Two performances: 2pm and 7pm
Dark Glass Theatre presents TRESPASS: A Storytelling Event featuring true, personal stories of love, betrayal, hope, and forgiveness, intended to foster compassion and spark discussion. There are two performances on Friday, September 22 at 2 pm and 7 pm at the Mennonite Heritage Museum in Abbotsford. Each performance features a different roster of storytellers and musicians, as well as food, fun, and conversation. Additional shows take place September 23 (Richmond), September 24 (Vancouver), and September 26 (Langley). For details and tickets, go towww.darkglasstheatre.com.
True, personal stories that promote empathy.
Dark Glass Theatre, the company that brought you disPLACE: Refugee Stories in Their Own Words, presents TRESPASS, a performance of true, personal stories of love, betrayal, hope and forgiveness. Each event features a different roster of powerful storytellers and musicians who have been inspired by Martin Luther King’s words:
We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive, is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us, some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
The stories are as diverse as the people telling them but each one expands our perspective and deepens our understanding of the human experience. Here are a few brief tastes of the stories to be told in Richmond:
“What had been my refuge since birth became a dark place that made me question everything.” – artist Stacey Chomiak
“The silence and ignorance is unfathomable.” writer and filmmaker, Ruth Derksen-Siemens
“I see infinite threads of starlight streaming towards me. Even the stars have mercy, I think.” – writer and professor, Lynn Szabo
“Everyone knew it was happening but nobody did anything, including me.” – Director of the Humanitas Centre, Myron Penner
Each story invites us on a journey of discovery, as the storyteller reveals a particular episode in their lives that changed them in some way. Stories might be touching, poignant, shocking, or funny but every story is true and personal, and every one is told from the heart. The performances include several stories set to music, as well as food, fun, and conversation.
Other storytellers in Abbotsford include Uliana Akulenko, Mariam Barry, Leah Cameron, Tre’ Cotton, Kevan Gilbert, Emmett Hanly, Kaitlin Lanigan, Krista Lanigan, Aimee Leduc, Keenan Marchand, Jane Oliphant, Peg Peters, Diana Squires, and Tunji Taylor-Lewis.
TRESPASS: A Storytelling Event in Support of Dark Glass Theatre runs for five performances:
Friday, September 22 @ 2 pm and 7 pm at the Mennonite Heritage Museum, Abbotsford
Saturday, September 23 @ 7 pm at Trinity Western University, Richmond
Sunday, September 24 @ 7 pm at Pacific Theatre, Vancouver
Tuesday, September 26 @ 7 pm at The Watershed Arts Café, Langley
For more information and tickets, go to www.darkglasstheatre.com. Tickets for the matinee are $15 and all evening performances are $20 online, $25 at the door.
Dark Glass Theatre tells stories that enable us to see, face to face, people we might not otherwise meet, thereby decreasing judgement, increasing compassion, and fostering empathy. Founded in 2016, our shows include disPLACE: Refugee Stories in Their Own Words; TRESPASS: A Storytelling Event; and RUINED, by Lynn Nottage. RUINED will be presented in January/February 2018 as part of the Pacific Theatre season in Vancouver. For more information, go to www.pacifictheatre.org