This week, West Vancouver’s Kay Meek Arts Centre celebrates the 20th anniversary of Daniel MacIvor’s renowned play Marion Bridge.
When three estranged sisters (Agnes, Theresa and Louise) make the trip home to Cape Breton to care for their dying mother, their shared past resurfaces in all of its tangled intricacy. Eldest sister Agnes, battling addiction and failed ambition, is forced to revisit her most agonizing decision. Middle sister Theresa, a longtime caregiver to their mother is questioning her Catholic faith, while Louise, the youngest of the trio, is struggling towards independence. In the kitchen of the family home, the women circle their respective pain and grief, confront the ghosts of the past, and struggle towards some hope for the future.
Presented with Wing & Prayer Productions and under the direction of Roy Surette, Marion Bridge features the legendary Nicola Cavendish as Theresa, Lynda Boyd as Agnes and Beatrice Zeilinger as Louise, this new production brings MacIvor’s searing dialogue to life with delicacy and bone-deep honesty. Nominated for the Governor General’s Award and adapted for the screen, Marion Bridge is filled with hard-won humanism, flinty humour and a resounding belief in the power of connection.
In addition to celebrating the play’s 20th Anniversary, this production of Marion Bridge will also mark the final stage production by the great Nicola Cavendish. Born in Cirencester, England, and raised in rural British Columbia, Ms Cavendish has amassed an impressive list of credits in her illustrious career. From Stratford Festival, Broadway and national tours with her best known role in Shirley Valentine to her Holiday favourite play It’s Snowing on Saltspring at the Arts Club Theatre, her performances have touched stages near and far.
Catch this special performance of Marion Bridge at the Kay Meek Arts Centre from September 5 – 20, 2018. Tickets are available from the Kay Meek Arts Centre box office or online at kaymeek.com.