Partnership produces plays

Local playwrights Robinson Wilson and Lori
Mazey have each penned a story from the perspective
of high school students.

Two provocative and moving one-act plays will

be performed at the Sid Williams Theatre in Courtenay

May 15 at 7 p.m., as part of the theatre

society’s Blue Circle Series, and in partnership

with the Comox Valley Community Justice Centre.

Local playwrights Robinson Wilson and Lori

Mazey have each penned a story from the perspective

of high school students. Wilson’s FrAcTured

deals with the aftermath of a high school shooting

while Mazey’s Torn Rainbow (Sticks and Stones

and Names May Break Me) focuses on the effects

of bullying and discrimination due to homophobia.

A 2013 Vancouver Fringe Festival special production,

FrAcTured will be performed by a cast

from Seacoast Theatre in Vancouver and directed

by Seacoast’s artistic director Scott Swan.

The play has been described as “honest, powerful,

provocative, surprisingly humorous, relevant

and thoroughly engaging.”

The lives of nine high school students have been

FrAcTured since their classmate came to school

with a gun, killing eight students and three teachers,

and wounding 22 more.

The students share – directly with the audience

– the stories of what happened on that life-shattering

day, how it affected their lives, and their search

for understanding and forgiveness.

The continuing occurrence of school shootings

(such as the one in Sandy Hook, Connecticut on

Dece. 14, 2012), underlines the importance of creating

an open dialogue around bullying, violence

and gun control.

The stories are told in the brash, confrontational,

and authentic language of high school students.

Its purpose is to raise awareness and encourage

dialogue by opening our eyes, ears, and hearts to

what is actually happening in high schools across

North America.

Director Scott Swan has been a Canadian theatre

director and producer for over 30 years.

He was the founding artistic director of the Kay

Meek Centre for the Performing Arts in West Vancouver,

and Northern Light Theatre in Edmonton,

and has directed all across Canada – including the

National Arts Centre, the Shaw Festival, and Bard

on the Beach.

Torn Rainbow (Sticks and Stones and Names

May Break Me) is both written and directed by

Mazey and will be performed by Vanier Drama.

It uses an interview format, inspired by another

play The Laramie Project, where students tell

their story of homophobia at high schools.

Mazey, G.P. Vanier’s Director of Theatre Arts

and Dance, is no stranger to accolades, having

won numerous awards regionally and provincially

for various projects, and as coach of the two time

Canadian Improv Games National Champions.

She has a degree in theatre, a Masters in Education,

and is an Associate of Trinity College in

London for Speech Arts.

Mazey has also directed more than 20 musicals

and travels to New York regularly to attend

classes, see productions, and learn as much as she

can about theatre and dance.

The performance of FrAcTured and Torn Rainbow

begins at 7:00 pm. Tickets for this Blue Circle

Series event are $10 for students, $15 for members,

$20 for the general public.

Purchase in person at the Ticket Centre Tuesday

to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., by phone

250-338-2430, or online at sidwilliamstheatre.com.

— Sid Williams Theatre Society

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