Summer 2023 — The Blyth Festival is bringing James Reaney’s The Donnelly Trilogy to Blyth’s Outdoor Harvest Stage. Director Gil Garratt has adapted the three plays especially for this outdoor setting.
The three plays, Sticks and Stones, The St. Nicholas Hotel, and Handcuffs will all be performed by one single company of ten actors, who will tell the tale from the killing of Patrick Farrell, to Johannah Donnelly’s march to Goderich to save her husband from the gallows, to the Stagecoach wars, to the Queen’s Hotel, to the Vigilance Society in the Cedar Swamp Schoolhouse, to the fiery February night when justice, revenge, and murder were left indistinguishable in the ashes.
This will be the first time in decades that all three of these touchstone plays have been performed in repertory with each other, affording audiences the chance to take in the whole cycle over three nights.
Gil Garratt’s thoughts on the three plays:
“I believe 2023 is the perfect time to re-ignite the telling of the Donnelly story in Blyth. At its heart, this is a story about grit, family, betrayal, the erosion of community, the rise of secret societies, the shadow of conspiracy, and the limits of faith. The show will be filled to the brim with folk music, stagecoaches, and live fire in the night.”
The Donnelly Trilogy by James Reaney
Adapted, abridged, and directed by Artistic Director Gil Garratt
Part I: Sticks and Stones, June 22-September 1
Part II: The St. Nicholas Hotel, July 13-September 2
Part III: Handcuffs, August 1-September 3
Tickets available online or by phone: 1-877-862-5984
The Blyth Festival was founded in 1975 and
is devoted to plays about Southwestern Ontario and rural Ontario.