Kim Blackwell, Managing Artistic Director,
4th Line Theatre; Director, Wishful Seeing
Kim is a veteran 4th Line director/producer – 2020 marks her 26th season with 4th Line Theatre where she has directed 24 productions including 12 world premieres. Selected credits include: Artistic Director (2014 - Present), Artistic Producer (2009 – 2014), Artistic Associate (2001-2009), directing: The Fool of Cavan: A Christmas Caper, Bloom: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Fable (2019), The Other: A Strange Christmas Tale (2018), The Shadow Walk of Millbrook (2016, 2018), Who Killed Snow White? (2018), The Hero of Hunter Street (2016), The Bad Luck Bank Robbers (2015, 2016), The Real McCoy (2013), Queen Marie, St. Francis of Millbrook (2012), The Berlin Blues (2011), The Right Road to Pontypool (2009, 2010), Schoolhouse (2007, 2008), The Art of Silent Killing, That Summer, Crow Hill, The Cavan Blazers, Attrition, Gimme That Prime Time Religion and many development workshops. She was nominated for the John Hirsch Award for Directing Excellence in 2009 (Canada Council) and 2014 (Ontario Arts Council). Kim was inducted into Peterborough’s Pathway of Fame in September 2016.
Managing Artistic Director's Message
I am thrilled to be able to share with you, the plays we have chosen to present in the 2020 summer season. Our 29th season will feature two world premieres. The plays chosen will explore the fascinating history of the film studio in Trenton, Ontario and an eerie murder mystery on Rice Lake.
The season will open on July 2nd with the world premiere of Alex Poch-Goldin’s The Great Shadow. This play, by the writer of The Bad Luck Bank Robbers and The Right Road to Pontypool, will be a belly laugh comedy. The Great Shadow is loosely based on the story of the Hollywood studio which existed in Trenton in the early part of the 20th century. Some of the biggest stars of the time made their way from Hollywood to the ‘back woods’ of Ontario seeking fame. The play will feature movie-making, Hollywood studio bosses and the biggest gossip columnists of the time! Get your tickets early, this one is going to be popular.
In August, I am excited that we are producing the world premiere of Maja Ardal’s Wishful Seeing. Based on the book of the same name by Janet Kellough, Wishful Seeing tells the story of a body discovered on an isolated island on Rice Lake. Saddlebag preacher Thaddeus Lewis is sent on a desperate hunt for the truth when a woman for whom he feels a guilty attraction stands accused of the murder. Meanwhile, railway mania grips the county: everyone expects to get rich off the Cobourg–Peterborough rail line — some at the expense of others. If you love “Murdoch Mysteries” you will love this play and its irascible detective.
The Great Shadow will be directed by Deb Williams who last directed Crow Hill: The Telephone Play in 2018. And I will be directing Maja’s play, revisiting the partnership which brought you The Hero of Hunter Street in 2016.
Both plays sit squarely within our mandate and I know you are going to be so entertained by both offerings.
Two very different plays with exciting characters and uplifting messages. 2020 will be a chance to highlight little known historical events in the region and the amazing people involved in them. I hope you will join us next summer for what promises to be a very special time at The Winslow Farm. I look forward to seeing you all there.
Managing Artistic Director
4th Line Theatre
Managing Artistic Director
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