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To see or not to see

A play is work. It is not “working in the salt mines work," but there are long hours, high emotions and lots of people and, hopefully, money to manage.

Ironically, the bulk of time getting a play ready for production is before all the actors start rehearsing; it is finding a way to get it on the stage and this process can sometimes take years.

An example of this is the new play by Ruth Bieber premiering this week at The Mary Irwin Theatre in Rotary Centre For The Arts. 

I met Ruth almost five years ago when I had recently moved to Kelowna from Calgary. We shared mutual experiences as artistic directors who worked with theatre companies there and Ruth kindly offered her extensive expertise on our very first board of directors. 

Those were exciting, yet difficult times trying to get New Vintage Theatre on its feet and Ruth was always there.

All the while she was developing numerous projects of her own-she is an award winning director, artist and producer who has worked on stage, film and in galleries around North America. 

She is also a high profile advocate for the disabled and a playwright who has been tirelessly working on getting her play,To See or Not To See, read, workshopped and now produced. 

To See or Not To See is Ruth’s journey as a visually impaired artist. From her birth to present day, Ruth’s large cast play, which stars another award winner, Janet Anderson, is a complex and harrowing tale I was fortunate to read back in those early days of New Vintage. 

Filled with shamans and ironically, vision quests, the story is highly personal and emotional.

As a dramaturg, I saw there were things about the play that presented challenges to it seeing production, but Ruth has pulled together a team that will impress and has seasoned director Phillip Wagner from Vernon at the helm. 

It may have taken time, but having been fortunate to be at other projects Ruth has produced, I can tell you the audience will be there to support this amazing woman’s play.

To See Or Not To See runs October 20-22 at The Rotary Centre For The Arts. Tickets are available from www.rotarycentreforthearts.com.

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About the Author

Bonnie Gratz is an actor, director, and playwright. She is the Artistic Director of Kelowna's New Vintage Theatre, and a member of the Playwright's Guild of Canada and The Literary and Dramaturges of North America. 

For more on Bonnie, check out www.bonnie-gratz.com or check out www.newvintage.ca

Contact Bonnie at:  [email protected]

 



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