If you didn’t already have an excuse to visit the lower Don Valley, Canadian playright and Fringe favourite Dave Carley will be on hand this Tuesday for a special fundraising performance of After You at Todmorden Mills. Performed by the East Side Players, the resident theatre group at Papermill Theatre, the two-act drama is a reflection on how the aged see things differently than the young. It tells the story of Adele and Jean, two cousins in their late seventies and dying, who return to their family cottage to enjoy one last summer. But memories invade their sanctuary, forcing them to relive the summer of 1938 when one young man determined the paths of their lives. The local press has called the show “deep and dramatic,” and strong performances “ranging from sarcastic and humourous to angry and emotional.”
In addition to introducing the play, Carley will be on hand for a post-performance reception with Ontario craft beer, wine and door prizes. All proceeds raised at the fundraiser will go towards establishing a Playwright-in-Residence program at Todmorden Mills in the fall of 2008. The Playwright-in-Residence would spearhead an Under 20 Playwright Contest, tutor the entrants, and help the winner professionally stage his or her play. Supporting young Canadian artists is a cause anyone can get behind, and the program will make a great addition to the public library’s existing screenwriter-in-residence and writer-in-residence programs.
Carley’s introduction for the fundraising performance starts at 7:30 p.m. on June 3rd. Tickets are $30 and available by calling 416-396-2819 or by stopping by the Papermill Theatre box office at 67 Pottery Road. Performances of After You will also take place tonight and on June 4 to 7 with a matinee on June 1.
Photo by jgrantmac.