Aldergrove actor Nathan Murphy will be debuting his acting career on the TWU stage as an ex-con in in the play

Vegans, spies, and Mounties make for a fun-filled play festival

Aldergrove actor Nathan Murphy will be debuting his acting career on the TWU stage as an ex-con in in the play, The Wooden Pear

New Generations, a popular one-week festival featuring new plays and emerging directors, returns to the TWU stage in the first week of February.

This year’s lineup runs the gamut from quirky rom-com to hard-hitting human drama.

Chasing Tina, written and directed by graduating BFA students, is an offbeat romantic comedy poking fun at everything from trendy diets to the modern dating scene. It should be love-at-first-smoothie for an idealistic philosophy student and the cynical barista who’s his perfect opposite… and with any luck, the customer is always right.

In The Wooden Pear, by award-winning playwright Gillian Plowman, a troubled man fresh out of prison comes face-to-face with the victim of his crime. As they struggle to move on from the incident that changed the course of their lives, their emotionally charged encounter becomes a journey to redemption for them both.

The Longest Way Home, by BFA Acting graduate Audrey Herold, is an adventurous take on the will-they-won’t-they love story set in the far reaches of Saskatchewan. A group of hot-shot American spies get way more than they bargained for in the Great White North. While they try to ignore the unrequited love issues in the team, a mischievous alliance of Rogue Mounties gives them a run for their money. This is Canadian culture at its funniest.

Students from all corners of the campus, some making their stage debut, perform all three plays back-to-back in one fast-paced evening.  Don’t miss the explosion of talent at New Generations, presented by TWU’s School of the Arts, Media + Culture (SAMC) from Feb. 2 – 6.

The plays run Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.  For tickets and information, visit www.twu.ca/theatre or call 604-513-2121 extension 3872. For sponsorship and advertising opportunities, email Diana.Squires@twu.ca.