Norm Foster play opens Studio 43’s new season

Ethan Claymore plays at the Evergreen Cultural Centre

Ethan Claymore opens next week.

Ethan Claymore opens next week.

A heart-warming Canadian play by Norm Foster kicks off Stage 43’s thirtieth season of award-winning live theatre.

Produced by Maple Ridge resident Jim Harrison, Ethan Claymore follows a reclusive widower, who, with the help of a determined neighbor and the spirit of his recently-deceased brother, finds love and laughter again.

Audiences will certainly find both heart and humour in the story, as Ethan finds himself faced with the ghosts from his past, the reality of his present, and the potential of his future.

Set in Gladden’s Head, Ont., Stage 43’s production of Ethan Claymore celebrates the importance of friends and family. Ethan, widowed for five years, lives a solitary life of egg farming and painting. Douglas, his good friend and neighbour, has had enough. Determined to drag Ethan back into life, Douglas wakes him up in the middle of the night and gives him a list of things he must do to get out of his slump. Before long, Douglas gets an unexpected ally. Each tries their best to show Ethan that life is not to be taken for granted, especially when an attractive, intelligent school teacher comes calling.

From situational comedy to poignant moments, this story will appeal to everyone.

“Audiences will leave the theatre with warm hearts and smiles upon their faces – for they will be reminded that family and friends are the two most important things in life,” said Harrison.

• Ethan Claymore plays at the Evergreen Cultural Centre, 1205 Pinetree Way in Coquitlam from Oct. 13 to Oct. 15 and Oct. 19 to Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. There is a matinee show on Oct. 16 at 2 p.m.