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Butcher in ATP’s 2014-15 Season

Alberta Theatre Projects today revealed their lineup for the 2014-15 season, and it will include Nic’s newest play, Butcher. The show will be directed by Weyni Mengesha.

Who is the Butcher? At a police station a mysterious old man is found wearing a foreign military uniform and a Santa hat, with a meat hook dangling around his neck. As a lawyer, a police officer, and a translator struggle to unravel the truth, they uncover a past that won’t stay buried, and a decades-old quest for justice that must be served. Haunted by events a world away, no one is who they seem to be.

Described as a political thriller, Butcher will run in Calgary from October 14 to November 1, 2014 at the Martha Cohen Theatre.

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Rifles opens at the Next Stage

Rifles opens today in Toronto as part of the 2014 Next Stage Theatre Festival. The cast features Kate Hennig, Cyrus Lane, and Araya Mengesha.

In the midst of the Spanish Civil War, Senora Carrar refuses to pick sides: her husband died in combat and she’s determined to keep her two sons alive and out of the conflict. But as Franco’s army marches towards their village, her resolve is challenged.

Fault Lines wins 2013 GG Literary Award for Drama

In a ceremony in Toronto today, Nicolas was announced as the winner of the 2013 Governor-General’s Award for Drama.

Chosen by a peer assessment committee appointed by the Canada Council, the 2013 jury had this to say about their selection:

Nicolas Billon’s Fault Lines takes a unique and dramatic look at climate change. Greenland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands inspire the playwright’s provocative, theatrical triptych. Urbane and sophisticated strategies of monologue are honed to a laser probe into the interiors of contemporary consciousness.

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