january 2018 | Volume 163
Production photo by Joseph Michael.
Ravishing New Production of Salt-Water Moon comes to the Gateway Theatre.
Director Ravi Jain's stunning new interpretation of David French's Canadian classic Salt-Water Moon rediscovers the raw beating heart at the centre of the story through a minimalist interpretation.
It's 1926, in Coley's Point, Newfoundland, and a young man named Jacob Mercer has returned from the big city of Toronto to reclaim his childhood sweetheart, Mary Snow. Under a star-filled sky, the former lovers fight, flirt and finally confront their tangled emotional history as well as a possible future.
Visionary director Ravi Jain and talented performers Kawa Ada (Jacob) and Mayko Nguyen (Mary) discover essential and universal truths in this unique reimagining of French's timeless love story. The brilliant addition of a musician/narrator, Ania Soul, who sings David French's stage directions, opens up the possibility for the audience to visualize the setting in their own individual fashion. The result is an extraordinary convergence of narrative, image and emotion that beautifully captures the power and resonance of the story. "I am delighted to showcase this extraordinary director's work here at Gateway," says Artistic Director Jovanni Sy. "Ravi has taken one of the great plays from the Canadian canon and interpreted it into something that pays homage to its past and yet feels exactly right for today."
The Gateway's presentation of Salt-Water Moon, part of a Canadian tour that began at the Panasonic Theatre in Toronto and continued to Vancouver, Calgary and Winnipeg, has garnered rave reviews across the country:
This dreamlike, minimalistic revival of the Canadian classic deserves to sit up there with other recent raved-about re-imaginings of American ones – like John Tiffany's takes on Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie, or Ivo van Hove's production of Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge. Jain allows audiences to see French's most popular play again for the first time: Take away the Newfoundland kitsch, the period costumes, the accents and the fiddle music and what you're left with is a bare, beating heart of a play. – The Globe and Mail
Jain's reimagining of the play, in which two ex-lovers reunite in their Newfoundland hometown, is stripped down and simple, but the casting of non-white actors (Mayko Nguyen and Kawa Ada) makes a profound and impactful statement about home, family and breaking the rules. – The Star
Director Ravi Jain's extraordinary production of Salt-Water Moon, David French's classic love story, is elementary in the best sense... Rather than play out the story in the usual manner – a rural house and country road set, period costumes, Newfoundland accents and such – Jain strips the story to its basics. I can't imagine a Salt-Water Moon that better captures that very human blend of affection and tension. – Now Magazine
Featuring: Kawa Ada, Mayko Nguyen, and Ania Soul
Lighting Designer and Production Manager: Kaileigh Krysztofiak
Stage Manager: Tamara Protic
Dates: February 15-24, 2018
Preview: Thurs., Feb.15 @ 8pm Opening: Fri., Feb.16 @ 8pm
Times: 8pm nightly (except Sunday and Monday)
Matinees: Saturday, Feb. 17 & Sunday, Feb.18 @ 2pm / Tuesday, Feb. 20 @ 1pm
Feb 18 @ 1pm – Gateway Forum: Immigrants Onstage
Feb 20 @ 1pm – Tea Matinee
Feb 21, 23, 24 Post-show – Afterplay
Feb 22 Post-show – Talkback Thursday
Venue: Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond, MainStage
About Gateway Theatre
Gateway Theatre enriches the quality of life in Richmond and surrounding communities by creating outstanding professional theatre and serving as a dynamic hub for the performing arts. Incorporated in 1982, Gateway is a vital member of the professional theatre scene in the Lower Mainland and is led by Artistic Director Jovanni Sy. Gateway's professional activity includes a six-show English-language Signature Series, the Pacific Festival of contemporary theatre in Chinese, and a play development program. We also provide theatre education and performance training classes for youth aged 6-18 via Gateway Theatre Academy. As a venue, Gateway Theatre also provides a much-needed rental space for professional and community producers.
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