You are here: Home Music Beat New West Theatre and Theatre Outré explore the lighter side of death with Vigil
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size
Search

L.A. Beat

New West Theatre and Theatre Outré explore the lighter side of death with Vigil

E-mail Print PDF

New West Theatre has a busy month with three productions taking place all over the city in the next two months.

Erica Hunt and Jay Whitehead star in New West Theatre/ Theatre Outré’s production of  Vigil, Nov. 18-25 at the Trianon Gallery. Photo By Richard Amery
 First up is a “dark comedy with heart,” as New West Theatre  and Theatre Outré bring Calgary playwright Morris Panych’s “ Vigil” to life at the Trianon (104 5th Street South), Nov. 15-25.
“It’s a bucket list role for Jay. And Erica gets to play the old woman we all know and love,” observed director Kathy Zaborsky, who has worked with cast members Jay Whitehead and Erica Hunt with both Theatre Outré and New West Theatre productions.


“It’s my first time directing a straight  ahead play rather than a musical comedy revue,” Zaborsky said.


“Vigil is a classic Canadian play, It has been produced all over the place over the past 20 years,” she said.


 Vigil is about a young man who comes to visit his dying aunt in her attic, but the visit lasts a lot longer than he expected to because she continues to survive.


“ It’s a dark comedy about caregiving for an elderly relative. So anybody who has ever been a caregiver will be able to identify with it,” she continued.


“This play has a lot of comedy, but it also has a lot of heart,” she added.
 “I absolutely love this play,” she said.
Jay Whitehead, who plays the young man, Kemp, is enjoying being part of the production.

Erica Hunt and Jay Whitehead star in New West Theatre/ Theatre Outré’s production of  Vigil, Nov. 18-25 at the Trianon Gallery. Photo By Richard Amery“He comes to visit his aunt, who he hasn’t seen in 20 years. He’s a lonely, miserable kind of guy,” Whitehead described.

 


“I love his story. It‘s such a well written role, I’ve wanted to play it for a long time,” he said, noting the play was a perfect fit for a collaboration between the two very different theatre companies.


“With Theatre Outré, we do really edgy plays, so this fits with our mandate. I think both Theatre Outré and  New West audiences will really enjoy this play,” he promised.
 

New West Theatre veteran Erica Hunt is enjoying the play, though it means she doesn’t have a lot of lines as the elderly aunt Grace most of her acting is reacting to Kemp’s lines.
“Kemp is coming back to visit her one last time, but she isn’t dying fast enough,” Hunt chuckled.


 “ You can see the seasons change. First it’s fall, then it’s winter, then New Years then summer. The two of them develop a really nice relationship, though Grace doesn’t say a lot. So it’s interesting being present in the play though she isn’t speaking much. She’s usually reacting. It’s hilarious. We’ve rehearsed it about 100 times and  I’m always noticing new things. I’m asking Jay ‘did you just say that? That’s so funny,’” she laughed.


Vigil runs at the Trianon Art Gallery, Nov. 15-25 at 7:30 p.m. each night.
 There are also 1 p.m. matinees, Nov. 18 and 25.

 A version of this story appears in the Nov. 15, 2017 edition of the Lethbridge Sun Times/Shopper
— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Share
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 November 2017 09:18 )  
The ONLY Gig Guide that matters

Departments

Music Beat

ART ATTACK
Lights. Camera. Action.
Inside L.A. Inside

CD Reviews





Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner


Music Beat News

Art Beat News

Drama Beat News

Museum Beat News