In the Wake of Wettlaufer, written by Kelly McIntosh and Gil Garratt.
Created with compassion from interviews with some of those most closely affected, including families who lost loved ones, nurses and PSWs working in assisted living, and many others, this new Blyth Festival play asks if our community can ever be the same?
The play follows a group of siblings who are in the process of moving their elderly father into long-term care. The family grapples with all of the struggles families in this circumstance endure: unresolved rivalries, differences of opinion in the level of care, siblings spread across the country, arm wrestles over power-of-attorney, and their own conflicting memories of their lives with their father.
The care home where their father has been placed, turns out to have been the same as one where Elizabeth Wettlaufer committed multiple murders. After the case breaks, and the confession has been made public, the siblings become deeply concerned with the details of the case in the media, and ultimately attend the trial and the inquiry, taking in as many of the commission’s proceedings as they can.
Grappling with the court’s findings, but galvanized by the love of family, the siblings try to understand how all of this could happen in a country such as ours, and try to imagine a better way.
A hard-hitting, but life-affirming story of compassion, family, and hope for change.
Co-Playwrights KELLY McINTOSH & GIL GARRATT
Lighting Designer REBECCA PICHERACK
Set Designer GIL GARRATT
Sound Designer LYON SMITH
Costume Designer GEMMA JAMES-SMITH
Stage Manager CHRISTINE OAKEY
Assistant Stage Manager DANIEL OULTON
JANE SPIDELL Mary
CAROLINE GILLIS Brenda
NATHAN HOWE John
RACHEL JONES Lynn
ROBERT KING Frank
(Photo credit: Terry Manzo)
“In The Wake of Wettlaufer is an important piece of Canadian theatre and one can only hope that it will be shared on many other stages to many more audiences, if only so they experience the powerful closing scene that will force them to examine their own truths, their own family relationships and ponder a profoundly disturbing moment in our history.” ~ Joe Belanger, London Free Press
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