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Trudeau to launch Hudson Village Theatre's 2018 summer season in May Spotlight on funny topic of


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Hudson Village Theatre’s new Artistic Director, Andrea Romaldi, is promising lots of humour and humanity in her line-up for her first summer season running May through August.

The first snowstorm of the winter may have hit our region this week but, to parryphrase Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the folks at Hudson Village Theatre are predicting sunny days ahead beginning in May when the little theatre by the tracks launches its 2018 summer season with the highly-acclaimed Trudeau Stories.

This charming and funny play is based on writer-performer Brooke Johnson's unusual friendship with Justin' father, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, which began when she was a student at the National Theatre School in Montreal in 1985. And it sets the pace for a four-play season that has a common thread running throughout all of the productions.

Namely, the endlessly funny topic of unlikely friendships. Indeed, through personal storytelling, raucous comedy, and sophisticated wit, the season - according to HVT's new Artistic Director, Andrea Romaldi - embraces “the hilarious, poignant, and absurd aspects of what often turn out to be the most essential and life-changing relationships in our lives.”

Continuing the theme in June, Across the Pond celebrates over five decades of British music from The Beatles to Adele. Performed by theatre veteran, Leisa Way, and her Lonely Hearts Band, this promises to be a thrilling production, sweeping local audiences away on a musical journey 50 years in the making.

Next comes the outrageous comedy, The Savannah Sipping Society, by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten in which, after an ill-fated hot yoga class, four irrepressible women meet for drinks and decide it’s time to take the bull by the horns and do the things they’ve always wanted to do. And they do. With hilarious results!

Yasmina Reza’s contemporary classic ‘Art’ caps the season with an August run when three male friends come to loggerheads over one’s recent purchase of an expensive painting. It's about five feet by four and all white with white diagonal lines. Is it art? And does it matter when your friendships are on the line? Winner of the 1998 Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy and Tony Award for Best Play, ‘Art’ is as witty and relevant now as it has ever been.

And regardless of whether it is actually art or not, there is no question that no matter our age or background, we can all relate to the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of friendship, and find the humour and humanity in the characters who will people Hudson’s stage this summer.

For further info, call HVT at (450) 458-5361 or go to www.hudsonvillagetheatre.ca and enjoy the benefit of their early season subscription discount.

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