february 2019 | Volume 176
Marisa Emma Smith as Maranatha. Photo by Wendy D.
Inspired by true events, this contemporary one-woman comedy finds a spunky 15-year-old Quiverfull Christian girl named Maranatha (Marisa Emma Smith) made to wait alone, day after day, for the arrival of her 28-year-old groom. With hilarious and heartbreaking naivety, she anticipates her nuptials and forthcoming wedding bed while confessing her teenage desires to a God she loves without question. But as she waits longer and longer for her prince to come, will her faith uphold?
Vancouver-based playwright Rosemary Rowe spent years "undercover" on Quiverfull Christian women's blogs and internet chat-rooms — listening to their experiences and discovering how their closed-door societies operate. During a time of US anti-birth control legislation, the #metoo movement, and rise of fundamentalism —The Good Bride strikes a vital balance of brutal truth mixed with absurd hilarity.
Speaking about what drew her to co-produce and perform in The Good Bride, Smith says, "When Rosemary first asked me to perform a reading of this play, I fell in love with Maranatha's quirky optimism. She's so smart and driven while also being so innocent and naive. It's a pure joy to work with such a well-crafted script that sheds light on women inside patriarchy, while also making me laugh out loud!"
Director and Firehall Arts Centre's Artistic Producer, Donna Spencer adds, "Rosemary Rowe has done a remarkable job of getting under the skin of the character Maranatha and revealing her story in a very touching and humorous manner. As the Firehall's Artistic Producer, I'm always excited to offer audiences meaningful stories about the world around us that makes them laugh, breathe with the play's characters, and provoke thought. As a director, I am interested in scripts that create questions and provoke my own considerations around what the world is like beyond my experience. The Good Bride does all of those things while being highly entertaining."
Winner of the 2016 Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for "Outstanding New Play"
"Overflowing with humour, humanity, insights and empathy ... should not be missed." — Louis Hobson, Calgary Sun
"Among the most sharp, funny scripts about faith you're likely to find." — Paul Blinov, Vue Weekly
"Built on questions of belief, straining at the gussets." —Liz Nicholls, Edmonton Journal
Feb 27–Mar 9
Preview Feb 27, Opens Feb 28
Tues @ 7pm | Wed – Fri @ 8pm | Sat @ 3pm & 8pm | Sun @ 3pm | Wed @ 1pm PWYC (Feb 27 & Mar 6) | ASL Interpreted performance March 2 @8pm
CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM
Starring Marisa Emma Smith as Maranatha
Director Donna Spencer, Assistant to the Director Krys Yuan, Set Designer Carolyn Rapanos, Costume Designer Barbara Clayden, Sound Designer CJ McGillivray, Lighting Designer Lauchlin Johnson, Props Designer Diana Bartosh, Technical Director Liz Kraft, Stage Manager Joanne P. B. Smith.
About Rosemary Rowe
Rosemary Rowe is a playwright, essayist, blogger and performer whose plays, cabaret pieces and occasional donut performance art have been produced on stages across Canada. Most recently, her short play Anne and Diana were TOTALLY DOING IT was published in Queering the Way: The Loud and Queer Anthology and her essay Aspiring Lesbian Aunt was published in the LAMBDA Award-nominated anthology A Family By Any Other Name: Exploring Queer Relationships. Rose's play Benedetta Carlini – Lesbian Nun of Renaissance Italy!! was translated into Italian and will be published in 2019. She's currently collaborating with her wife, Kate Trgovac, on a feature film and TV series.
About Alley Theatre
Alley Theatre's past work includes The Ridiculous Darkness, an inter-community production with a 44-person diverse cast; Three Stories Up, a dramatic thriller staged in complete darkness; Mrs. Warren's Profession, a postmodern, immersive and digitally-interactive staging in a punk-rock club; and tours of Little One in which "this excellent company makes every moment count." – The New York Times. Full bio at alleytheatre.ca/about/
About Firehall Arts Centre
The Firehall Theatre Society was incorporated in 1983 and in 1985 established itself as one of the first theatre companies to incorporate Indigenous and culturally diverse artists within its practice. Located in the historic heart of the city, the Firehall strives to produce and present work that highlights and supports Canada's cultural pluralism. In its 36 years, the Firehall has broken through social barriers and helped performance artists of various cultural backgrounds present work to audiences across the country while evolving into one of Canada's most well-respected cultural hubs.
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