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Theatre Xtra explores “possible worlds” in science fiction production

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University Of Lethbridge’s Theatre XTra is exploring their science fiction side in their new production “Possible Worlds” which runs at the David Spinks Hannah Rud and  Greg Wilson explore possible worlds. Photo by Richard AmeryTheatre, Jan. 26-28.
“There are two stories going on at the same time,” explained director Ryan Reese.
 There is a couple who are trying to make a relationship work played by seasoned veteran Greg Wilson and Hannah Rud while one of them notices the world changing. On the other hand, there is also a pair of detectives ( Rafaela DeCruz and James McCarthy), who are investigating a bizarre set of murders.
“ So it is a science fiction murder mystery,” Reese said.

Possible Worlds was written by Canadian playwright John Mighton won the Governor General’s Award in 1992.
“It’s not as well known as I thought, but it did win a Governor General’s Award. But what drew me to it is it was so interesting. I read it and I read it over and over again,” he continued.

 They have been rehearsing for the play for the past three weeks and are putting the finishing touches on it before opening night.
“We have three relative newcomers who have never been on stage at the University of Lethbridge and one veteran in his first major role,” he continued.

Greg Wilson plays George Barker, one of the lovers.

 Wilson has also been in Festen,  Richard III, the Govt. Inspector and was in the Theatre Xtra production of “Patience” as well.
“ He is going through a series of very different worlds. He is trying to find the right fit. The worlds are different,” Wilson said of his character, not wanting to reveal any more about the story.

Hannah Rud and  Greg Wilson explore possible worlds. Photo by Richard Amery
Hannah Rud is looking forward to being in her first University of Lethbridge show.
“It’s my first one  since I transferred here from Medicine Hat,” she said.
“It’s been incredible. The people have been incredible and the script is incredible,” said Rud,  making her debut with the University of Lethbridge. She plays Jocelyn, the other half of the lovers, but who isn’t aware of the changing worlds.

Wilson is enjoying the camaraderie of the small cast which is enhanced by the short rehearsal time.
“ When you have small cast, they become like your surrogate families. You really get to know them. And it’s very difficult to say goodbye after. It’s very different than in a very big cast like the Govt. Inspector and Richard III , where you hardly get to know them. Those are great, but I really miss the intimacy,” Wilson said.

The production runs at 8 p.m. each night, Jan. 26-28 and a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday afternoon.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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