A night at the Fringe

Taking a bow after Saturday night’s production of Invisible Child, with actors Linda Grass, Jenny McKillop and Randy Brososky.

Last night I saw Invisible Child: Leilani Muir and the Alberta Eugenics Board, at the Edmonton Fringe Festival. The play was written by Dave Cheoros and directed by Vincent Forcier.

I was flabbergasted. I can’t believe how well they all did, and I am so glad I gave Dave permission to do the play.

When the project first started, I was very nervous. I thought, ‘What did I get myself into?’ Then, when I watched the play yesterday, I knew Dave couldn’t have picked better people to do the job.

I never dreamed this would happen. Thank you, Dave.


Child Play

Last week Dave Cheoros arranged a photo call for the cast of Invisible Child: Leilani Muir and the Alberta Eugenics Board: —Linda Grass, Jenny McKillop and Randy Brososky—at the old McKay Avenue School.

I enjoyed watching the shoot, and even had a few pictures taken with Jenny. We had such a good time together, we couldn’t stop laughing! Jenny is such a good person and a talented actor. I’ll bet her parents are very proud of her.

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.

January 25, 1996: 16 years later

Reading this news release brings back emotions I felt 16 years ago to this day. That morning, I left the hotel to meet my lawyers, Sandra Anderson and Jon Faulds, at the Field Law offices in Edmonton. We were told the day before we’d hear the judge’s decision at 8:30 am, before the news release went out at 10:30 am. The press conference was scheduled for 12:30 pm. Oh my gosh, we laughed and cried when we heard! I remember making the sign of the cross and thinking, Jesus thank you, it’s over.

“What they did was wrong. They were playing God with the lives of thousands of people… This decision should make it easier for others who were treated like I was to come forward now and begin their own healing… I hope my fight is over now, and I can get on with my life.”

> Field Law News Release, January 25, 1996 — page 1 & page 2