We the Family
Multicultural mayhem. Love. Larceny. And death!
Sept. 18–Oct. 3, 2015
Two families collide in this dark comedy written by acclaimed Canadian playwright, George F. Walker. Known for his wit and biting commentary on city living, Walker’s We the Family looks at the after-effects of a wedding between culturally divergent families. As they struggle to understand one another, their own failings and bad choices set them on a collision course with a devastating – and hilarious – end.
Warning: coarse language
- VIDEO: Trailer
- Production Photography
- VIDEO: Design Teaser
- SPECIAL EVENT: In Conversation with George F. Walker
- Production Team
- Director’s Notes
- Public Service Announcement
- Media Release
Approximate running time without intermission: 80 min
Three Week Run
Week 1: Fri. and Sat. at 8 pm
Week 2: Wed. to Sat. at 8 pm
Week 3: Wed. to Sat. at 8 pm and Sat. at 2 pm
Postshow Talkbacks: Sat., Sept. 19 and Thurs., Sept. 24
Preshow Artist Chat: Sat., Oct. 3 at 1 pm
Adults: $28 / Seniors: $17 / Students: $15
$12 Student tickets every Wednesday
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It has been my pleasure to study, direct and perform in quite of few of George F. Walker’s plays. Ever since the theatre bug first bit me, George F. Walker is a playwright that I have returned to when in search of something gutsy, honest, gritty yet completely hilarious. There is something so immediate about his style and subject that will not allow you to ignore it; a passion that thunders through his characters and grabs you by the throat. What an honour, then, to delve into this new play with George and become a part of the building and exploration of these characters.
These rich, layered characters – faulty, troubled people that show us how racism (innocuous or malicious) is something we all own and practice to varying degrees. Through these people, We the Family explores the notion of a cultural mosaic; its failings and lies. How each beautiful piece of that mosaic is unique while having more similarities than we might like to admit; a jumble of pieces that have just as much a chance of creating chaos as beauty.
In addition to this, We the Family questions what it is to be in a (surprise, surprise) family! What does it mean to be born into a family in terms of your behavior, how you’re expected to contribute and what you can expect to receive? How does marrying into a family blend and warp expectations as groups of people who did not choose one another are forced into a life-long bond? And finally, what happens when all of our best laid plans and good intentions for our family fall apart due to lies, failed expectations and utter betrayal?
What does that all mean? Well…no matter your cultural background – where you were born or what you were taught to believe – every family has the equal potential to mess you up, let you down and screw you over. Good thing we always have Walker for the comedy.
– Andrea Wasserman