APRIL 16-18 & 21-25, 2020 - CURTAIN AT 7:30PM - RED DEER MEMORIAL CENTRE - NICKLE STUDIO
THE DROWNING GIRLS
Director/Set Design: Matt Grue
Lighting Design: To Be Announced
Sound Design & Original Music: Dustin Clark
Costume Design: To Be Announced
Makeup Design: Spencer Falkenberg
Hair Design: Kyla Routhier
Stage Manager: Stephanie Grue
Bessie, Alice, and Margaret have two things in common: they are married to
George Joseph Smith, and they are dead. Surfacing from the bathtubs they were drowned in, the three breathless brides gather evidence against their
womanizing, murderous husband by reliving the shocking events leading up to their deaths. Reflecting on the misconceptions of love, married life, and the
not-so-happily ever after, The Drowning Girls is both a breathtaking fantasia and a social critique, full of rich images, a myriad of characters, and lyrical language.
HERE'S WHAT OUR ARTISTIC DIRECTOR HAS TO SAY ABOUT THE PRODUCTION:
Here’s some truth. ‘The Drowning Girls’ was not part of our originally programmed season. It had nothing to do with any lack of love for either it or the production that preceded it, but instead we’d been sent a message from our community of artists, however unbeknownst to them, that inspired some careful consideration as to how we might best reflect that message in our programming.
This season, Ignition received 52 submissions from actors for only two available roles in our April production, which featured one male character and one female character. Of those 52 submissions, 50 were from female identifying actors and only 2 were from male identifying actors. It seemed somehow inappropriate to engage 50% of male applicants and 4% of female applicants and, as such, I went back to my short list of productions I hoped to program and landed on the long desired, ‘Drowning Girls’, which hadn’t yet been programmed due to my personal fears over the immense challenge of mounting such a technically dynamic, visually stunning production that would also push me well out of my comfort zone as a director – things that, in this new light, seemed like destiny waving her magic wand. It also allowed me to engage three mind blowingly gifted actors and better represent the artists hungriest for the opportunities.
‘The Drowning Girls’ is an experience that couldn’t exist in any other medium; I can safely say you’ll never have seen anything quite like it – a combination of physical storytelling, lyrical language and theatrical magic that will beg the question “How’d they DO that?!” – which is to say nothing of the dark, sometimes scary, something bitingly hilarious story of three murdered brides at the hands of their serial killer husband, rising from their watery graves (literally) to share with the audience the story ‘how-he-dun-it’ vs. the traditional ‘who-dun-it’.
This is the kind of show that encourages audiences to lock up season tickets so that they are guaranteed seats to what will surely be
the hottest ticket in town this season.