“Not one winter, but four had passed since the war had made Europe seem like one long trench of suffering.” My new play, We Are the Body, opens with lights up on Elsie, who delivers the above lines, which are featured in a new video about the World Premiere released today by Burnt Thicket Theatre. Her memories are the
I don’t like pain. And I didn’t need a root canal to remind me of that. But the experience was instructive. The toothache, among the myriad things it brought to body and mind, triggered empathy–an identification with others.
It was an exciting week on the She Has A Name front with a series of interviews and stories in the media and a reading from act one of the play in Calgary at Mount Royal University. I’m grateful to the people giving the play airtime, for our PR Wizard who is helping us to get the word out, and for people on the ground locally who are picking up the story because they believe in it, and want to see us succeed.
In July I started to work away on a new play. I left the world of war-torn Europe (where much of my creative thought had been throughout the winter when I drafted a full length play, an exploration of Nazi occupied Holland during the Second World War). I moved my imagination behind the Iron Curtain.
I don’t know about you, but all the bad news of the day, reports of suffering and strife from around the world, is overwhelming and difficult for me to digest. What a blessed life to have the luxury of being overwhelmed by hearing bad news, rather than being overwhelmed by experiencing famine, rioting, or financial disaster first hand.