Richmond’s Gateway Theatre opens its 2015/2016 season with a production of Michel Tremblay’s uplifting and intimate homage to his mother, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again. Here are five reasons we think you should go.
1. The production features a cast of First Nations actors in this two-hander, with Nlaka’pamux artist Kevin Loring playing the Narrator, and Cree-Saulteaux artist Margo Kane playing Nana, his feisty mother
2. It is first time Gateway Theatre will see an all First Nations cast on its stage, the same cast that compelled audiences alike in the same show at Vancouver’s Talking Stick Festival last year.
3. For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again was voted audience favourite at the Magnetic North Theatre Festival in Ottawa in 2011.
4. Audiences will no doubt recognize some of their own mothers in Nana: from her worries about whether her 10-year old son will spend the rest of his life in jail for throwing ice at a passing car, to her rants about her in-laws, she is a larger-than-life character than anyone can relate to.
5. While comedy is its vehicle, at its heart it is a playwright’s love letter to a mother that didn’t live to see her son’s success.
For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again plays Richmond’s Gateway Theatre (6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond) October 8-24. Visit http://gatewaytheatre.com for tickets and information.