February 9, 2021 to February 21, 2021

Tough Call

RUN TIME: 1 hr 45 min  ACCESSIBLE: Y    INTERMISSION: Y    AGES: 12+    MEMBER TYPE: Professional

Tough Call

by Alex Poirier

A special RETURN ENGAGEMENT of the original play by Cheticamp local, Alex Poirier, re-imagined as a one-act Mainstage Production!

1986 -- New Year's Eve.

Dean is working the graveyard shift at a local TV station, wasting time in the back office as the world outside cheers the coming of the new year. His solitary night of self-pity and Chinese food takeout is interrupted by a ringing telephone -- a wrong number. On a normal night, that would be the end of it. But amid the beginnings of an awkward, halting conversation, the young caller inadvertently lets slip a secret.

He's planning to commit suicide.

Tonight. At midnight.

The stumbling seesaw discussion that follows leads both young men -- one we see and one we only hear over the telephone line -- from Three's Company and Top Gun to nuclear war, from first kisses, loves lost, and bedroom politics, to the hidden wisdom of Ms. Pac-Man.

Starring Alex Poirier and Matt Earhart

Content Advisory: Contains discussion of mature themes and language that may not be suitable for children.

~ An Experiment in Radical Access ~

In the light of this unprecedented time, we are trying something Radical: We have become the first Professional, Community-Funded Theatre in Canada. Thanks to ongoing monthly donations from people across Cape Breton and - indeed - North America, we have committed to offering all 12 Mainstage plays and musicals free of charge for a year. If we can maintain or grow this model, we would love nothing more than to continue this model forever. But in order to do that, we need your help.

We aren't going to charge you a cent for this ticket, but if you haven't done so already, we highly encourage you to go to our website and make a pledge for ongoing monthly dontions (you can also do a one-time donation if you prefer).

You'll receive:

1) A tax-deductible charitable receipt 2) Advance access to book for future Mainstage Productions 3) The knowledge that you are supporting a professional arts organization in downtown Sydney and helping create free access for everyone in the community.

For more information or to make your pledge, check out: http://www.highlandartstheatre.com/radical-access

Tickets: FREE OF CHARGE (although suggested donations of $25/ticket are welcome)

If you book your tickets and then do not need them, please let us know no less than 6 hours before showtime by e-mailing us at: info@highlandartstheatre.com

From January 26th to February 7th*

Tuesday to Saturday at 8:00PM Sundays at 2:00PM and 8:00PM

*Note: These dates were post-poned from the original opening plans are pending the lifting of provincial gathering restrictions as currently scheduled. If restrictions are extended, this production will move forward in time as necessary. All bookings and seats will remain in tact for the new dates and all ticket holders will be contacted.

COVID-19 Protocols:

We are very grateful to have had such low cases of COVID-19 in Cape Breton, however, it is essential that we do not become overly relaxed or complacent. We will be complying with all provincial and federal recommendations and guidelines (and then some!). Please be advised that protocols could change at any time pending provincial order or increased risk.

All audiences will be limited to 25% of our overall capacity (approx. 100 people) Every seat will automatically be booked with a six-foot "bubble" around their seats to ensure mandatory physical distancing. Masks will be manditory upon entrance and throughout performance. Washrooms will be gender-neutral for the time being and heavily cleaned between performances. There will be no intermission, however, audiences will be permited to enter and exit as necessary to "freshen up". All facilities will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between performances.

We are committed to keeping our audience, staff, and artists safe and secure. If you have any feedback or concerns, please feel free to contact us at: info@highlandartstheatre.com

Thank you so much and see you soon at the HAT!

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Produced by: Highland Arts Theatre

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