PAGAN LOVE SONGS FOR THE UNINITIATED by Sue Balint, directed by Eric J. Rose, with Darryl Hinds and Alison Jutzi. Presented by Invisible Elephant at the Factory Mainspace. August 2 at 5:30 pm, August 4 at 4 pm, August 5 at 1:30 pm, August 8 at 8:30 pm, August 9 at 11 pm, August 11 at 2:30 pm. Rating: NNNNN
sue balint's first play, pagan Love Songs For The Uninitiated, keeps comin' home to momma.She wrote it in 1993, her first year at Queen's, and two years later it won a university prize and was published in a 100-copy chapbook. It went on to a successful high-school staging in 1997 and a lauded revised production at the 2001 U of T drama festival.
"I had no knowledge of how to write a play when I created it," laughs Balint, whose 1999 work, fforward, received a pair of Dora nominations in Daryl Cloran's production. "It came from a sweet and naive place. I think I was reading William Blake at the time."
In a series of sometimes separate, sometimes connected speeches, a young man and woman recount their lives and dreams. The man's had a difficult upbringing, while the woman has had a seemingly perfect childhood. The result? There's a big gap in how they view the world, though their paths cross in unexpected ways.
"In the U of T show, director Eric J. Rose found a through line," she says. "It's the strength of childhood memories and childlike qualities that these two people share. You have to highlight the innocence early on, to make the point that we all grow up into a less than innocent adulthood.
"There's a dreamlike quality to the piece, and that dreaminess -- or sometimes nightmarishness -- lets the audience imagine, maybe leap into, a surreal world. That's one of the joys of theatre.
OTHER SUMMERWORKS PREVIEWS
RICHARDTHESECOND written and performed by Matthew MacFadzean, directed by Rebecca Brown. Presented by Nation of Aslan at Artword. August 2 at 11 pm, August 5 at 8 pm, August 6 at 3:30 pm, August 9 and 11 at 6:30 pm, August 12 at 5 pm.
YAGAYAH - TWO.BLACK.WOMYN.GRIOTS written and performed by debbie young and Naila Belvett, directed by ahdri zhina mandiela. Presented by b current at Artword. August 2 at 9:30 pm, August 4 at 11 pm, August 5 and 12 at 2 pm, August 9 at 8 pm, August 11 at 12:30 pm.
S&M* by Gordon Portman, directed by Nicole Stamp, with Duff MacDonald, Sean Tyson and Alison Lawrence. Presented by Seeing the Emperor at the Factory Studio. August 2 at 10:30 pm, August 4 at 2 pm, August 5 at 8 pm, August 6 at 1 pm, August 9 at 10:30 pm, August 11 at 6 pm.
EAST OF THE SUN, WEST OF THE MOON created by the company, directed by Kate Cayley, with Amy Stewart, Janice Rieger and Simone Rosenberg. Presented by Stranger Theatre at the Factory Studio. August 2 at 9 pm, August 4 at 3:30 pm, August 5 and 10 at 6:30 pm, August 7 at 8:30 pm, August 11 at 12:30 pm.
VAN GOGH written and performed by Bill Kischuck. Presented by Whiplash Theatre at Artword. August 3 at 9:30 pm, August 4 at 6:30 pm, August 6 at 12:30 pm, August 7 at 10 pm, August 10 at 8 pm, August 11 at 5 pm.