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Runs from Wednesday August 5 2020 to Sunday August 30 2020

Approximate running time: 1 hour and 30 minutes


Highland Arts Theatre
40 Bentinck Street
Sydney NS B1P 1G2

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Lyrics by Tom Greenwald Music by Andrew Lippa Book by Andrew Lippa and Tom Greenwald

A truly original musical that honors brothers and sisters, as well as parents and children, set against the background of a changing America between 1950 and 1990, John & Jen is a gem of a show, brimming with intelligence, wit and beautiful melodies.

Directed by Andrew Chandler and Music Directed by Chuck Homewood, who worked on a workshop production of the show last year at the Neptune Theatre. This two-person Broadway musical stars two of Cape Breton's rising stars, Emily O'Leary and Kevin Munroe.

~ An Experiment in Radical Access ~

In the light of this unprecedented time, we are trying something Radical: We want to become the first Professional, Community-Funded Theatre in Canada. We are looking for 2000 people to make monthly donations of $25 or more to publicly fund our operations and projects and as a result, we will offer all 12 Mainstage plays and musicals every year free of charge.

We haven't quite reached that goal, but we know that can work and we're willing to make the first move.

As an experiment, our two August productions - House and John & Jen - will be free of charge so that we can prove this model will work and be amazing for our community.

If you're trying it out, we highly encourage you to make a monthly pledge and help us reach our goal so we can finally rely on a consistent revenue stream and know month-to-month that we can pay our bills. For more information or to make your pledge, check out:


If you book your tickets and then do not need them, please let us know no less than 6 hours before showtime by e-mailing us at:

From August 5th to 30th:

Wednesdays at 8:00PM Fridays at 8:00PM Saturdays at 8:00PM Sundays at 2:00PM


All audiences will be limited to 12.5% of our overall capacity (aprox. 50 people) Every seat will automatically be booked with a six-foot "bubble" around their seats to ensure mandatory physical distancing. Masks will be manditory upon entrance. Washrooms will be gender-neutral for the time being and limited to one-person per washroom at a time. There will be no intermission and audiences will be permited to enter and exit as necessary to "freshen up". At the time of writing, no concessions will be sold at this performance.

We are committed to keeping our audience, staff, and artists safe and secure. If you have any feedback or concerns, please feel free to contact us at:

Thank you so much and see you soon at the HAT!

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