I am Marguerite, the little play that won’t lie down has a new incarnation!!
A few months ago, director Molly Thom challenged me to use the pared down emotional elements of the opera libretto we worked on several years ago as the basis of a new theatrical take on the story using a more multi-media approach.
This reading will concentrate on the interplay and overlap of voices as Marguerite is attacked by her phantoms.
It’s part of Big Ideas, the annual reading series of works in progress from the New Play Development Group at the Alumnae Theatre from May 8 – 12.
I Am Marguerite by Shirley Barrie. Directed by Molly Thom
Wednesday May 8 at 8pm in the Alumnae Studio Theatre, 70 Berkeley St., Toronto. Admission is free.
Summary 1542: Marguerite de Roberval is abandoned by her brother on a deserted island in the Strait of Belle Isle for daring to choose love over duty. Two and a half years later, haunted by the phantoms of those who have abandoned her, half-starved and half-mad, she sees a ship anchoring off the island. Rescue is possible, but…. is the prospect of returning to France more terrifying than another cold winter alone in the New World?
Hope to see you there.
And check out the other plays on offer!!
A scene from Carrying the Calf will be published in Scenes From a Diverse World, International Centre for Women Playwrights, 2013.
Several short films by Shelley Niro, as well as her feature Kissed by Lightning will be shown at the National Portrait Gallery in London, England, in conjunction with a George Catlin exhibition. The short films will be screened on April 25 and Kissed by Lightning will be shown on May 3, 2013.
Watch for Hold Fast, a feature film adapted by Rosemary House from the novel by Kevin Major, directed by Justin Simms, produced by Markham St. Films and Rock Island Productions, and starring Molly Parker to be released later in 2013. I was Story Consultant for this film.