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(born February 14, 1949) Norm Foster is considered to be Canada's most produced playwright. Foster discovered his talents as a playwright in Fredericton, New Brunswick, while he was working as host of a popular morning radio show. He accompanied a friend to an audition, and landed his first acting job, as Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey, without ever having even seeing a play. Intrigued with the theatre, he set his pen to paper and wrote his first play titled Sinners.
In 1983 and 1984 Theatre New Brunswick mounted the first professional productions of Sinners and Foster’s next play The Melville Boys. In the years following, TNB introduced My Darling Judith (1987), The Affections of May (1990), The Motor Trade (1991), Wrong for Each Other (1992), and Office Hours (1996).
Foster has had more than fifty plays produced on professional stages. Other well-known plays include The Love List, The Long Weekend; Bedtime Stories; Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun; Storm Warning; Skin Flick; Outlaw; Hilda's Yard; On A First Name Basis; Old Love; Mending Fences and Here on the Flight Path.
Frequently compared to American playwright Neil Simon, Foster pens plays that are known for their humour, accessibility, and insight into the everyday tribulations of life. Foster's work is frequently produced by theatre groups across North America, and as far away from his home in Canada as Canberra, Australia.
In December or 2016, Mr. Foster was named an Officer in The Order of Canada.
Past Foster Productions
SOAP Theatre has previously staged two Norm Foster plays to great audience acclaim: The Long Weekend in 2012 and The Melville Boys in 2015.
Cast and Characters
Auditions for Old Love were held on September 24 and 25.
Norm Foster's Old Love is a story of courtship, rekindled romance and the indomitability of hope. Bud’s first monologue, sets the story:
This charming two-act may feature a fairly straightforward plot line but the production can be a pure gem.
So what’s it about? It’s a romantic comedy, with touches of personal drama, spanning three decades, over which time a smitten Bud Mitchell meets (on several occasions) and falls hopelessly in love with his boss’s wife Molly Graham. The tone of those meetings is comic, with the setting usually an after-hours business social event.
Other than the socially awkward employee’s well-hidden infatuation with the always inebriated object of his desire, the action amounts to little more than a few shared words, all of which are promptly forgotten and lost by the outwardly and inwardly bored Molly in a haze of alcoholic indifference. Each subsequent time their paths meet, she has no idea of who he is and the fact they already know each other.