Transnational world premiere highlights hope for Canada’s missing women
Saskatoon, SK – Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company / Toronto, ON – New Harlem Productions
Haunted by the disappearance of her sister, Denise desperately seeks out answers to Michelle's disappearance. As she and her husband Daniel grapple with the loss, Denise is visited by Michelle in a series of visions that may help her to find the answers she is looking for.
Playwright Keith Barker came to his inspiration for The Hours That Remain by way of B.C’s Highway of Tears but wants to speak to the much broader epidemic of Canada’s missing women. An epidemic that continues to spread throughout every corner of the nation and one that should feature much more prominently on the public agenda.
David Storch joins the project as director, taking the reins on a theatrical piece closely connected to a surprising number of Canadians. “In a play sadly more topical today than ever, Barker manages to introduce and sustain a hope born of the power of love to overcome evil.”
Barker is currently the playwright in residence at Native Earth Performing Arts (NEPA), and so it is fitting that this play is the inaugural production in NEPA’s new Aki Studio Theatre in Regent Park with the company’s artistic director and powerhouse Tara Beagan in the role of Denise. Beagan is joined by two formidable talents in cast-mates Eli Ham and Keira Loughran on a visual landscape devised by set and projection designer Andy Moro, lighting designer Michelle Ramsay, sound designer Sam Sholdice and Costume Designer Isidra Cruz.
The partnerships on this project speak to its significance. Toronto based New Harlem Productions and Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company in Saskatoon came together to produce the premiere in both cities to extend the reach of this important story. “Our partnership with the Saskatchewan Aboriginal Women’s Circle will see the production run dedicated to the memories of the women who have gone missing and the world premiere performance on the evening of the national vigil.” Says SNTC artistic director Curtis Peeteetuce. The October 4th gathering is a national phenomenon organized by community partner Sisters in Spirit whose cross country vigil is at 129 locations and counting. In Toronto, a concurrent vigil will be celebrated with Native Women's Resource Centre of Toronto and the Action Network on Women’s Human Rights (Amnesty International). Details on dates and locations in all cities can be found at www.nwac.ca/programs/2012-vigil-locations.
New Harlem Productions & Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company present
THE HOURS THAT REMAIN by Keith Barker
Directed by: David Storch
Featuring: Tara Beagan, Eli Ham, Keira Loughran
Assistant Director: Leah Simone Bowen
Dramaturge: Isaac Thomas
Set & Projection Designer: Andy Moro
Lighting Designer: Michelle Ramsay
Sound Designer: Sam Sholdice
Costume Designer: Isidra Cruz
Stage Manager: Richard Cliff
Production Manager: Erin Birkenbergs
Show runs in Saskatoon from October 4 - 14, 2012, at Studio 914 (914 20th Street West). Tickets available at the Box Office: 306-384-7727 or www.persephonetheatre.org.
For more information about the Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company, please visit www.sntc.ca.
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