June 8, and Saturday, June 9, at 8 p.m. at Brunton Auditorium. Tickets are available at Tidewater Books or at www.livebaittheatre.com (please note, it is suggested for ages 14+).

For more information, visit the Live Bait website listed above or phone 506-536-2248.

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