Ralph + Lina, produced by Dora Award winning Ahuri Theatre, is written by Michele Smith and real life husband and wife, Dan Watson (writer/director of Ahuri’s A Fool’s Life which earned six Dora nominations and won Outstanding Sound Design) and Christina Serra.
The rough and tumble romance tells the true story of Serra’s grandparents – two Italian lovers and their struggles to stay together in the face of World War Two, forced immigration and old age. In the vein of early Fellini (La Strada), the award-winning creative team dives into their own family histories to explore notions of dependence and separation in a passionate acrobatic comedy that radically reinvents the modern melodrama.
The play is directed by Smith and is performed by Watson and Serra.
The show is presented as part of The Independent Creators Cooperative – a new theatre collaboration that brings together three emerging companies – supported by two established companies – Why Not Theatre and Theatre Smith-Gilmour – with three physical theatre productions that inaugurate the BMO Incubator for Live Arts at The Theatre Centre’s new home.