Tempting Providence taking on America

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"Tempting Province" is finding a new audience - an American one.

The play Robert Chafe wrote for Theater Newfoundland Labrador has been performed across Canada, in Australia and the United Kingdom and is now making its American premiere at the California International Theatre Festival.

The festival runs from July 17-25. Linda Purl, who played the daughter in the first season of Matlock along with roles on such shows as Happy Days, is the festival's director.

Along with "Tempting Provdence" the festival marks two more American premiere productions - "The Ring Road" by Raymond Zhou from China, and "Stones" by the Orto-Da Theatre Group from Israel.

The event also features "The End" by Samuel Beckett, "Around the World in 80 Minutes," "Essence of China: Beijing Opera De-Mystified," "Cabaret: Catch the Light," performed by Michele Lee, Musical Director is Ron Abel. it also features the documentary film "Working with Pinter: An Intimate and Revealing Portrait" from the United Kingdom directed by Harry Burton.

Festival Director, Purl explains "Born of a passion to stimulate cross cultural communication, like minds of theatre professionals, artists, business professionals, civic leaders and entrepreneurs have come together to create an annual event now in its third season, that builds bridges of understanding between ourselves and all nations of an increasingly inter-connected planet - The California International Theatre Festival," Purl said in a prepared statement.

"Our mission is to produce an annual theatre festival in California, offering a distinguished array of international presentations and committed to broadening cultural understanding by means of community outreach, student training and cultural exchange through the performing arts."

Organizations: California International Theatre, Orto-Da Theatre Group

Geographic location: California, America, United Kingdom China Canada Australia Israel

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