Artistic Director's Statement
As I write this there is great hope that for our 2021 -2022 season the pandemic of Covid-19 is behind us. Post-pandemic I would like nothing more than for our theatres, the world over, to be filled to the brim with people experiencing a live performance of something together. Last year I was destroyed to have to postpone THE SYLVIA EFFECT, but what use is a play if no one is there to see it? To tell you the truth I think Sylvia Plath herself might have had something to do with the changing of the schedule, for we have rescheduled this show at the first availability of the delicious cast we have collected and so, as fate might have it we will be opening the world premiere Canadian Legend Peter Hinton-Davis's THE SYLVIA EFFECT on OCT 27 2021 which would have been Sylvia's 89th birthday! And this play celebrates her Poetry as much as it explores her pain. It will certainly be the longest anticipated play of Theatre KIngston's History I imagine, as we cast the play a year earlier.
Our next offer has also been in the works for a long time, when I first became Artistic Director of Theatre Kingston I reached out to Drew Carnwath, a favourite playwright, and Queen's Graduate, and asked for a new play with a cast of two powerful, interesting and sexy women. Mercy is the play that has come from this request and it promises to be an intriguing psychological thriller with characters that people love to play. The power of Pleasure. I can't wait to bring this to you. Two new Canadian plays.
I know, you may have hoped to see something silly and familiar after being cooped up at home for a year, or more. Yes, I understand, but that's not what we do at Theatre Kingston. If I have my way we will have lots of gatherings after each show. That's when I promise you we can be silly. The thing about Theatre is that it gathers us together. That is its power, that is its pleasure.
Much love, and see you at the Theatre!