Photo and art by Bold Rezolution Studio.
Photo and art by Bold Rezolution Studio.

First seen as a workshop production at the 2016 rEvolver Theatre Festival, Vancouver playwright Christine Quintana and violinist Molly MacKinnon have reunited for the world premiere of Delinquent Theatre’s Never The Last.

Here are five reasons why we think you should check it out:

1. A love story for the ages

Inspired by the life of composer Sophie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatté, Never The Last chronicles the ten-year love affair between the Russian-born, Canadian immigrant and German expressionist painter Walter Gramatté.

2. The trailblazer

Considered one of the most innovative composers of early twentieth century Europe, many of Eckhardt-Gramatté’s innovative and experimental works were nearly lost in her male-dominated field before her immigration to Canada in 1950.

3. Foundational work

Never the Last draws from biographical information, recordings, and documents provided by the Eckhardt-Gramatté Foundation in Winnipeg.

4. Eckhardt-Gramatté’s work performed live

Set to a score of Eckhardt-Gramatté’s solo violin works, it is performed live by MacKinnon on stage as she executes Kayla Dunbar’s choreography.

5. The creator’s pedigree

Never The Last was created by 2017 Siminovitch Protégé Prize-winning playwright and actor Christine Quintana and gifted Vancouver-based violinist Molly MacKinnon.

Never the Last plays Vancouver Civic Theatre’s Annex (823 Seymour St, Vancouver) as part of the SeeMore Theatre Series on April 9–20. Visit delinquenttheatre.com for tickets and information.