Collaborations between playwrights aren't uncommon at the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival.
But Chantele Fry's Fringe collaboration is a bit... different.
That's because Fry is the co-author of the play The Distance Between Trees - which was started by the late Harry Rintoul, a writer she never met in person.
Rintoul, a major figure on the local theatre scene until his death in 2002, penned many plays himself, including refugees, which premiered at the first Winnipeg Fringe in 1988.
"The Distance Between Trees" stars (from front) Kris Diaz, Carolynn Primeau and Cathy Herbert. (LineaR Productions)
But Rintoul left The Distance Between Trees
as an unfinished script when he died, and Fry is presenting her completed version at this year's festival - the 25th anniversary of the Winnipeg Fringe.
"A few years ago, I met his step-daughter," says Fry, "and got to know Harry's widow, Dolores Rintoul, quite well. And one year, I just decided to ask her if he'd left anything behind that was unfinished... I thought it would be really awesome if there were any unfinished plays to put them on at Fringe."
Fry says taking on the challenge of completing another writer's script - and getting it to the stage - has reminded her of the intent of a Fringe theatre festival. "Originally, Fringe - however many years ago - the point was to take theatre and put it out there. It is about taking risks, and I'm taking a really big risk with this one."Tune in to Scene On Air on Saturday, July 21 to hear more Fringe Festival interviews and reviews.