Taking Off premieres at Belfry Theatre


From February 21 to March 12 the Belfry Theatre will present Taking Off, a brand new play written and performed by Deborah Williams and directed by James Fagan Tait.

Life seems like one big To Do list for Minnie: a middle-aged, middle class, mildly medicated mother, wife and self-employed “daughter for hire.” What she needs is a weekend away with her BFF.

“Deborah Williams played dear, sad Sonia in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and is one of the writer/performers of Mom’s the Word. This is the first play that Deborah has written on her own and we’ve been involved in the script’s development for a couple of years. I programmed this play because it speaks to our audience, and it speaks with Deb’s wry, sardonic sense of humour, and her enormous heart.” Michael Shamata

Deborah is an insightful performer and writer known for her dark eye for comedy. She is a graduate of the acclaimed Studio 58 acting program in Vancouver, and has worked on stages across the country for the past 20 years.

Her television credits include two seasons of writing and performing comedic monologues for Life Network’s “Family and Friends”, CBC’s “Spilled Milk” and “Becoming My Mother” for the CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival. Deborah is the host of The Flame storytelling series in Vancouver and at the Belfry.


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