Nightwood Theatre Presents GRACE
Exquisitely told in a stunning blend of documentary theatre, striking visual projections and choreography, Grace is a searing piece that ignites a discussion on the failures and limitations of the legal system. "There was no justice, there was just a legal outcome." In the wake of a young woman's disclosure of childhood sexual assault, a family presses charges. A true story about survival, hope, and the pursuit of justice at a time when provability still usurps truth in our courtrooms.
From having first developed the piece through Nightwood Theatre's Write From The Hip play development program, we are deeply proud to present the World Premiere of Grace. "In the #MeToo era, Grace instigates a brutally honest and pertinent discussion about the failure of our legal system by reframing the conversation to involve our lawmakers," says Kelly Thornton, Artistic Director of Nightwood Theatre.
"Ultimately I want this piece to be a rallying piece for survivors and allies. A piece that reminds us of our humanity, of the power of art-making, and holds space for the coming future of our present flawed and outmoded legal system." -Director Andrea Donaldson
*Faced with the conflict between sharing her family's story and protecting their privacy, the playwright has chosen the pseudonym of Jane Doe.
Featuring Michaela Washburn (2018 Dora Award winner for Outstanding Performance in Confederation & Riel) in the role of Grace With Rose Napoli as Sarah, the playwright and Grace's sister And Brenda Robins as the mother, Diane, and Conrad Coates as the father, Steven
Assistant Director - Sadie Epstein-Fine | Sound Design - Deanna H. Choi | Lighting Design - Michelle Ramsay | Projection Design - Laura Warren | Set and Costume Design - Joanna Yu
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: Monday - Saturday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm. Opening Night: Thursday, January 10, 2019. Talkback Tuesdays: January 15 and 22, 2019
In conjunction with our production of Grace, Nightwood Theatre will present a symposium on Saturday, January 12th from 4pm-6pm, onstage at Streetcar Crowsnest. Free to attend. The symposium will consist of two panels: one on the challenges and failures of the legal system faced by survivors of sexual assault, with guest speakers Judge Donna Hakett, prosecutor Jill Witkin, Megan Savard and Deepa Mattoo, and moderated by Christine McGoey; and another on the psychology of memory. This symposium is presented through Nightwood Theatre's Community Engagement Program, generously sponsored by TD Bank.
As Canada's foremost feminist theatre, Nightwood provides an essential home for the creation of extraordinary theatre by women. Founded in 1979, Nightwood Theatre has created and produced award-winning plays that have garnered Dora Mavor Moore, Chalmers, Trillium and Governor General's awards. The company is helmed by Artistic Director Kelly Thornton and Managing Director Beth Brown, whose leadership has received public acclaim for artistic excellence, the successful training and development of emerging female talent, and its ongoing activism around gender equity.
TICKET PRICES: $25-$40. Tickets are available in person at the Crow's Theatre box office (345 Carlaw Ave.), at 647-341-7390, or at crowstheatre.com.