by Lorraine Payette, written August 17, 2015
Brett (Andrew Kushnir) and Drew (Paul Dunn) enjoy the moment in “Bed and Breakfast” – photo by Jay Kopinski for the Thousand Islands Playhouse
(Gananoque, ON) Hello, World, and welcome home to Gananoque! In this world premiere production, playwright Mark Crawford is well on his way to proving himself an absolute genius in his creation of “Bed and Breakfast”, a romantic dramady about two boys from the big city of Toronto who end up moving to small town Ontario and opening a bed and breakfast.
Ashlie Corcoran picked another winner when she chose to produce this play written under last year’s Playwrights’ Unit. – to read more>
Julia Mackey in Jake’s Gift
by Lorraine Payette, written July 3, 2014
“We’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when,
But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day…”
– We’ll Meet Again, sung be Vera Lynn
(Gananoque, ON) Bernière sur Mer lay tired and war weary as June 6, 1944, dawned in Normandy. Little did its residents know that this day of all days was to be remembered throughout time as D-Day, and that their tiny town would be identified as Juno Beach.
Jake’s Gift is a one-woman show that returns us to Juno Beach for the 60th anniversary celebrations of D-Day, for a look at remembrance and appreciation from a different perspective. For the Canadian forces, this was a place of great loss and tragedy, a place to rediscover old pains and sorrows and take the time to visit the final resting places of those who never returned, but for the residents – those who participated in D-Day because it was thrust upon them by fate and location – this is a time to rejoice. This is the anniversary of their great liberation from the Nazis, a glimpse of that future world made free. – to read more>