For The Love Of Gracie Public Reading
After a week long workshop, For The Love Of Gracie, a new play by Crystal Verge will have a public reading. GCTC Artistic Director Intern, Bronwyn Steinberg directs the extraordinary actors Roseanne Supernault, Catherine Rainville, Deena Aziz and Cassandre Mentor.
For The Love Of Gracie is the story of an earnest young social work student out to ace her PhD at a prison for women where she is assigned to Gracie, a "masters" level inmate who quickly shatters any illusion that corrections theory resembles prison reality. The ensuing relationship between the two women proves harrowing for both.
The play was a finalist (top 10) in Nightwood Theatre's National Playwriting Competition, Groundswell, Toronto, 2014 and (top 4) the Flying Start Program, Touchstone/PTC/Firehall Theatres, Vancouver, 2015
An actor for over 25 years, Crystal committed to playwriting and screenwriting in late 2013. She has written two movies for television, one currently on Lifetime, and is now a finalist in the running for the Hedgebrook Screenwriting Residency with her feature film, Vera's Shadow. She is a member of The Wet Ink Collective in Vancouver.
Crystal built the first sweat lodge at The Burnaby Correctional Institute For Women with Elder Mary Uslick and besides keeping the fire for regular sweats she went on to work as a part-time counsellor at the prison for the next two and a half years.
Director Bronwyn Steinberg is a freelance director who directs frequently in Ottawa. She founded TACTICS, Ottawa's indie theatre series, and is currently interning in Artistic Direction with Eric Coates at GCTC. She has also worked as an assistant director at the Stratford Festival and the Shaw Festival (in co-production with GCTC.)
Bronwyn had one of her most significant theatre (and life) experiences working as an actor in a production of The Hobbit inside William Head Institution, a federal men's prison on Vancouver Island.
We hope you will come and have a voice in the development of this new Canadian play.
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