A reading of my Fringe play

In May, my friend David Cheoros invited me to a reading of the play he’s written about my life, for the Edmonton 2012 Fringe Festival. David really has pulled together a great crew!

At the reading, I met director Vincent Forcier. Actors Jenny McKillop (who plays me), Linda Grass and Randy Brososky were there too.

The three actors stood in front of us and read from the script. In the audience were a few of my friends, Moyra Lang (CURA administrator) and Lou Morin (editor/writer), among them.

After the reading, we all sat together and talked about what worked and what didn’t work. Jenny and the others did a fantastic job, and I’m excited to see the final production.

Before I left, I had a few minutes to talk with Jenny. I gave her a red rosary to hang on to during the play. I asked her if she could hold it all the time she’s playing me; I had held a rosary in my hand during my entire trial.

The play premiers on Friday, August 17th at the Strathcona Library.

Visit my blog for more details as we get closer. I hope you can make it!

Telling life stories in Montreal

Montreal Life Stories calendar

Image credit: Montreal Life Stories

This week I’m visiting the beautiful city of Montreal for the first time. I’ve been invited to be part of a round table discussion at the Montreal Life Stories (MLS) Conference, Beyond Testimony and Trauma: Oral History in the Aftermath of Mass Violence. Our presentation is called Survivorship for the Subhuman: Testimony, Narrative, and Memory in the Context of Canadian Eugenics. My team members, Rob Wilson, Moyra Lang, Nicola Fairbrother, Kathryn Harvey and Anne Pasek, will be there. I’m a little anxious and scared at the same time!

> Montreal Life Stories conference details

Meeting Jenny, the actress who will be playing me

A few weeks ago, I was so happy to meet Jenny McKillop for the first time. This talented young Edmonton actress played Beatrice in Maa & Paa Theatre’s production of Firing Lines: Journalist Beatrice Nasmyth Covers the First World War. Jenny will play me in a one-hour production based on my life. The play is scheduled to premiere at the 2012 Fringe Theatre festival in Edmonton. I’m very excited about it.

A wonderful friend retires

On February 9th, I was honoured to give a tribute to lawyer Sandra Anderson at her retirement party. Sandra is a true and dear friend. She’s passionate in her beliefs, and always worked very, very hard. I remember her staying up so many nights, preparing for my sterilization trial. People say she likes a good fight and likes to win. And boy, did she ever fight hard for me! Thank you, Sandra.