MAA & PAA Theatre produced an award-winning play based on Leilani Muir’s life. It premiered at the Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival in August 2012.
Winner, Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for drama, 2013 Alberta Literary Awards
Invisible Child: Leilani Muir and the Alberta Eugenics Board was written by Dave Cheoros of MAA and PAA Theatre and directed by Vincent Forcier. The play balances context and information about the eugenics legislation and activities at the Provincial Training School with the need to put forward a single person’s powerful experiences.
Leilani O’Malley Muir dedicated her memoir ‘To all the children of the world who have suffered abuse in any way.’ This captures the essence of the theatre company’s goals in developing this play – to ensure that children are empowered to speak up for themselves, and that those professionals who are there to help potential abuse victims, understand the importance and seriousness of their role.
There’s a wide range of programs out there today to empower children, and to engage the compassion and determination of their protectors. However, we hope that this production might provide an object lesson that better motivates through its extremity and candour, than through a hundred statistics.
Leilani O’Malley Muir, author and social activist
MAA & PAA Theatre Society develops original performances based on historical documents and images from Alberta history. MAA & PAA presents its programs at the theatre’s own venue at the Edmonton Fringe Festival, and in cities across Alberta. In 2010, MAA & PAA Theatre was awarded the Archives Society of Alberta’s Alan D. Ridge Publications Award of Merit (Other Media). Three of the theatre’s plays appear in the Brindle & Glass book, Her Voice, Her Century — Letters from Battle River, Respecting the Action for Seduction, and The Unmarried Wife.
David Cheoros (author) is a theatre director, producer and playwright with more than 20 years of experience and 50 productions. He is co-director of MAA & PAA Theatre. Past positions have included Director of the Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival, Executive Director of the Film and Video Arts Society, General Manager of Theatre Network, and Program Plan Coordinator for Edmonton’s EXPO 2017 bid. David teaches at MacEwan University and is the Executive Director of Metro Cinema.
Randy Brososky (actor) acts in plays, films, television, cartoons and radio. Occasional street performing with knife-juggling and fire-breathing. He is also the creator of Necessary Evil. A dyed-in-the-wool Edmontonian, Randy likes cheese.
Linda Grass (actor) finds that the Edmonton Fringe is excellent for helping her to become grounded. She has fringed in such productions as Diamond Dog (Panties RePublic), The Headshot of Dorian Gray (Acme Theatre), The NeoNancies (Guys in Disguise), Kiss My Asp (The Unconscious Collective), and many others that she can’t quite remember but thinks were all quite good.
Jenny McKillop (actor) is an Edmonton-based actor who has worked in theatre for more than a decade. Favorite credits include: Teddie Warfield in The Ambassador’s Wives (Teatro La Quindicina), Annie in Maggie Now (Theatre Prospero), and Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew (River City Shakespeare).
Lou Morin (editorial consultant) earned a B.A. at the University of Alberta and studied heritage conservation in Paris. Since then she has provided database, website, book publishing, writing and editing services to private and public organizations.
The Living Archives on Eugenics in Western Canada supported the production of Invisible Child.