Norm Foster’s latest play, On a First Name Basis, makes its Alberta premiere this Friday, 8pm, at Keyano Theatre. Directed by Claude Giroux and starring Norm Foster and Patricia Vanstone, On a First Name Basis, is a love story, a touching comedy, a social commentary and a mystery wrapped in witty dialogue and vivid imagery about a wealthy novelist and his dedicated housekeeper.
Norm Foster, known as Canada’s most produced playwright, was born in Newmarket, Ontario. He began his career as a playwright in Fredericton, New Brunswick, in 1983 while he was working as a host of a popular morning radio show. One evening he accompanied a friend to an audition and ended up getting a role as Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey, without ever having even seen a play. Foster quickly fell in love with the stage and swiftly wrote his first play titled Sinners which was an immediate success and ignited his career as a playwright. Since that day Foster has become a prolific writer creating and producing more than forty plays on professional stages. He is frequently compared to American playwright Neil Simon and like Simon Foster’s plays are full of insight into the everyday tribulations of life. He is known for his witty sense of humour and comedic characters that touch a wide range of audiences. His plays have been staged across North America and around the world. Some of his most renowned shows include The Melville Boys, My Darling Judith, The Affections of May, The Motor Trade, Wrong for Each Other, Office Hours, The Love List, The Long Weekend; Bedtime Stories; Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun; Storm Warning; and Here on the Flight Path.
Tickets for, On a First Name Basis, are available at the Keyano Box Office or online at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=kethe. The play opens this Friday and runs Saturday, October 4th then the following week from October 8th-11th at 8pm. For more information please call the Keyano Box Office at (780) 791-4990.