Shuswap play examines unwanted relationships – Salmon Arm Observer
She is back!
Danielle Dunn-Morris, a well-known actress and director to Salmon Arm audiences, returns to the Shuswap Theater to direct Odd jobs, a play by Canadian playwright Frank Moher.
âIt’s funny; when I first read it it really touched me, it’s about dreams, about people expressing their wishes,â she says. âBut sometimes wishes don’t. not manifest as you think. “
Meet Ms. Phipps, a lonely widow and retired math teacher who is in the early stages of dementia.
âI don’t know if she’s expressing her wishes, but she’s definitely looking for changes,â says Dunn-Morris.
The other two actors in this threesome are a couple – Tim, a jobless man who does odd jobs for Ms Phipps and his French-Canadian wife Ginette, whose determined self-improvement manages to get out of the complaints. department at Sears and in the higher paying area of ââsystems analysts.
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“He’s laid off and feels useless because he doesn’t have a job, despite being a lovely wife, who comes from a family that never believed in education,” says Dunn-Morris , noting that Ginette proves them wrong by taking computer training and a job around 1985 when computers were becoming part of the work scene.
“These three people should never be friends: Phipps is interested in the universe and thinks he should fly away, but he isn’t,” laughs Dunn-Morris. “As the three become more intimate, the young woman pulls the thread between Mrs. Phipps and the young man and he becomes the nurturer as she steps out in a costume of power into the corporate world.”
Dunn-Morris says Phipps, who is nearing the end of his life, realizes it’s quite nice to have younger people in his life.
âI was fascinated by what happens to people who cross paths without ever being supposed to meet,â she says, pointing out that the play is more of a dream than a drama. âThere is a nice lightness and we have fun during the rehearsals. “
Tim is played by versatile Uther Radcliffe, who recently played Mercurio in Romeo and Juliet and also starred in the hugely popular Complete works of Shakespeare (abridged).
Sharon Wickstrom, a former member of the Shuswap Theater with 35 years of theater experience and a founding member of the Asparagus Theater in Armstrong, plays Ms. Phipps.
Wickstrom appeared in Our Town for the Caravan Farm Theater and recently performed on the Shuswap Theater stage in Half-life as part of the OZone Drama Festival.
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Ginette is played by Sharlene Foisy, a newcomer to Shuswap but with 20 years of experience, notably in musicals, with the Revelstoke Players. Fluent in French, Foisy is a great asset to his character.
Dunn-Morris was last on stage at the Shuswap Theater in Repair of fences and directed Norm Foster Kiss the moon kiss the sun in 2011.
âI really love coming back to Salmon Arm and working with Cilla (Budda) is wonderful,â Dunn-Morris enthuses of her longtime friend. âShe makes everything possible; she phones, contacts people, puts the team around me and makes me feel smart when it’s them and I just do a few things.
It’s a relationship that producer Budda appreciates just as much, noting that the two have been quick friends since 1983.
âTechnically it’s a challenge,â she says of Odd Jobs, who has 26 scene changes on one stage.
Odd jobs opens Friday November 2 and runs until November 17.
Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 1:30 p.m. and âPay What You Canâ Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. (cash only at the door).
Tickets are available online at shuswaptheatre.com, or at Intwined Fiber Arts, 161 Hudson Ave NE in Salmon Arm. For more information, visit shuswaptheatre.com or contact Kim MacMillan, [email protected], 250-832-4094.