LUNASEA THEATRE PRESENTS A STAGED READING OF
LISA COCHRANE’S WELL HEELED
NOVEMBER 4th and 5th AT THE WAITING ROOM IN HALIFAX
It’s summer 1999. Halifax. Cross-dressing night security guard Arnold Halverston thinks he’s finally found the wife he’s been looking for since Expo ’67. Kirsten Blackie is hoping Arnold will be a subject for her documentary series idea “Oddballs”. Two strangers at cross-purposes enter a studio for a pre-interview chat, resulting in a darkly comic tale of attraction and repulsion, grief and unexpected intimacy.
Performances by Kim Parkhill & Robbie O’Neill
Directed by Martha Irving, Assistant Director Ryanne Chisholm
Friday Nov 4, 2016 at 8pm; Saturday Nov 5, 2016, at 2pm and 8 pm
The Waiting Room, 6040 Almon Street, Halifax
ADMISSION Pay What You Can (cash donations at the door)
LunaSea Theatre is proud to present the first play by Nova Scotia writer Lisa Cochrane. Although Cochrane’s professional background is in contemporary dance, documentary filmmaking and found object sculpture, when introduced to Cochrane’s fiction writing, co-artistic directors Martha Irving and Mary-Colin Chisholm saw the potential for a new work of theatre.
The germ of the play is the relationship between Cochrane and an enigmatic aging cross dresser very familiar to citizens of Halifax. After her documentary on this gentleman Do Shoes Make the Man? failed to materialize over a decade ago, Cochrane’s lasting impressions of their encounter - and earlier dramatic events in her life - eventually became fodder for an evolving work of fiction. Thus inspired, Cochrane was invited to participate in a new mentorship program for female playwrights at LunaSea called The Furnace. After more than a year of dramaturgical development with Mary Colin Chisholm and Martha Irving, seasoned actors Robbie O’Neill and Kim Parkhillnow join director Martha Irving in bringing life to the Well Heeledscript, in a staged reading at The Waiting Room in North End Halifax.
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