A girl holds a teddy bear and reaches towards the sky
Don’t miss Lili Beaudoin in Alberta Theatre Project’s Gracie | Photo: David Cooper


Enbridge New Canadian Play looks at faith and family

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Location Martha Cohen Theatre, Arts Commons  215 8th Ave. SE
  • Price $25 - $72
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A young girl from a polygamous community, Gracie treasures her faith and family above all else. But when the time comes for her to be married off, she begins to question herself.

An Enbridge New Canadian Play, don’t miss Alberta Theatre Projects’ moving one-woman show, Gracie.

A co-production with Victoria’s The Belfry Theatre and directed by ATP’s Artistic Director Vanessa Porteous, Gracie’s world is full of faith and family, but as a 15 year-old girl born into in a polygamous community, she feels increasing pressure to conform. Written by Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Joan MacLeod, Gracie is a gripping and tender story about growing up unusual.

“Joan MacLeod is one of Canada’s foremost playwrights. Her writing feels like the tide coming in. Gentle at first, it gradually sweeps you up, leaving you moved and changed,” says Porteous, in a statement. “ATP is proud to have launched three of her plays—The Shape of A Girl, Another Home Invasion, and The Valley, all of which went on to national acclaim. I’m thrilled to direct Gracie, and honoured to work with The Belfry Theatre in Victoria, Joan MacLeod’s hometown. An exciting collaboration, a play of national significance, and a deeply human story.”

The production also marks Lili Beaudoin’s debut role at ATP. A graduate from Studio 58 of Langara College, she is a founding member of Vancouver’s Leaky Heaven Circus.

Gracie runs February 28 to March 18, 2017 at Martha Cohen Theatre, Arts Commons (215 8th Ave. SE).