PCTC met with Tara Bradbury of The Telegram on Monday to talk Rabbit Rabbit
Poverty Cove Theatre Company is opening its long-awaited production of Canadian playwright Amy Lee Lavoie’s “Rabbit Rabbit” April 30, at the Guv’nor Inn on Elizabeth Avenue in St. John’s.
The play stars Meghan Greeley as Britney, a 16-year-old prostitute working for a fetish escort service, and Darryl Hopkins as Larry, a pedophilic birthday clown, and explores the tension between the two. Lavoie, has described the play as a “very complicated love story of two forgotten, lonely people.”
It’s a piece Poverty Cove founders Megan Coles and Shannon Hawes have wanted to do for the past five years or so, recognizing the subject matter is uncomfortable but relevant, given the development of St. John’s.
“We’re kind of in a boom time, and sometimes the underbelly of your city becomes revealed, or it takes on new characteristics that you’re not familiar with, one of those things being a booming sex trade,” Coles said. “I think (pedophilia) is a very taboo subject in our culture. We often try to distance ourself from things that are taboo, in that we kind of mythicize the person or the perpetrator into a monster, because that gives us the distance we require to feel safe. But in creating that distance, we avoid dealing with the subject at hand, and therefore no solution or recovery can be made, because we’re not actually facing the issues.”
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For Immediate Release: Poverty Cove Theatre Company Presents the Newfoundland and Labrador Premiere of Amy Lee Lavoie's Award Winning Rabbit Rabbit
Rabbit Rabbit, the MECCA award winning play by formidable new Canadian playwright Amy Lee Lavoie, will premiere in St. John's at the end of the month. The edgy and beautiful one act play will be, PCTC co-founder and co-artistic director, Shannon Hawes' directing debut for the company. The story of a rendezvous between a paedophile birthday clown and an underage prostitute will feature the amazingly talented Darryl Hopkins and Meghan Greeley. The play will be performed in a non-traditional theatre space, the Guv'nor Inn on Elizabeth Avenue. This is in keeping with Poverty Cove's mandate to alter perceptions of where theatre happens and what theatre is while exploring the often dark and comedic relationship between rural and urban environments.
Rabbit Rabbit certainly is dark and comedic with Neil Boyce of the Montreal Mirror remarking it was “difficult to do justice to Lavoie’s script without a stream of superlatives. She’s found the beauty and poetry in the profane. She’s created a fantastically grotesque and sordid world that remains, somehow, believable and human: a corrosive blast to nice, safe, small theatre.”
Lavoie says of writing the play “the topic of pedophilia is an interesting one, albeit challenging. It’s uncomfortable; it’s tragic, terrifying, unthinkable, damaging, absurd, sad, maddening and perhaps the greatest taboo of all; excellent fodder for a play, no? I also wanted to challenge myself. Could I write about love authentically, even if I hated what that love meant and what it could do? In the end, Rabbit Rabbit revealed itself as a very complicated love story of two forgotten, lonely people. Ultimately, I wrote this play to encourage a discussion. And oh, did I get it.”
As its first solo production, Rabbit Rabbit is also a turning point for the growing theatre company. Director and company co-founder Shannon Hawes says “This is our first independent production. It is incredibly important that we be able to maintain and build on the level of quality our shows have exhibited in the past. We are driven to uphold the style and calibre of theatre our audience has grown to expect from The Battery and Our Eliza.”
The show runs April 30th – May 4th. Show time is 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 regular. Pay What You Can Matinee May 4th at 2:00 p.m. Visit http://www.rca.nf.ca to purchase tickets or for more information.
PCTC Co-Founder & Co-Artistic Director Megan Coles Wins Rhonda Payne Theatre Award
The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (NLAC) announced that co-founder and co-artistic director of Poverty Cove Theatre Company, Megan Coles has won the 2013 Rhonda Payne Theatre Award. The award honours the memory of actor, writer and director Rhonda Payne. It assists women theatre artists in Newfoundland and Labrador who are struggling to achieve their goals as actors or writers and comes with a $500 cash prize.
It was awarded Thursday, February 27, 2014 in the Cox & Palmer Second Space at the LSPU Hall following the opening night performance of Stars in the Sky Morning, which was written by Rhonda Payne. The original production was co-created by Jane Dingle and Jan Henderson; Dingle was on hand to present the award to Coles.
Of the acknowledgement, Coles said, “I’m most grateful for having had an opportunity to spend enough time with my craft to warrant this award. And, for Rhonda Payne and her family for recognizing how integral and empowering acknowledgement can be to an emerging artist.” Coles added, “Rhonda Payne recognized the struggle to create genuine theatre and this award encourages women to do so, specifically. I’m pleased to be considered in such wonderful company.”
Rhonda Payne established the award by dedicating royalties from the production and publication of her works to a fund to assist women working in the Newfoundland and Labrador theatre community. After her death in 2002, Rhonda’s father, Rod Payne, established the Rhonda Payne Memorial Fund. Donations to the fund can be made at TD Canada Trust, St. John’s Place, 140 Water Street, St. John’s, NL.
The Rhonda Payne Theatre Award is manages by the NLAC. All female applicants to the Professional Project Grants Program in the theatre category are considered for the annual award. The winner is chosen by the peer assessment committee for theatre during the fall granting session.
“Megan is a promising emerging artist who has demonstrated dedication and perseverance with respect to building her professional portfolio,” said Reg Winsor, executive director of the NLAC. “It’s a pleasure to congratulate Megan on her achievements thus far with this award.”
Big Thank You to Friends of Poverty Cove!
PCTC would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the wonderful artists who donated their talent in support of our little company last evening: Ed Riche, Greg Malone, Aiden Flynn, Steve O'Connell, Evan Mercer, Robert Chafe, Chad Pelley, Amy House, Jason Card, Matt Wright and Len O'Neil.
We would also like to thank those who generously donated to our Silent (ish) Auction: Hometel, Greg Blackwood, Mark McCrowe, Sasha Okshevsky, DAVIDsTea, Tval, Fabian James, Ed Riche, Courtney Brown, Darcy Fitzpatrick and Jeremy Rice.
And super special thanks to our Board of Directors: Courtney Brown, Jordan Flynn, Darren Purchase, Carla Warren, Bethany Roberts and Justin Simms. You are wicked.
Last, but certainly not least, first in fact, probably first, thanks to all the brave souls who motivated themselves to leave the house on a Wednesday night in February. You really are the best!
For immediate release: February 19th, 2014. Poverty Cove Theatre Company holds Friends of Poverty Cove Fundraiser for upcoming production of Rabbit Rabbit.
Join Friends of Poverty Cove Wednesday February 26th at Quidi Vidi Brewery for a wonderful evening of performances by some of Newfoundland and Labrador's most talented artists including Greg Malone, Robert Chafe, Ed Riche, Chad Pelley, Aiden Flynn, Amy House, Jason Card, Matt Wright and many more.
All proceeds of the event will support PCTC's upcoming spring production of Rabbit Rabbit. Written by one of Canada's most promising new voices award winning playwright Amy Lee Lavoie, Rabbit Rabbit has received rave reviews from critics across the country.
Neil Boyce of The Montreal Mirror writes “It’s difficult to do justice to Lavoie’s script without a stream of superlatives. She’s found the beauty and poetry in the profane. She’s created a fantastically grotesque and sordid world that remains, somehow, believable and human” while Plank Magazine writes that “The two characters walk a careful line between realism and absurdity making the tenderness of their interaction and the unapologetic nastiness of their conversation that much more enjoyable in Lavoie’s Rabbit Rabbit”.
The story of an encounter between a paedophile birthday clown and an underage prostitute will be performed at a site specific venue in keeping with Poverty Cove's mandate to do experimental new work in exciting and unconventional spaces.
Show casting and venue location will be announced at the fundraiser by PCTC's own multi-talented Shannon Hawes who is slated to direct. Hot off the heels of last year's sold out production and subsequent tour of PCTC's Our Eliza, Rabbit Rabbit guarantees not to disappoint the discerning audience member looking for a cutting edge theatre experience.
Date: February 26th 8pm (doors open at 7pm)
Location: Quidi Vidi Brewery, 35 Barrows Road, St. John's
Tickets: $20. Silent Auction. Cash Bar
For further information please contact:
Megan Coles email@example.com Shannon Hawes firstname.lastname@example.org
In Development: The Driftwood Trilogy: Falling Trees, Building Houses & Wasting Paper by Megan Coles
January 2014 - July 2014
Simeon Dredge is cutting cords for the first time. Ambitious and young, he has no concept of what working in the woods will entail. Brother-in-law Albert Taylor is forever crushing Sim's fantasies of fine wool coats and entrepreneurship with unwanted reality checks. “No one gets rich cutting wood”. When word spreads that a Commission Government representative, Harold Jacobs, has been sent from St. John's to investigate the notoriously poor conditions in the lumber camps, Albert fears that Sim's naivete and ambition will cause him to speak out and forever be branded a troublemaker. Stewart Percy is also concerned with who's saying what in the camps. The CEO of the island's largest paper company is worried that Jacobs will stir up a rebellion amongst his labour force. Percy will not allow his family legacy to be threatened by an upstart politician and the great unwashed. He makes this understood in the office of British appointed Commissioner Wish Heart. The political lobbying and backroom bargains made in Falling Trees will set in motion a cycle of exploitation that threatens the fabric of a society for a century.
Mitchell Taylorshould have studied more or at all. His mother thinks joining his brother Rick up north is equivalent to ruining his life. Rick works for a St. John's owned construction company that has been contracted to build houses in the newly appointed aboriginal settlement. Rick reluctantly gets Mitchell a job on his crew though the siblings soon slide into their traditional roles: baby brother Mitchell getting whatever he wants while big brother Rick minds him. And what Mitchell wants is Nishapet, a beautiful, young resident of the community. He has no idea Rick is of a like mind and the brothers unknowingly become entangled in a bitter competition to get the girl. The Taylors spend physical and emotional currency trying desperately to comprehend the complex nature of their new home only to discover the harmful affects their livelihoods are exacting on the people they admire. Everything is called into question when Nishapet disappears in Building Houses.
Millie Boone will bare her teeth at you. The middle aged CEO will come across the boardroom table. The meat-grinder: that's what her disgruntled employees call her. Millie Boone is not above exploiting anyone or anything. Delia Taylor is a writer, or she's trying to be. Her and her husband are broke. They need a new furnace, the engine is gone in their car, they've stopped opening the visa statements. Someone is going to have to get a proper job. Someone like Delia. And Millie loves that Delia's pop was a logger. Loves it. As Millie strives to exploit the system, Delia struggles to remain autonomous in the cyclone of wrongdoing. It is good versus evil with everything in between. It is fighting the man, when the man is a woman. All the while Wasting Paper.
Public Reading TBD Stay Tuned!