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Buying The Farm

A Rural Romantic Comedy

By Shelley Hoffman and Stephen Sparks

June 29 to July 16 calendar icon

Drayton Festival Theatre

Country wit meets city bluster in this fast-paced romantic comedy about the charms and challenges of maintaining the family farm.

Aging bachelor farmer Magnus Bjornson finds himself with mounting debt, some health concerns, and suburban neighbourhoods encroaching from every direction. Just when he's thinking about retirement, Brad, a young real estate agent, arrives at the farm determined to succeed where others have failed. It might be a done deal, except that Magnus' great-niece Esme is unwavering in her resolve that this family farm is NOT FOR SALE.

A love note to farming, this multi-generational comedy is also an insightful look at the plight of rural Canada. Don’t miss this hilarious new comedy about high hopes, last stands, skunks, and love among the chickens.


SHOW PROGRAM
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Digital Program
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THEATRE ADDRESS
Drayton Festival Theatre
33 Wellington St. S. 
Drayton, Ontario N0G 1P0

AUDIENCE
Recommended for ages 10 and up. There is no official rating system for live theatre. We encourage you to use your judgment based on your child's age and maturity level. Click here to read our complete Ticket Policy.

RUNNING TIME
1 hour and 50 minutes, including one 20 minute intermission.
 

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Meet The Artists

The Company

(in alphabetical order)
Terry Barna
Terry Barna
Magnus Bjornson
Alex Furber
Alex Furber
Brad Deacon
Kelly Van der Burg
Kelly Van der Burg
Esme Van Fossen


The Creative Team

Lee MacDougall
Lee MacDougall
Director
Meaghan Carpentier
Meaghan Carpentier
Set Designer
Nicole Del Cul
Nicole Del Cul
Costume Designer
Lyle Franklin
Lyle Franklin
Lighting Designer
Laurel Oneil
Laurel Oneil
Stage Manager
Stephanie Dilnot
Stephanie Dilnot
Apprentice Stage Manager

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Alex Furber, Kelly Van der Burg, and Terry Barna in Buying The Farm
Photo credit: Alex Furber, Kelly Van der Burg, and Terry Barna in Buying The Farm, Drayton Entertainment, 2022 Season. Directed by Lee MacDougall, Set Design by Meaghan Carpentier, Costume Design by Nicole Del Cul, Lighting Design by Lyle Franklin, Stage Manager Laurel Oneil, Apprentice Stage Manager Stephanie Dilnot, Photography by Hilary Gauld.
 
Buying The Farm
Photo credit: Kelly Van der Burg and Alex Furber in Buying The Farm, Drayton Entertainment, 2022 Season. Directed by Lee MacDougall, Set Design by Meaghan Carpentier, Costume Design by Nicole Del Cul, Lighting Design by Lyle Franklin, Stage Manager Laurel Oneil, Apprentice Stage Manager Stephanie Dilnot, Photography by Hilary Gauld.

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DUTY OF CARE
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HOW TO BUY
Tickets are available for purchase online, in person at the Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge and St. Jacobs Country Playhouse Box Office, or by calling 1-855-372-9866