CFRC 101.9 FM and the local theatre collective the Cellar Door Project are coming together to bring Kingstonians the first ever Shortwave Theatre Festival. The festival will run from November 1st to the 7th and will be broadcast on CFRC’s airwaves in order to bring the performance to audiences in a safe and engaging way.
“Shortwave Theatre Festival features six original plays written, performed, directed and produced by emergent and seasoned artists with Kingston connections in addition to presentations from our partners at the Thousand Islands Playhouse and Blue Canoe Theatre Productions,” says Dinah Jansen, CFRC Station Manager and Shortwave Executive Producer.
The festival has been supported by several community partners, including the City of Kingston Arts Fund, the Ontario Arts Council, the Dan School of Drama and Music, and the Robert H. Black Fund.
Talk to Me will be headlining the festival on November 6th, which is an “original lo-fi radio play that explores intimacy, liveliness, exposure and consent through broadcast.” It is a fully translated ASL interpretation that will be simulcasted through CFRC’s airways and Cellar Door’s social media page.
“We have always been passionate about activating the independent theatre scene in Kingston and this partnership was a brilliant opportunity to support local artists during the COVID-19 pandemic while providing free programming to Kingston, Queen’s and beyond. We’re especially excited about Cellar Door Project’s remount of Talk to Me accompanied by an ASL-translated production,” says Mariah Horner, artistic producer of Cellar Door project, and Shortwave Festival Director.
CFRC will broadcast six original performances locally on 101.9 FM, Cogeco Cable 282, and via stream at CFRC.ca. Cellar Door Project will also host virtual listening parties through their social media for a fun interactive experience each night.
For more information and the complete Festival schedule, visit https://www.shortwavetheatre.com/