You are invited to a Sneak Peak Reading of a new play in development, Buffalo Girls by Vancouver playwright Nicola Harwood.
Featuring Tasha Faye Evans, Marci T House, Bill Marchant and Dawn Petten and directed by Diane Roberts. There will be a talkback afterwards with the actors, the director and the playwright, and we look forward to opening up the conversation to you, our audience.
About the play:
In the tradition of Beckett and set in the specific landscape of the western plains, we find three mannish women performing as freaks of nature in a seedy circus, doing acts whose entertainment value is questionable at best. In the day, the women perform their circus acts and at night they plot escape. As they prepare to attempt a break-out, they are continually sidetracked by fantasy, alcohol and gambling, by their need to compete with one another and by the ringmaster, who needs the women in order for the circus to survive. When the dissolution of the circus is revealed, the women captives discover they may not be prepared for their desired freedom after all.
In Buffalo Girls, queers become a metaphor for all of humanity. Alternately fueled by our ideals and our fear, we are all freaks, bordering on extinction, preferring the comfort of empty spectacle and captivity to the chill of truth. Meanwhile, the circus is failing, the dust bowl encroaching.
DATE: Saturday, May 2nd 2015
LOCATION: The Multimedia Room at Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre