Groundswell Festival 08-09

Berkeley Upstairs Theatre, January 26-31, 2009

“Theatre has the power to connect us and to communicate openly about profound and important issues. I think good writing is the will of the writer to face those things bravely.This year our playwrights do just that. Seven bold women playwrights grapple with war, religion, poverty, reconciliation and choice. Canadian work about the world around us.”
-Artistic Director, Kelly Thornton

The Groundswell Festival is a nationally recognized forum for the creation and development of theatre by women. The festival boasts impressive alumnae including Morwyn Brebner, Alex Bulmer, Marjorie Chan, Claudia Dey, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Celia McBride, Monique Mojica, Sonja Mills, Djanet Sears and Jean Yoon.  This year, our plays and writers are:


Jane - by Lisa Codrington (Toronto)
Monday, January 26, 8pm
Jane has rules, strict rules. But unfortunately those rules have failed her. Now Jane has a choice - will she drop her last quarter down the sewer?


Augury - by Florence Gibson (Toronto)
Tuesday, January 27, 8pm
When we silence ourselves, we silence all. Based on the life of Emily Stowe, Canada’s first woman doctor, and her famed abortion trial of 1879.


Burning In - by Natalie Meisner (Calgary)
Wednesday, January 28, 8pm
Made famous by an image captured during war, photojournalist Mikelle returns from Iraq.  An unexpected visit from her subject unleashes a searing look at playing spectator to the pain of others.


Away We Go - by Maia Kareda (Toronto)
Thursday, January 29, 8pm
What does an idealistic elementary teacher do with the discovery that one of her students is capable of a horrific act? A collision course of poverty, abuse, and responsibility.


La Communion - by Beatriz Pizano (Toronto/Columbia)
Friday, January 30, 8pm
At the age of twelve, Adriana joins the guerrillas as a way to a better life. Eight years later, she fights the hardest battle yet: becoming a civilian.


Herr Beckmann’s People - by Sally Stubbs (Vancouver)
Saturday, January 31, 2pm
Can a nation reconcile with its history? The daughter of an SS Officer returns to the Fatherland to face her mother, her country and herself.


Stain - by Madeleine Blais Dahlem (Saskatoon)
Saturday, January 31, 8pm
Saskatchewan, 1930s. A French Canadian immigrant clings to the Madonna, isolated and on the brink of madness. A savage look at religious fervour and cultural assimilation.


Tickets: PWYC – suggested minimum of $10
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