Tell us a bit about the background to your piece: how did you come up with the concept, what was your process in terms of bringing it from concept to final product?
This piece sat dormant in my writing file until the pandemic caused me to revisit and revise it. Although it was not written specifically about the pandemic, I felt the emotions and thoughts of my character traversing through unfamiliar and unmarked territories paralleled the experiences many people might encounter during the COVID pandemic. My intentions for this piece were twofold: firstly, to emphasize the psychological challenges brought about through social isolation, rumination, and limited vision and direction; secondly, to highlight the resilience of the human spirit to survive within harsh conditions.
What do you hope audience members will experience or take away from your performance?
I would hope audiences would experience a sense of hope if they have experienced isolation and/or a loss of purpose in their personal journey. Although the individual may see little evidence, there are often others whom have traveled a similar path. I also would like audiences to experience empathy towards others trying to survive the challenges encountered within their psychological landscape.
Anything else that you feel is vitally important for audience members to consider as they engage with your piece?
Mental health affects all of us: as individuals and as a society. Support mental health services locally and provincially. Maintain your own mental health and support others in your community. During this time of COVID, simple acts of kindness may make a significant difference in someone’s journey. If you have the time or resources consider volunteering or contributing to an organization in your community. Thank you and enjoy the festival!
The End of Snow will be screened on October 16 & 17 as part of Abby Theatre Fest: Stage to Screen Edition. For complete details and to purchase tickets, please visit HERE.