Ghost Light Projects returns in 2013 with a re-worked and updated version of Randie Parliament’s original play Mother May I and a new production of Love! Valour! Compassion!
Originally seen on stage in Vancouver as part of Ghost Light’s season last year, paired with Jordan Patterson’s The Pitch, playwright Randie Parliament (who will also direct) says he was so overwhelmed by the response he received for his play that he knew he needed to look at it again; the result is a script that adds a new character and twenty pages.
“Last year’s production was more of a workshop in so many ways,” says Parliament. “I realized it was still growing and it didn’t need someone else’s show to help support and make it complete.”
Mother May I tells the story of Peter, who returns to his prairie home after fifteen years. A coming of age story of sorts, the play focuses on themes of alcoholism, racism, abuse and overcoming childhood bullying. And while that all sounds pretty deep, it is also comes with a hearty dose of laughs.
More than just the reaction from audiences from the 2012 production, Parliament has also been amazed by the reaction from the returning cast to the new script.
“I was interested in seeing how [the cast] reacted to the changes and characters after living with them for a year,” says Parliament. “As an actor you often think about old roles you’ve done in the past and these actors now have a chance to relive those characters. They’ve all done their homework and going deeper than I ever imagined and they are bringing something new.”
Always looking to the next project, Ghost Light’s season will end with a production of Terrence McNally’s 1994 play Love! Valour! Compassion! at the Havana Theatre in April.
“I have always loved it,” says Parliament as to his choice of Love! Valour! Compassion! as the final show in this season. “It could never have existed without Boys in the Band which is one of my all-time favourite shows.”
Not worried about Love! Valour! Compassion! being dated, Parliament is looking to bring a more modern twist to a play that is nearly twenty years old.
“When I did Boys in the Band I was alarmed how modern you could make it and it didn’t need to be a dated piece,” explains Parliament. “I want to give Love! Valour! Compassion! a new life. An AIDS play is difficult to make current but it deserves to be done.”
Mother May I
22 – 30 March 2013
Love! Valour! Compassion!
19 – 27 April 2013
Visit http://www.ghostlightprojects.com for tickets and information.