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falling : a wake essntial colectiv teatre FALLING:


A WAKE ESSENTIAL COLLECTIVE THEATRE


Imagine the deep quiet of an autumn night, the stillness of a small Niagara farm at rest. The sky is clear and full of stars. Everything sleeps. A distant boom breaks the silence and wakes Elsie and Harold, the owners of this particular farm. A dog barks. Chickens stir. The couple wrap themselves in coats and come outside to investigate. As they do, things begin to fall from the sky, all around them, including – incredibly – a young man…


These are the opening moments of the beautiful, heart-warming and surprisingly funny play Falling: A Wake by Ontario writer Gary Kirkham. The show premiered at Kitchener’s Lost & Found Theatre in 2007, and was later produced by the celebrated Blyth Festival. And now, Niagara’s own Essential Collective Theatre (ECT) is thrilled to present this highly acclaimed play in Robertson Theatre from November 19-29. This show marks the beginning of many ECT productions to come


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at the new FirstOntario PAC. (In February 2016 they will also present the raucous comedy, Poor. Stay tuned for more information about that show!)


ECT’s Artistic Director Monica Dufault, who has worked with the Shaw Festival, the National Arts Centre, Theatre Aquarius, Carousel Players and many other companies big and small, is excited to be directing Falling: A Wake. She chose this play “because it truly is an affirmation of the human condition, of our ability to care for one another, to find beauty and love and even humor in tragic circumstances. I think this is a valuable message to share with an audience.”


Falling: A Wake will star St. Catharines actors Patricia LaRiviere and Alex Guard, who have both enjoyed long careers in Canadian theatre, film and television. Ms. Dufault was pleased to cast this real-life husband and wife, saying: “Every couple has a short hand, a way of communicating based on years of shared experience. So do the characters in this play, and I look forward to seeing how Patricia and Alex draw on their own marriage


to bring the affectionate, teasing relationship of Elsie and Harold to life.”


There are electric moments in our lives when unexpected things occur, creating reverberations that move through us and beyond. Times when we experience a sense of inexplicable wonder. Falling: A Wake gives you this feeling. Don’t miss this play that will touch the hearts of audiences young and old, that will make you laugh, and maybe cry… and definitely wonder!


ECTheatre.ca Essential Collective Theatre


Falling: A Wake by Gary Kirkham Robertson Theatre ALL TICKETS: $30


7PM Wed 18 - Sat 21 Nov Fri 27 - Sat 28 Nov


2PM Fri 20 - Sun 22 Nov Thurs 26, Fri 27 Sun 29 Nov


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