COURT HOUSE THEATRE
| June 3 – October 12
by EDWARD BOND
Directed by EDA HOLMES
Set designed by CAMELLIA KOO
Costumes designed by MICHAEL GIANFRANCESCO
Lighting designed by KEVIN LAMOTTE
Original music and sound by JOHN GZOWSKI
“EASY TO LAUGH AT, IMPOSSIBLE TO FORGET”
– The Globe and Mail
In a great storm, a man is lost at sea. Willy Carson has survived a boat accident – unlike his friend Colin. The loss affects the whole village, including Louise Rafi, who rules the town’s society and performs yearly in the town’s production of Orpheus and Eurydice (in which she insists on singing “There’s No Place Like Home.”) Hatch, the local draper, decides the accident is proof that extraterrestrial aliens are about to invade. A mix of comedy and politics, one critic described it as “equally influenced by The Tempest, The Importance of Being Earnest and Invasion of the Body Snatchers.” This is The Shaw’s first production of a play by Edward Bond, a contemporary master.
Edward Bond is without doubt one of the most uncompromising, radical writers produced by England in the late twentieth century and, like Shaw, his plays rocked the world when they were first produced. The Sea is one of Bond’s most accessible works – combining high comedy with disturbing drama, set in an Edwardian England that we are familiar with here at The Shaw – or are we? I am thrilled to be presenting
THE SEA is recommended for ages 17+
PLEASE NOTE the elevator to the second floor of the Court House, which is owned and operated by the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake and where The Shaw’s Court House Theatre is located, is out of commission until the end of the season at which point it will undergo repair. We regret the inconvenience.