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Paradise Workshop and Development

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Gwaandak Theatre, in collaboration with the MT Space, will hold a three weeks workshop of Paradise, a new play in development by Patti Flather, an award-winning published and produced Yukon playwright, from Nov. 17 to Dec. 6, 2014, in Kitchener, Ontario.

– ABOUT THE PLAY –

What if we could just fly away? Paradise is a story about people searching for their humanity inside the systems that cage us all. From award-winning playwright Patti Flather, Paradise is a haunting, visceral and moving exploration of the human spirit. Poetic and intensely physical, Paradise reveals four linked characters – an unemployed logger with a war in his head, a family doctor longing for love, a young woman surfing high above her demons, and a university student trapped in the war on terror. Through these highly personal stories, from Canadian neighbourhoods to tourist meccas and secret prisons, Paradise asks, “Who are the terrorists?”

This play is currently scheduled for production with Gwaandak Theatre in March 2015.

WORKSHOP TEAM

Director – Majdi Bou-Matar
Set and Lighting Designer – David Skelton
Sound Designer – TBA
Stage Manager – Hannah Metcalfe

– ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT –

Patti Flather founded Gwaandak Theatre with Leonard Linklater in the Yukon in 1999 to share Aboriginal, Northern and diverse stories on the stage. She has co-produced all of Gwaandak’s productions and tours. Patti has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of B.C. and is an award-winning, produced and published playwright. Her plays with Gwaandak include Sixty Below, West Edmonton Mall, Where the River Meets the Sea, The Soul Menders, the collective creation Tell Me More…, and, upcoming, Paradise. Patti is also a dramaturg, educator, fiction and screenwriter.

The playwright thanks Nakai Theatre for the support in developing this play.

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