One Act Festival brings star performers to Port Dover

The Lighthouse Festival Theatre One Act Festival is back and better than ever!

For the fifth anniversary of our winter series, we’re bringing in three of the hottest one-act shows in Canada, starring world-class performers who will ignite your imagination all winter long.

“This year’s One Act Festival is, by far, the most talent-packed series we have put on since the start of the festival itself,” said Artistic Director Derek Ritschel. “I’m very confident people will leave each performance completely entertained.”

The shows coming to Port Dover this winter have wowed critics nationwide and garnered rave reviews at past festivals. Kirk Dunn’s captivating show The Knitting Pilgrim, Jake Epstein’s musical tour de force Boy Falls From the Sky: Jake Epstein Live, and Person of Interest, Melody A. Johnson’s comic tale of urban warfare, have played to sold-out audiences across the country.

“I’m thrilled to bring these standout shows to Port Dover,” Ritschel said.

Now in its fifth season, the One Act Festival is a chance to see something a little different on the Lighthouse stage. The exciting shows at this year’s festival will introduce you to new worlds and new adventures, with three brilliantly talented performers as your guides.

Each one-act show is about an hour long with no intermission, creating an immersive theatrical experience for audiences and performer alike.


The centrepiece of The Knitting Pilgrim, on stage January 25, is a labour of love 15 years in the making. Actor and knitter Kirk Dunn will take the stage in front of three giant knitted tapestries that look like ornate stained glass windows. Against this breathtaking multi-coloured backdrop, Kirk will reflect on his epic artistic and spiritual journey to create the tapestries, while weaving in stories of the three religions that inspired them in hopes of promoting empathy among all people.

After a sold-out run at the Toronto Fringe Festival, Boy Falls From the Sky swings into Port Dover February 22. From smash hits to epic flops, musical theatre star Jake Epstein has seen it all from centre stage. In story and song, this veteran of the stage and screen will share the exhilarating highs and soul-crushing lows of life on Broadway, all told with the ol’ razzle-dazzle.

Melody A. Johnson performed her one-woman show Miss Caledonia during our very first One Act Festival, and we are delighted to have her back to present Person of Interest on March 21. It’s an incredibly funny story of an actor driven to the brink by the neighbour from hell, starring a standout performer who has been hailed as the “kook supreme” of the Canadian stage.


Escape the winter blues at the One Act Festival! At $25 apiece with a subscription, these affordable and outstanding shows are just what you need to liven up the long winter months. Bring a friend, grab a drink, dig into a cheese tray at the bar, and have a grand time taking in terrific live theatre at Lighthouse.

A 3-show festival subscription is just $75, with single tickets going for $29. New this year, taxes and ticket fees are included – what you see is what you pay. How great is that?

Resolve to see world-class theatre in 2020. Pick up your One Act tickets here.