Saturday, August 2, 2014
Featuring: Joyce LaBriola, Rebecca Ponting & Anne Marie Szucs
Description: Three friends gather to celebrate a 40th birthday at a cabin in the woods. With the birthday girl, Christine, as the hub, her disparate friends Angela and Pam rub each other the wrong way. All have secrets they have not previously shared, and Christine has the biggest one of all. The celebration deteriorates as the truths spill out.
Description:When Lizbeth had her son, Liam, she thought that she would be the perfect parent and he the perfect child because she would do everything right. When Liam goes to playschool she discovers that no matter what you do, your child can have issues. Her husband Brendan struggles to support her because he can't relate to her parenting style. When other parents at the playschool behave badly, she leans on her friend Tamra. It's about realizing that there is no such thing as a perfect parent - that all you can really be is the right parent for your child.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Monday, August 22, 2011
For those who did not make it - here is the lowdown on Pieces:
Playwright/Director - Kristen M. Finlay
Stage Manager - Kimberlee Stadelmann
Sound Designer - Erin Foster-O'Riordan
Diane - Anne Marie Szucs
Joan - Francie Goodwin-Davies
Young Joan - Lindsey Walker
Doctor/Ben - Justin Deveau
Sharon/Grace/Young Diane - Janine Hodder
We had a great time together and hope that some or all of these wonderful artists join us for future projects.
- posted by Kristen
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Review by Iain Ilich
4.5 stars out of 5
Stage 6, Catalyst Theatre
The descent into dementia isn’t a light topic.
Every day, dutiful daughter Diane makes the trek to the care home where her mother, Joan, has recently moved. Dementia has stripped Joan of much of her memory and of her ability to communicate in a way that makes sense to anyone but herself. She can no longer identify her visiting daughter. She holds onto and cherishes pictures as if they were people. She is sad and lonely and terrified.
The story is a collection of little fragments of memory woven together with Diane’s narration. We learn more about Ben, Joan’s beloved late husband whose death Joan is no longer aware of. We travel back to Joan’s childhood misadventures, cut into tiny fragments of thought expressed in half-formed sentences and emotional outbursts. Diane even learns things about her mother, and her mother’s impression of her, that she never knew before.
But the real highlight here is the brilliant use of the stage to allow multiple scenes to take place at the same time, linked by shared phrases. On one half of the stage, the present is played out with daughter visiting mother in a care facility. On the other half, actors play fragments of memory that dart through Joan’s head. It’s like a living footnote that explains and provides context to the action in the present. It sounds complicated, but it works perfectly. It captures the confusion of the person in the present with the lucidity of the thoughts before they’re filtered through dementia.
It’s a sad, moving play at a festival where comedies sell tickets. It deserves to be seen.