From January 20 to February 19 the Belfry Theatre will present Gracie, a brand new play from Victoria playwright Joan MacLeod. Directed by Alberta Theatre Project’s Artistic Director Vanessa Porteous, Gracie stars Lili Beaudoin. Gracie was commissioned by the Belfry and is co-produced with Calgary’s Alberta Theatre Projects.
Tucked away in a corner of our province is Bountiful, the largest polygamous community in Canada. With her deep insight and compassion, Joan takes us into young Gracie’s world, where events transpire that lead her to question her beliefs.
Like all of Joan’s writing, Gracie abounds with empathy for every soul who struggles to live a good life. It is a gripping and moving story, and I am honoured to have it premiere on our stage.
Set in the polygamous community of Bountiful, BC, Gracie could easily have become a biased and ungenerous look at a way of life that many of us frown upon. In Joan MacLeod’s remarkable hands, it is a story of human beings struggling with family and faith and difficult decisions. -Michael Shamata, Belfry Artistic Director
The Belfry has had a long history with Joan MacLeod, producing seven of her eleven plays. Last season we presented The Valley, a play that explored the complicated and sometimes volatile relationship between law enforcement and people in the grip of mental illness.
Twenty five years ago, the Belfry’s Studio space opened with Joan’s play, The Hope Slide, inspired in part by the Doukhobors, a sect of Russian dissenters who settled in the Kootenay region of BC.
Tickets for Gracie range from $20 to $53 (plus GST). Tickets are available at 250-385-6815 or online at tickets.belfry.bc.ca. Prices are subject to change.