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'NIGHT, MOTHER: TRAGEDY & TRIUMPH

VANCOUVER, BC: The Good Company Collective is pleased to present 'Night, Mother by Marsha Norman. 'Night, Mother is an intimate portrait of a mother-and-daughter relationship, set in an intense, edge-of-your-seat drama that will keep the audience guessing the outcome to the very last second. It runs October 29-November 13 at the PAL Theatre.

"I'm going to kill myself, Mama", says Jessie, on page 13 of the script. She informs her mother, Thelma, that this will be the last evening of her life, and proceeds to put her affairs in order. What follows is a verbal tug-of-war between these two women as Thelma tries to keep her daughter from carrying out her plan. Set in the living room/kitchen of their small family home, tension rises as time ticks closer to the deadline Jessie has set. Marsha Norman's Pulitzer Prize and Susan Smith Blackburn award-winning play is a lucid and penetrating drama performed by Bronwen Smith and Wendy Morrow Donaldson in one-act over 90 minutes

"I came across 'Night, Mother while I was in theatre school", says Carol Hodge, who directs "Night, Mother brings forth many issues that are rarely talked about, issues that are still considered taboo and shrouded in shame. My hope is that this production will aid in facilitating discussion around some of these issues while at the same time being a first-rate theatre production from an emerging theatre company. I don't believe that 'Night, Mother is a play about suicide but rather a play about tragedy and triumph."

The Good Company Collective was borne out of relationships formed at Biz Books. Smith (who managed the store for 13 years) met Donaldson there, and director Hodge was also a part-time employee in later years. Catherine Lough Haggquist, who lends a hand behind the scenes, is the owner of Biz, which continues to exist in an online capacity.

'Night, Mother, by Marsha Norman is produced by The Good Company Collective, which is a Canadian Actors' Equity Association approved Co-op. It previews Thursday, October 28 and opens Friday, October 29 at 8 pm. It then runs through until November 13 (Sunday and Monday nights dark). There will be weekend matinees at 2 pm on both Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $15 & $20, except for the preview, which is Pay-What-You-Can and Tuesdays, which are Two-for-One. Tickets are available through BizBooks.net, or at the door. Reservations can be made by calling 604-365-9445. All performances take place at the Performing Arts Lodge Theatre, 581 Cardero Street.