Players De Novo replaces Belke play as annual fundraiser

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca

Five weeks before opening night Players de Novo and Workshop West Playwrights Theatre announced their decision Wednesday to replace David Belke’s Forsooth My Lovely as their upcoming fundraising production. 

This is their statement: “After careful consideration, Players De Novo and Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre have decided to replace our upcoming fundraising show of Forsooth My Lovely by David Belke with Village of Idiots by John Lazarus. With only 5 weeks to go, we are proceeding full steam ahead on our new play which will be presented as planned at Victoria School of the Arts on May 5.”

The much-produced Village of Idiots, a charming and humorous Jewish folk tale from the pen of Canadian playwright Lazarus, chronicles the fictional town of Chelm through eyes of a deserter from the Russian army, who arrives on the eve of a Cossack incursion.

Players De Novo is a troupe comprised of members of the legal community, who stage an annual production to benefit an Edmonton theatre company, which provides the director for the show. This year’s recipient is Workshop West Playwrights Theatre; the director is WW artistic director Vern Thiessen.

The replacement comes on the heels of the March 21 news that Forsooth My Lovely playwright Belke was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography. He is scheduled to appear in court April 6.     

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