Prairie Theatre Exchange: Gracie by Joan MacLeod, October 11- 29
October 12, 2017 - October 29, 2017
Preview - October 11, 2017
A gripping and tender story about growing up "unusual"
Gracie was born into a polygamous community, and brought across the US border to Bountiful, BC at the age of eight, when her mother became the eighteenth wife of an elder there. A lively and irrepressible child, her world is full of faith and family, but by the time she is fifteen, and at marriageable age, she feels increasing pressure to conform. Will she dare to take the leap and step into the outside world? In this stunning new play, we see the world through Gracie's eyes, presented with deep empathy and compassion by Governor General Award-winning playwright Joan MacLeod
"Gracie, both the character and the play, are so accessible that we feel haunted by what we glimpse in these 90 minutes together." – Calgary Herald
Bob says: "Joan MacLeod is one of the best playwrights working in Canada today. She is intelligent and adept at looking into the heart of her characters. She has written a fascinating look at the life of a young girl who is discovering her own power. Gracie might appear to be defined by crossing into that community, but she discovers who she truly is as she contemplates an alternate path, which may lead outside the world she knows."
Director: Robert Metcalfe
Set Designer: Brian Perchaluk
Costume Designer: Brenda McLean
Lighting Designer: Larry Isacoff
Original Music & Sound Design: Don Benedictson
Stage Manager: Chris Pearce
Apprentice Stage Manager: Laura Gow
Assistant Director: Dora Carroll
Samantha Hill Gracie