Rosewood is that small town we’ve all lived in or driven through or known someone from. It’s where Stanley’s Tavern and Stanley’s Hardware and Stanley’s Menswear can all be found on the same block and all found closed when the three Stanleys and Otis from Stanley’s Marina meet at Earl’s Cafe for Thursday afternoon pie. It’s where potholes can fill an afternoon’s conversation today and another afternoon’s tomorrow. It’s where the River Street merchants host an acrobatic dog show at the same time that the Main Street merchants put on a fancy cat show and the whole town comes out to watch the fur fly.
Rosewood is the creation of Belleville playwright Peter Paylor and the setting for “This is Rosewood – Tales from the Tavern”, a one-man small town comedy produced by River & Main Theatre Company with original music by Joe Callahan and starring local favourite Rick Zimmerman as storyteller Stan Olmstead of Stanley’s Tavern. As Stan tells the stories of life in Rosewood, his own story unfolds as well. Stan has a decision to make and the audience is in on it every step of the way. “Tales from the Tavern” is the perfect antidote to a world gone slightly mad, a comic break from daily life and the daily news, and a reminder that Thursday afternoon pie at Earl’s Cafe with the regulars is something money can’t buy.
Belleville’s River & Main Theatre Company will be bringing “This is Rosewood – Tales from the Tavern” to audiences in the Quinte Region throughout this summer and fall. Performances are currently scheduled for May 13 at 7:30 at Thomasburg Community Hall in Thomasburg, June 11 at 2 pm at St.Andrews Church in Picton, June 22 & 23 at 8 pm at The Pinnacle Playhouse in Belleville, August 12 at 7:30 pm and August 13 at 2 pm at The Old Church Theatre in Quinte West with more dates to be announced. Tickets for all performances are $15 each. For more information or to order tickets call or text (613) 403-7329 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.thisisrosewood.com.