Ambition tore them apart. Can the stars guide them back together?
The First World War is over and every day, the villages of Newfoundland are abandoned for a new life in the big city. Under the light of the moon, two former lovers meet to confront their past choices and contemplate a possible future – together. Director Ravi Jain reimagines this beloved Canadian classic about love, loss, and reconciliation through an intercultural lens, asking the question, “Can you ever truly return home?”
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About the Playwright
David French (1939 – 2010) was one of Canada’s best-known and most successful playwrights. Among his works are the semi-autobiographical Mercer plays: Leaving Home, Of The Fields, Lately, Salt-Water Moon, 1949, and Soldier’s Heart.
This quintet of plays about a Newfoundland family has also touched audiences in the U.S., Europe, South America and Australia.
French’s other works include the smash-hit backstage comedy Jitters, the pool-hall drama One Crack Out, the memory play That Summer, and translations of Chekhov’s The Seagull, and Strindberg’s Miss Julie.
In 1989, French was inducted into the Newfoundland Arts Hall of Honour, and in 2001 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Born in Coley’s Point, Newfoundland, French made his home in Toronto, but spent thirty-nine summers at his cottage in Cable Head, PEI. David French died in December of 2010.
About the Director
As founding artistic director of Why Not Theatre, Ravi has established himself as seasoned international producer with collaborations with internationally acclaimed companies like the SITI Company and Complicite. Acting/creation credits include: SPENT (Dora Award-Best Ensemble), A Brimful of Asha, developed as Urjo Kareda artist in residence at Tarragon Theatre. Directing Credits include: The Prince Hamlet, I’m So Close (Developed in residence at Theatre Centre; won the Spotlight Award, SummerWorks 2008), A Lion in the Streets (National Theatre School) most recently Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Soulpepper), nominated for 6 Dora Awards. Ravi helmed Nicolas Billon’s triptych Fault Lines (Greenland, Iceland and Faroe Islands), which won the Governor General’s Award for Drama in 2013. He was co-director of Like Mother Like Daughter which premiered in London, developed with OFFTA and with world renowned Complicite. In July 2015 he will present the world premier of his new play Gimme Shelter as part of the Pan Am Games 2015 ceremonies. Consultant director for Sea Sick (Theatre Centre), BOOM! (Mirvish/WYRD), Much Ado About Nothing (Tarragon Theatre). Ravi was the innagural artistic director in residence at The Theatre Centre, is a member of the Artistic Director’s Cabinet at Soulpepper Theatre Company and was selected to be on the roster of clowns for Cirque Du Soliel. Winner of the Ken MacDougal and The Ontario Arts Council’s Pauline McGibbon Award for Emerging Director.
Ravi is a graduate of the 2-year program at the world-renowned ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris and has trained with notable artists as Anne Bogart and the SITI company, Arianne Mnouchkine and Theatre du Soleil as well as with various members of Complicite.