4th Line Theatre presents its 11th annual Breaking Ground featuring a public reading of excerpts from Alex Poch-Goldin’s play The Bad Luck Bank Robbers on March 23rd at 2:00pm at the Peterborough Museum & Archives. To reserve tickets to this free event call 4th Line Theatre’s Box Office at 705-932-4445. There is plenty of free parking available and the museum is fully accessible.
The Bad Luck Bank Robbers explores a notorious story from our region’s past known as The Bad Luck Bank Robbers which recounts the August 31, 1961 bank robbery at the Toronto-Dominion Bank in Havelock, Ontario. After a daring daylight heist which netted the thieves nearly a quarter million dollars and a police chase through the Bancroft area, five armed men were arrested. The newly issued cash and securities were never found or circulated. In today’s dollars it would be worth two million dollars. Its whereabouts remain a mystery to this day. This play was inspired by Grace Barker’s book, The Bad Luck Bank Robbers. Seating is limited.
Poch-Goldin was the playwright of the theatre’s wildly successful, sold-out production of The Right Road to Pontypool that ran in 2009 and 2010. Joining Poch-Goldin and Artistic Producer Kim Blackwell, as director, are actors Robert Winslow, Paul Braunstein, Ryan Hollyman, Monica Dottor, Tim Walker, Anne Coughlan, Tim Walker and Heidi Lynch.
Breaking Ground is part of 4th Line Theatre’s New Play Development program, designed to support, nurture and encourage the creation of environmentally-staged historical plays. This ongoing process of dramaturgical support, workshops and public readings is vital to 4th Line Theatre’s commitment to provide audiences with the highest quality Canadian drama.
“Public readings are an important part of the creation of plays,” says Artistic Director Robert Winslow “This forum gives the writer the opportunity to figure out what works. The audience’s feedback during the discussion afterward may be the most valuable lesson learned.”
Alex Poch-Goldin is an award-winning playwright whose work has been produced internationally. His work has been developed and performed at The Canadian Stage Co., Tarragon Theatre, Factory Theatre, Passe Muraille, Buddies, Cahoots and 4th Line Theatre. His latest project currently running at Coleman Lemieux is an opera/dance hybrid adaptation with James Kudelka and Rodney Sharman of Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth.
His plays include:
Yahrzeit (Toronto Jewish Playwriting Award/German national tour), The Right Road To Pontypool, The Life of Jude, The Bad Luck Bank Robbers, Jim and Shorty and Internazionale. His plays Cringeworthy and This Hotel were both nominated for Dora Awards for Outstanding New Play. Alex’s full-length opera The Shadow (composed by Omar Daniel) was produced in 2009 to critical acclaim by Tapestry New Opera. He has developed projects for CBC Radio, Bravo! and was a nominee for the 2008 Siminovitch Prize for playwriting. He is the co-artistic director of Planet 88 Productions with his partner Kelly Thornton. Alex is also an acclaimed actor and has worked extensively in theatre, film and television. He is currently developing a new play for Tarragon Theatre.