Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre presents Being Hank & Patsy

Laura Teasdale and Ralph Steiner star in Being Hank & Patsy on stage at Festival Antigonish from July 12 to August 1.

ANTIGONISH: Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre adds the second show to its repertory season on July 12, with the opening of Being Hank & Patsy by Path Productions.

Being Hank & Patsy, written and directed by Antigonish native Laura Teasdale, is a musical memoire starring Ralph Steiner and Laura Teasdale.

In this true story, two actors coincidentally embark on parallel journeys that challenge them to play the roles of country music’s most iconic heroes, Hank Williams and Patsy Cline. Fate makes their paths cross and they fall in love with their alter egos and then in (and out) of love with each other.

The stories of Hank and Patsy are revealed through the eyes of two passionate actors learning to portray them. The classic Hank and Patsy tunes that they love so dearly are mingled with other personal favourites that come out of Ralph and Laura’s true story.

The show is funny, personal, and touching as the true stories of the legends intertwine with the story of their rocky relationship. Above all, this memoire is a testament to the power of great music to bring people together and tear their hearts apart.

If you’ve ever wondered how the heck it came to be that Ralph and Laura are thought of everywhere as Hank and Patsy, this show is for you. If you love to laugh, this show is for you. If you love those old hurting country songs, this show is for you.

Laura Teasdale is an actor, musician, playwright, cartoon voice and teacher. She made her professional debut at the Bauer Theatre, appearing in the very first season of Festival Antigonish. In the 30 years that have passed since then, she has lived in Quebec and worked for great companies like Centaur Theatre, Geordie and Theatre Lac Brome. She led a women’s choir and was part of clown and comedy improv troupes. She studied laughter therapy, taught drama and music to elementary school kids, toured to the Arctic, played The Artful Dodger, wrote eight dinner theatres and 25 children’s plays and grew a lot of gardens.

Teasdale’s best-known plays include Honky Tonk Blue-The Night Patsy Met Hank, Woodswalker, and Home Child, an outdoor show that toured Nova Scotia last summer. Her favourite plays are inspired by local history.

She sings in a band with two friends, Sheila and Patricia, who are collectively called The Lovely Brothers. In all these years away, she has longed for Nova Scotia and she is finally back home in Antigonish. Teasdale stars in three shows on the Main Stage at Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre this season.

Being Hank & Patsy opens at the Bauer Theatre on Thursday, July 12th at 8 p.m., for a limited run of just six shows. Advance tickets are going fast and early booking is recommended.

Tickets are available online (any time) and at the Bauer Theatre box office (10 am – 9 pm, Monday – Saturday).

A limited number of season passes are also still available, and offer a great deal with a 15 percent saving on main stage tickets. A complete schedule and show details can be found online at www.festivalantigonish.com or by calling (902) 867-3333.

The Main Stage series began on July 3rd with Lunenburg by Norm Foster, and continues next week with the addition of a third show, Burnin’ Love by Sharon Bajer. The Family Stage opens on July 24th with Big Sister, Little Brother, and the final play for the Main Stage opens on August 9th with the Canadian premiere of Hope and Gravity by Michael Hollinger.

Festival Antigonish is grateful for the support of its funding partners: Arts Nova Scotia, Canada Council for the Arts, Town of Antigonish, and Municipality of the County of Antigonish; its Main Stage Co-Sponsors: MacLeod Group and Atlantic Windows; the Production Sponsor for Being Hank & Patsy – High-Crest Enterprises; StFX University; and all supporting businesses and partners.