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Theatre Jacksonville International Theatre Festival

Start the new year right by celebrating performing arts from beyond our borders at Theatre Jacksonville’s International Theatre Festival. The theatre plays host to three north Florida premiers in one weekend as part of our Guerilla Series. It’s a weekend of minimalistic, progressive live theatre in a festival setting that will engage, challenge and inspire you.

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CanadaOn a First Name Basis
By Norm Foster | Starring Patricia Vanstone and Norm Foster

It's the heartwarming story of a very successful novelist and his maid of 28 years. The novelist suddenly discovers that he knows nothing about this maid and she knows everything about him. So, one evening he makes it his mission to learn all he can about her by engaging her in a real conversation…for the first time since he hired her. The revelations that come to light as a result of this conversation are at once surprising, funny, and moving.

"A love story, a social commentary and a mystery wrapped in witty dialogue and vivid imagery, On a First Name Basis is a must-see."
– The Royal Gazette, Bermuda

Norm Foster has been the most produced playwright in Canada every year for the past twenty years. His plays receive an average of one hundred and fifty productions annually making him, by far, the most produced playwright in the history of his country.

Patricia Vanstone has performed in and directed many new works over the past 30 years at theatres across Canada. She is the recipient of a DORA Award (Canada's Tony) for her production of Beo's Bedroom and was nominated for her performance in the "Bop Musical" Girls in the Gang (Blyth Festival, Factory Theatre and The National Arts Centre). Most recently, she has directed and produced A Woman of Independent Means, starring Susan Clark in Toronto, Jacksonville, FL (Theatre Jacksonville) and Tucson, AZ.

Friday, January 18, 2013 @ 8 pm
Saturday, January 19, 2013 @ 8 pm
Sunday, January 20, 2013 @ 2 pm

General Public: Tickets $20 for individual shows or attend both for $30
Theatre Jacksonville Subscribers: Tickets $15 for individual shows or attend both for $20.
For ticket information call the box office at 904.396.4425.

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CanadaThe Bad Arm - Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer
Directed by Dan O'Connor | Written by and starring Máire Clerkin

This laugh-till-you-cry show arrives on the Theatre Jacksonville stage following critically acclaimed performances in Hollywood, Santa Monica, Chicago, Dublin and New York.Máire Clerkin jumps in and out of hornpipe shoes in a provocative account of being English in Ireland, Irish in England and a pink-haired punk in a grey city. Pungent vintage photos of not-so-swinging London illustrate a bitter-comic personal history as the disappointing daughter of an Irish Dancing teacher in '70s England. Amid astounding bursts of rhythm and physical theatre, this ugly-duckling-never-quite-swan recounts her experiences of sex and pubs and rock and roll like only a convent-educated girl can. A scowling London-Irish misfit who should know better, in an outrageous antidote to Riverdance!

"Her wit and self-deprecating humor are both hysterical and heartfelt ... Directed by
Dan O'Connor, the simple staging with the mixture of dancing, projected photos and music wonderfully aids Clerkin's flawless and magnetic stage presence. Funny, unique – definitely a must see."

– Ashley Steed, LA Theatre Review

Máire Clerkin grew up in North London with her parents and four siblings. Her mother, Sheila, taught Irish Dancing. All the kids learned to do it, but Máire didn't know when to stop. Her father, Frank Clerkin, comes from County Monaghan, Ireland, where Máire spent many a happy summer holiday with dozens of cousins. Despite these solid beginnings, Máire went astray: she studied the Performing Arts and ever since, has used her theatre training to resist getting a proper job. Her one-woman comedy The Bad Arm - Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer was LA Weekly's Theater Pick and was the featured opening presentation at 2008 LA Irish Film Festival. Since then, Máire has toured her show to wide acclaim.

Saturday, January 19, 2013 @ 4 pm
Sunday, January 20, 2013 @ 5:30 pm

General Public: Tickets $20 for individual shows or attend both for $30
Theatre Jacksonville Subscribers: Tickets $15 for individual shows or attend both for $20.
For ticket information call the box office at 904.396.4425.

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CanadaTsunami Tales
Conceived by Linda Purl

Tales of life and humanity following nature's wrath.

A talented cast of local actors from the First Coast brings to life this compilation of emails, letters, broadcasts and other eye witness accounts of the devastating tsunami that hit the coast of Japan in 2011.

Linda Purl - Born in Connecticut, Linda grew up in Japan, becoming the only foreigner to have trained at the Toho Geino Academy. She is well known for her extensive work in film, television and on stage, including a 2008 guest star appearance in Theatre Jacksonville's Happily Red Benefit Concert. Her intimate knowledge of Japanese culture has informed her compilation of these stories surrounding one of the now many recent natural catastrophes that have changed our world. Linda is also the founder of the California International Theatre Festival and continues to enjoy a very busy performance schedule.

Saturday, January 19, 2013 @ 2 pm

Red Cross


A Benefit for The American Red Cross and its continuing efforts to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy. Admission is FREE. Donations are encouraged and will be accepted at the performance.

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Theatre Jacksonville programs are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council,
the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Jacksonville, and the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Inc.