Grain of Salt
date. January 2014
venue. Mercury Lounge, Lunenburg Pub, Avalon Studio, Pressed
credits. Megan Piercey Monafu, 9th Hour Theatre Co.
Grain of Salt is a reverently irreverent, high-energy piece of verbatim theatre exploring the struggling Christian culture and the human need for spiritual connection. Actors embody the real voices of people’s experiences with Christianity as they work to understand the quirks, mistakes, love, atrocities and community of the Church. A culmination of the “We’re Sorry” Theatre Project, Grain of Salt is built on interviews conducted with people inside and outside the Church with questions like “What are your best and worst memories of the Church?” “Do you think the Church is relevant to Canadian society?” “Do you think the Church has done anything wrong?” and “Do you think corporate apology is useful?” Answers ranged from “the Church is the root of all evil” to “the Church is the root of all good”, and the jury is still out on which answer is more controversial. Judge for yourself.
“The term verbatim refers to the origins of the text spoken in the play. The words of real people are recorded or transcribed by a dramatist during an interview or research process, or are appropriated from existing records such as the transcripts of an official enquiry. They are then edited, arranged or recontextualised to form a dramatic presentation, in which actors take on the characters of the real individuals whose words are being used.” ~Verbatim Verbatim edited by Will Hammond and Dan Steward
STEVEN LAFOND (Musical Director) | | MEGAN PIERCEY MONAFU (Creator) | KELLY RIGOLE (Director, Script Consultant) | EMILY SOUSSANA (Production Designer)
LORI JEAN HODGE | ROBIN HODGE | JEFF LEFEBVRE | MEGAN PIERCEY MONAFU | MITCHEL ROSE
ELIZABETH CHANT (Stage Manager) | CLAUDE HACHÉ (Production Photographer) | JONATHAN HARRIS (Producing Artistic Director) | SUSAN MARRINER (Graphic Designer) | RACHEL-DAWN WALLACE (Production Stage Manager)
SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS
LORI JEAN HODGE | GABRIELLE LAZAROVITZ | MEGAN PIERCEY MONAFU | DREW MOORE | KELLY RIGOLE | PAUL WASHER