Alien Creature – A Visitation from Gwendolyn MacEwen by Linda Griffiths
Gwendolyn MacEwen was one of Canada’s greatest poets and Linda Griffiths was one of Canada’s finest playwrights. Griffiths has created a magical text of story-telling in which the ghost of MacEwen visits a contemporary audience to tell tales of her life, her work, her inspiration – and her death. Griffiths does not try to emulate the inimitable style of MacEwen’s writing, but wisely, and theatrically, follows her own instincts as a playwright so that we are in awe of both the content and the form. This play was a Governor General Award nominee.
“The results are irresistibly audacious and gripping—what could have been sad commentary on a wasted life is elevated to the highest art. Dare to dive deep into the power of the creative female in this encounter with MacEwen and Griffith’s genius.” Janis Lacouve
“A young actor, Perry shows promise in a challenging role that’s not for the faint-hearted. MacEwen is a perplexing batch of contradictions — almost everything about her life seems a paradox. Capturing this, and making it riveting theatre, is a formidable task.” Times Colonist
“Tannis Perry’s performance is exciting, daring, and makes palpable Gwendolyn’s struggle to be an artist. But this is not a pity-pot parade; abundant humor keeps us engaged.” CVV Magazine
“Overall, Alien Creature was a brave attempt to explore the paradoxes of being an artist— the love of creation versus the pain of exposing oneself, the joy of imagination versus the harsh reality of art as business. Tannis Perry’s performance as MacEwen was bursting with heart.” Marble
Directed by Jocelyne Lamarche. Starring Tannis Perry
Preview 8pm: Feb 17
8pm: Feb 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 28, Mar 3, 5, 6, 7
2pm: Feb 21, 28, Mar 7
Reservations and Ticket Sales
Through TICKET ROCKET: http://ticketrocket.org/ or 250-590-6291 (price will include a $2.50 surcharge).
Ticket prices: $14 (regular), $10 (seniors, students, unwaged)
Feb 17 – Preview is $7
Tuesday, Feb 24 is Pay-What-You-Wish admission
The show is approximately 70 minutes in length, with no intermission.
Subscribers and complimentary tickets: to make a reservation, please reserve directly through Theatre Inconnu at 250-360-0234, or by email.
We are handicap accessible. And for those with special seating needs, please make your reservations directly through Theatre Inconnu (see above).
Theatre Inconnu is located at 1923 Fernwood Road (across the street from the Belfry Theatre). For parking we suggest the side streets west of Fernwood Road as these do not have parking restriction signs.