“It was a hot night. I remember it clearly.”
New Vintage Theatre is proud to present The Birds – Blackbird by David Harrower and Trevor Schmidt’s Mockingbird Close October 17-21 at The Black Box Theatre. Both plays are tragically compelling and even have unorthodox humour in misery the characters find themselves in.
Blackbird is the story of a young woman who confronts her abuser, now a middle aged man, fifteen years later. The award winning 2005 play, by Edinburgh playwright Harrower, has received critical acclaim worldwide. The Hollywood Reporter has called the play “an examination of love, pain and loss that is both compassionate and unforgiving.” Not for the faint of heart, Harrower’s masterful work has an honest brutality that explores the complexities of an issue that is front and center today. Actors Hillary Omoe (Una) and Doug Brown (Ray) shine as these complicated characters in this challenging work, famously played by Tony nominated actors Michelle Williams and Jeff Daniels on Broadway.
Mockingbird Close by Edmonton playwright Trevor Schmidt is a mystery, a post-modern cautionary fairy tale for adults. Set in the 1950’s, a couple (played by Hailey Sabourin and Graham Daley) loses track of their son at a busy cocktail party and in their desperation to find him they knock on the doors of their very unusual neighbours (played by Elana Bizovie, Chuck Pereen, Tamie Williams and Kevin Morrison) of Mockingbird Close looking for clues. What they find is funny, disturbing and delicious just like The Witch’s gingerbread house in Hansel and Gretel. With the Riverdale feel of Mad Men meets Twin Peaks, the audience will be treated to great surprises as they try to identify who has the son and where in the “perfect” safe suburban community he is.
Following Mockingbird Close audiences can meet the playwright, Trevor Schmidt, who will be on hand to share more about his tragic tale that is both weird and wonderful.
“Audiences will see two plays unlike anything ever seen in Kelowna. They cannot miss the opportunity to see these plays that will leave you thinking and talking about them for months after and to meet an iconic Canadian playwright.” says director Bonnie Gratz.
Blackbird* runs nightly, October 17-20 at 7pm; Language/Subject Matter Warning
Mockingbird Close runs nightly, October 17-20 at 9pm; October 21 at 7pm; Post-show salon with Trevor Schmidt nightly.
The Black Box Theatre, Kelowna
Advance Tickets are $25 (or $40 for a two play pass) from www.selectyourtickets.com
Door Tickets are $35 each/ Season Passes are $125 for entire season and includes one drink per show.
For more information contact New Vintage at firstname.lastname@example.org
New Vintage Theatre is a proud member of The Professional Association of Canadian Theatres and is a finalist in for Arts and Entertainment Excellence Award from The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce. For more about programs, classes for all ages or upcoming shows check out website www.newvintage.ca
*Warning-Blackbird involves frank discussion about the subject of abuse and this honesty includes graphic discussion/language. It is not for children.
Doug Brown and Hillary Omoe in Blackbird. Photo Credit Derek Gratz.
Hailey Sabourin in Mockingbird Close. Photo credit Derek Gratz.
Graham Daley in Mockingbird Close. Photo credit Derek Gratz.
Elana Bizovie in Mockingbird Close. Photo credit Derek Gratz.
Graham Daley and Hailey Sabourin in Mockingbird Close. Photo Credit Derek Gratz