UNITY - GPRC Drama production of the play by Kevin Kerr
||Thursday, February 21st, 2008
||Saturday, February 23rd, 2008
Drama Production, February, 2008
Play: UNITY (1918) by Kevin Kerr
DJ Cardinal Performing Arts Centre
Production dates: February 21, 22, 23 @ 7:30pm
Two school matinees are planned Feb. 21 and Feb. 22 @ 12noon
Tickets available at GPRC Bookstore and at the Door
** $5 Matinees all seats! **
About the play: UNITY, (1918) won the Governor General’s Award for Drama in 2002. Imagine the town of Unity, Saskatchewan (or Grande Prairie), in the fall of the year 1918. World War 1 is ending and the Spanish Flu Pandemic sweeps the world, killing millions – more than all the soldiers killed in 4 years of fighting in Europe.
In this small town, the women wait for their men – sons, brothers, lovers, to return. What comes instead is this mysterious illness that wipes out whole families, turns neighbours into strangers, and transforms the Canadian prairies into a battlefield where a plague strikes down the young and healthy. Every prairie community has its mass graves.
Somber stuff – yet the play is both black comedy and gothic horror in the framework of stark tragedy.
About the playwright: Kevin Kerr is currently the playwright in residence at the University of Alberta. He is co-founder (writer and actor) of the Electric Company, one of the most exciting theatre companies in Canada. Kevin is looking forward to coming to Grande Prairie during the production to talk about his work as a theatre artist.
Please call Annie Smith, the director, for more information at 539-2882.