Monday, June 25, 2012
Awakenings: An Original One Act Play
theatre takes you to the edge
Released by Emily Hamel/Voice photo
Katrina Coleman (L) as Daisy and Robin
Bryson as Ainslin rehearse at the Guild Hall on Monday for
Awakenings at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre July 11-15.
Theatre (an offshoot of the Chilliwack Players Guild) is proud to present
Awakenings: An Original One Act Play running July 11 to 15 at the Chilliwack
Cultural Centre in the Rotary Hall.
The storyline follows Ainslin, an environmental lawyer who has let her work
overshadow her personal life. She slips into a dream that she cannot wake up
from, and must confront some personal demons in order to wake up.
Seven local writers have been working on Awakenings since January of this
year, meeting weekly to workshop and bounce ideas off one another. "It was a
really interesting experience to see the story develop this way," says
editor and director Emily Hamel, "each writer initially took on a character
and wrote a monologue.
We then wrote small scenes to weave those stories together." Players Guild
members got in on the creative spirit as well. "We had two read-throughs of
the script open to Players Guild Members. It was great to get their feedback
after each read-through.
Once the show was cast and in rehearsals, the collaboration with Guild
Members continued. Local photographer and videographer Sarah Sovereign and
Matthew Hawkins were invited to work with the cast to create poster images
and a video promo for the show.
"The play is really quirky," says Hamel, "Ainslin is stuck in a dream, and
things get a little weird. I wanted the promotions to reflect the unique
mood of the show, and I think the promos have really captured that mood."
Matthew Hawkin's promo can be seen on the Players Guild website, alongside
Sarah Sovereign's photographs.
While in her dream, Ainslin encounters a few faces from her real life,
including her estranged sister, a nosy neighbor, her ex-husband, and a zany
psychiatrist. Each person she meets brings her closer to realizing the
things she's there to learn. To find out what that is, you'll just have to
come see the show!
Tickets for Awakenings are $15 each, and can be bought by calling
604.391.SHOW, or by visiting the Chilliwack Cultural Centre's website. Show
times are 7.30pm on the 11th-14th, and 2.00pm on the 14th & 15th. Parents
are advised that there is some language and mature content in the show,
audience age is suggested at 16 years and older.
So support locally "grown" theatre that will take you to the edge, come and
see Awakenings: An Original One Act Play! For more information or to arrange
interviews, please contact Emily Hamel at 604-791-7703 or email
Awakenings is written by; Dudley Cox, Ross Biondolillo, Nancy Guitar,
Richard Ogilvie, Haley Smith, Ralph Jones, and Emily Hamel.
For production details please visit the Guild website at
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