Judith Thompson’s Lion in the Streets explores the burden of memory and the power of forgiveness

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Judith Thompson’s Lion in the Streets explores the burden of memory and the power of forgiveness

Published on September 28 2012


Brock University
Media Release
St.Catharines, ON
January 24, 2012
 
Judith Thompson’s Lion in the Streets explores the burden of memory and the power of forgiveness
 
Brock University’s Department of Dramatic Arts presents Judith Thompson’s Lion in the Streets, to be held on stage at the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, Brock University on February 16, 17 and 18, 2012.
 
Seventeen years after her murder, the ghost of nine-year old Isobel, a Portuguese immigrant, is searching for her killer. Initially prey herself to rage and violence, she watches over the living, suffers with them, and finally experiences the possibility of salvation.
    
Judith Thompson has long been one of the country's most respected contemporary playwrights. She has received the Governor General’s Award for Drama twice for The Other Side of the Dark in 1989 and White Biting Dog in 1985, and the Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award two times for Lion in the Streets in 1991 and I Am Yours in 1987.
 
Directed by Danielle Wilson and designed by David Vivian, the production also features contemporary movement choreographed by Gerry Trentham, Artistic Director of Toronto’s pounds per square inch performance company. The production will showcase eight second- to fourth-year Brock students: Kaitlin Race, Emma Bulpin, Kédie McIntyre, Olivia Jackson, Tanisha Minson, Dylan Mawson, Matt DaCosta, and Jonathan Phillips, with assistant direction by Rebekka Gondosch.  The students will be playing a total of 29 roles, with additional assistance from students studying in the areas of production, stagecraft, design and directing.
 
Director Danielle Wilson states, "Lion in the Streets provides a window into the private lives of people living in an ordinary neighbourhood in Toronto. As a society we operate on the level that everything is fine on the surface. Through Isobel's journey, we witness the darkness or the 'lion' stirring beneath the surface of the people living in her neighbourhood as we are given a glimpse into what really happens behind closed doors. The brilliance of this intensely provocative play is that it is also very funny and very beautiful."
 
“…people make themselves comfortable, by saying, “Oh, that play is not about me, it’s about the underbelly.”
     ~ Judith Thompson
 
Lion in the Streets is a play in which the raw obsessions of the characters erupt forth in heightened, surreal and imagistic language. Performances run: Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17 at 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Held in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, Brock University. Tickets are $15 adults; $12 seniors/students; $10 groups; $5 eyeGo high school ticket program, and are available from the Centre for the Arts Box Office: 905.688.5550 x 3257 or online at: http://arts.brocku.ca/ This production contains mature language, sexual content and violence.
 
Such programs from the Department of Dramatic Arts are an integral part of the Marilyn I. Walker Schoolof Fine and Performing Arts’ mandate in building connections between the community and the breadth of talent and creativity at Brock University.
 
Media Day: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 6:00 p.m., held at the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, Brock
University.

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For interviews please contact:
Marie Balsom, Communications
Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts
T: 905-688-5550,ext. 4765 
E:
 mbalsom@brocku.ca  
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 www.brocku.ca/finearts
Picture of the Lion in The Streets Mainstage Image