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St. Catharines: The Norm Foster Theatre Festival announces the cast for “Outlaw”

Monday, April 3, 2023

The Norm Foster Theatre Festival presents 

OUTLAW by Norm Foster

Directed by Jim Mezon

June 21 - July 2, 2023

Three Acres Farm, Pelham

General Seating

2pm & 7:30pm performances available

A young Canadian homesteader travelling far from home finds himself accused of murder in the state of Kansas in 1871. With only his wits to defend himself, he turns the law of the land – and the men hell-bent on enforcing it – upside down. This authentic western is a new take on the days when guns were the law. Don’t miss this thrilling play by Norm Foster filled with twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Nestled at the top of the Niagara escarpment, Three Acres Farm offers another unique, site-specific theatre experience for Foster Festival audiences!

Some performances are already 80% sold out! Book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.


 • Jesse Dwyre as Bob Hicks •

For the Festival: 1812. Jesse is thrilled to be returning to The Foster Festival this season for their production of Outlaw. Audiences may remember Jesse as Frederick in the Festival's world premiere of 1812 by Norm Foster at Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Other selected theatre credits include Redbone Coonhound (Tarragon), Red (Segal Centre), Brave New World (Passe Muraille), Great Expectations (Soulpepper), Cherry Orchard (Guild Festival), Tin Drum (Unspun Theatre), Ugly One (Tarragon), Of the Fields Lately (Theatre Calgary) Silverwing (MTYP ), Get Away (ATP), Caesar & Cleopatra, Three Sisters, Romeo & Juliet, Bartholomew Fair, Love’s Labours Lost (Stratford Festival). Selected Film/TV appearances include Jett (HBO), Adam's Wall (Couzin), Imitation (Atopia), Beauty & the Beast (CBS), Silas & the Tomb, The Archivist, Shakespeare: Words & Music (Bravo). Jesse has been acknowledged by the Betty Mitchell Awards, the Tyrone Guthries, My Entertainment Awards & the Dora Awards.

 • Peter Krantz as Dupuis Tarwater •

For the Festival: Lunenburg, Come Down From Up River (Actor). 2019 Season Assistant Director. Peter Krantz has been an actor for over three decades. Recently he has starred in two Norm Foster world premieres for The Foster Festival, Lunenburg and Come Down From Up River, as well as assistant directing Hilda’s Yard and Beside Myself. He has had 28 seasons at the Shaw Festival where he last performed Alfred Doolittle in Pygmalion. Some of his many critically acclaimed roles have been, Elwood Dowd in Harvey, Teddy in Faith Healer, Alan in Time and the Conways, and Det. McLeod in Detective Story. He has also had leading roles in Little Foxes, Invisible Man, St Joan, Bus Stop, Devil’s Disciple, The Crucible and many, many more. He has performed across Canada for, ATP, Theatre Calgary, Citadel, MTC, Theatre London, Toronto Free, Tarragon, Canadian Stage, Neptune and the National Arts Centre. He can also be seen in the films Exotica and Speaking Parts for Atom Egoyan, The Ref, Mail to the Chief for Disney, and over 20 appearances on network television. Peter has a BFA in Acting from Metropolitan/Ryerson University.

 • George Masswohl as Roland Keets •

For the Festival: Country Ceilidh (Emcee). Raised here in St. Catharines, George Masswohl has been one of the leading performers in the Canadian musical theatre for decades. A Dora Mavor Moore Award winner, George is probably best known for his acclaimed 2 year run as Claude Elliott, the Mayor of Gander Newfoundland in the Canadian production of Come From Away. Having criss-crossed the country playing a range of iconic roles for the Shaw and Stratford Festivals, Young People’s Theatre, Canadian Stage, and the Charlottetown Festival, to name a few, George now lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland where he owns and operates his own tour company, George’s Tours. He is also lead singer of The Rowdymen, a band that plays Newfoundland music, traditional, contemporary, and original.

 • Matthew Olver as Will Vanhorne •

For the Festival: A Pack of Thieves (Reading), The Foursome. A professional writer and actor for over 20 years, Matthew got his start in the Toronto comedy scene with the improv comedy troupes Sweet Potato and The Komic-Kazes, performing regularly at The Rivoli and Yuk Yuks. Past theatre credits include The Foursome (The Foster Festival), Fair & Square (Lighthouse Theatre), My Fair Lady/The Importance of Being Earnest (RuBarb Productions), Parents Night (Theatre Passe Muraille), A Christmas Story (The Grand Theatre), The Hound of the Baskervilles (Globus Theatre), My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding (The Berkeley St. Theatre). TV credits include Rabbit Hole (CBS), The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu), Coroner (CBC), The Girlfriend Experience (Starz), Reign (CBS), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), Designated Survivor (ABC), Saving Hope (CTV), Living In Your Car (HBO, TMN) and Odd Squad (PBS). Film credits include: Big Gold Brick (Nortario Films), Red (Summit Entertainment), Glitter (Columbia). Matthew lives in Toronto with his wife, Lisa, and their menagerie of animals.


If you attended our Country Ceilidh last fall, you will be familiar with our venue for Outlaw - Three Acres Farm on Effingham Road in Pelham.

The homestead at Three Acres Farm was built by the Haist family in 1870 and the barn (where we are presenting Outlaw) was built in 1873, making this property the perfect setting for Norm's play which is set in the year 1871. The farm is now owned by Geoffrey and Laura Tyler.

We are excited to be, once again, thinking outside-the-box this season to offer environmental theatre to our audiences, fully immersing you into the world of the play. Arrive early to enjoy all the beauty that the farm has to offer including boxed meals provided by Fit to Eat Catering, which can be preordered and enjoyed at picnic tables onsite while taking in the beautiful countryside at the top of the Niagara escarpment - full details on how to preorder these boxed meals COMING VERY SOON!

A variety of beverages will be available for an additional purchase onsite along with smaller snacks at the concession tent. When you join us, we encourage you to check out Three Acres Farm's fresh produce and florals which will also be for sale at each performance.

Show tickets are going fast, so don't delay! We look forward to introducing our Foster Festival audiences to Three Acres Farm this June.

The venue offers FREE parking on property. If you have any questions about accessibility or would like more information about the farm, please call our Box Office at 1-844-735-4832 x.3 or email

Stay tuned for our Casting Announcement for Jenny's House of Joy by Norm Foster, directed by Lisa Horner. Jenny's House of Joy is the companion piece to Outlaw and it is the first time any theatre company has offered these two plays in the same season!

We'll be back at the Mandeville Theatre at Ridley College in August for our production of Jenny's House of Joy.


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