This month we're reading 'Amigo's Blue Guitar' by Joan McLeod, winner of the 1991 Governor General's Award for Drama.
As part of a school project, 19-year old Sander sponsors a young Salvadoran refugee, Elias, to live with his family on a small island off the coast of British Columbia. It's a gesture filled with good intentions, but Sander and his family soon discover that bringing Elias into their lives, a young man who has grown up in a volatile political climate, is far more complicated than they could have anticipated.
We want to take a look at what the play meant when it premiered in 1991 and how it might speak to a Canadian audience today. Present at the reading will be a member of the original cast, Governor General Award winning playwright Guillermo Verdecchia. After the reading we'll have a chance to discuss the original production with him as well as the KARE intiative he is currently involved with: Kensington Assistance for Refugees (KARE) is a refugee sponsor group that is working to bring a Syrian refugee family to the Toronto area by the end of 2016
The Howland Company Reading Group is a free event held in and around the last Monday of every month. Anyone is welcome to drop by, cold-read a part in the chosen play (copies are provided and roles are assigned and switched around on the fly) and get the opportunity to engage in discussion, and meet people in the community.
Come on down and join us! We will be meeting at 6:30PM in the lobby of Canstage's Berkeley Theatre on Monday, April 25th.
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