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The Soul Menders

November 2009

By Patti Flather



Since her divorce, Bea wants to date plenty of men, complain about her ex and cancel Christmas. Her witty teen son Stephen is determined to create a new Truth of Christmas with stolen street signs, Santa hat and lights. Gordon, a shy math teacher, chats nightly with his late wife but can’t reach his alienated daughter. Erik the jilted forestry executive clings to New Age spiritualism while flirting with Bea. Her proudly single friend Neda aches for her son at university and mother far away in Iran. An intelligent comedy about love-weary people and fractured families struggling to become whole at Christmastime.

The premiere of The Soul Menders was a co-production of Gwaandak Theatre and The Guild. The playwright thanks the Banff Playwrites Colony and dramaturg Bob White for supporting development of this play.

©Bruce Barrett


With Ben Barrett-Forrest, Krystal Dawn, Sophia Marnik, Doug Mayr, Roy Ness, Suzanne Ristic*
Director | Chris McGregor*
Set designer | Dean Eyre
Sound designer | Andrea McColeman & Chris McGregor
Lighting designer | Elliot Hamilton
Costume designer | Kaori Torigai
Movement coach | Anton Solomon
Vocal coach | Rachel Grantham
Properties | Cheryl Kawaja, Alain Jr. Boucher & Chris McGregor
Stage manager | Stephen Dunbar Edge
Assistant stage managers | Jason Westover & Ramona Toth

*Member of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association