First ever Shortwave Theatre Festival hits CFRC airwaves this November

Looking for some theatrical performances to enjoy from the comfort, and safety, of your own home? Local theatre collective Cellar Door Project, and CFRC 101.9 FM are holding a collaborative presentation of the first ever Shortwave Theatre Festival on CFRC’s airwaves from Sunday, Nov. 1 through Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020.

According to a release from CFRC on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, Shortwave Theatre Festival features six original plays written, performed, directed and produced by emergent and seasoned artists with Kingston connections, in addition to presentations from their partners at the Thousand Islands Playhouse and Blue Canoe Theatre Productions. Cellar Door Project’s headlining performance, Talk to Me on Friday, Nov. 6 also features a fully translated ASL interpretation that will be simulcasted via CFRC and on Cellar Door’s social media.    

“Cellar Door Project is overjoyed to have partnered with CFRC on the Shortwave Theatre Festival” says Mariah Horner, artistic producer of Cellar Door project and Shortwave Festival Director. “We have always been passionate about activating the independent theatre scene in Kingston and this partnership was a brilliant opportunity to support local artists during the COVID-19 pandemic while providing free programming to Kingston, Queen’s and beyond. We’re especially excited about Cellar Door Project’s remount of Talk to Me accompanied by an ASL-translated production.”   

CFRC expressed that, thanks to the generous support of the City of Kingston Arts Fund, the Ontario Arts Council, the Dan School of Drama and Music, and the Robert H. Black Fund, the Shortwave Theatre Festival company has been working since 2019 to produce a free, accessible autumn entertainment experience for listeners in Kingston and worldwide. They invite listeners to safely enjoy the Shortwave Theatre Festival from the comfort of their own homes with some buttery popcorn and a mug of hot apple cider!

“CFRC is thrilled to provide a platform for local artists to reimagine a vintage art form on our airwaves while developing new performance and production skills ‘off stage’,” says Dinah Jansen, CFRC Station Manager and Shortwave Executive Producer. “Shortwave Theatre Festival is a truly unique opportunity for community members near and far to connect with Kingston arts and artists in fun, imaginative ways.”

Through the first week of November, CFRC will broadcast six original performances locally on 101.9 FM, Cogeco Cable 282, and via stream at Cellar Door Project will also host virtual listening parties through their social media for a fun interactive experience each night.  

For more information and the complete Festival schedule, visit

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