Produced by Punctuate! Theatre
A Workshop Offering
Participants: Matthew MacKenzie, Daniel MacIvor & Monica Dottor
The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen Street W
Saturday, September 22, 8:00 pm
Tickets: The performance is free
*RSVP: Brown Paper Bag Tickets
Tix available at the door on a first come, first served basis
A moving, funny, potentially messy evening about the final days playwright Matt MacKenzie spent with beloved Canadian dramaturge Iris Turcott.
On the side of a mountain outside Banff, Iris reached playwright Matthew MacKenzie to inform him she was terminally ill. “The situation we find ourselves in is this.”
In this one-night-only offering, MacKenzie shares his experiences of spending the last two weeks with the woman who, literally, wrote the Miriam-Webster definition of “dramaturge.”
“Staring up at the ceiling—which is what Iris did when she was searching for inspiration, she began speaking about her playwrights and their plays. Like we were staring into the Cosmos, it was as if each of Iris’s writers was a solar system, with each of their plays a planet, or debris, within those systems. Jumping from writer to writer, from play to play, from character to character, she painted an incredible picture. One only Iris could paint, of Canadian theatre, of the essential stories we tell each other.”
Iris Turcott had a direct impact on hundreds of artists and worked with most of Canada’s leading playwrights. Her steadfast belief in the power and necessity of art was something she spoke passionately about until the end.
Just as each writer’s work is unique to them, so too were their relationships with Iris. Using interviews with her writers talking about their plays, their characters and working with her, MacKenzie turns the mirror on Iris in The Situation We Find Ourselves In Is This.
*Seating is limited. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP well in advance.