If We Are Women

If We Are Women

About the Play

Two grandmothers, a daughter, and a granddaughter gather on the deck of a beach house in Connecticut. One grandmother has flown, for the first time, from the Canadian prairie. She is an illiterate woman whose parents were homesteading pioneers. “If only I had gotten my eighth grade diploma.” Her daughter is a novelist whose lover died recently. “If only I had a college degree.” The second grandmother has driven up from Pennsylvania. She is an agnostic Jewish intellectual with a Master’s degree. “If only I had gone to Oxford.” The granddaughter is eighteen and is slated to go to Yale in the autumn. After staying out all night with a young man, she arrives on the scene to announce a reversal of plans. The three older women discuss their pasts and presents poetically, poignantly and humorously as they attempt to pass down the wisdom of their years. When the granddaughter disregards all that she hears, the prairie grandmother observes that “every time a kid is born, we start from zero.

If We Are Women is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service

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Weaving in and out of real dialogue and reflection, If We Are Women takes us all into the dynamics of families and their relationships. It cuts away at the façade that exists in most families when the real truth is unspoken and experiences unresolved. Told with a gentleness but honesty Joanna McClelland Glass exposes the collision that happens when hope meets experience. When I first read this play several years ago I recognized immediately clear examples of my own family and I trust you’ll see some of your own. Relax as the play unfolds and the exploration of family values begins. The journey begins soon. – Stephen Torrence

Thank you for joining us for another evening of wonderful theatre at Hendry Hall.  This time, we present a poignant story told with wry humour through the eyes and hearts of three generations of women in the same family.  It is bound to reach out and touch us all.

Remember, if you would like to be part of more than just what you see and enjoy on stage, consider becoming a member of North Van Players. Membership forms are available in the lobby. You are guaranteed to have an enjoyable and rewarding experience. – Sue Worrow

CastCrewProduction Info
Character Played by
Ruth Kathy Daniels – Appearing by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association
Rachel Karen Golden
Jessica Kristen Ross
Polly Jennifer Huva
Director Stephen Torrence
Author Joanna McClelland Glass
Production Managers Anne Marsh, Margaret Lee (Financial)
Stage Manager Jelena Ikonomovic
Set Designer Stephen Torrence
Set Construction Gord Pope, Clive Sanders
Set Painters & Decorators Glynnis Brassil, Linda Sharp, Robin Hilliard, Nancy Richer
Lighting Designer Randy Poulis
Lighting Assistants Andrew Klukas, Nigel Barker, Jennifer Lucas
Sound Designer Stephen Torrence
Sound Coordinator Anne Marsh
Lighting and Sound Operators Jennifer Lucas, Nigel Barker, Sandy Branning
Properties Marie Morris, Heather Macfarlane, Marilyn Ferguson
Properties Construction Nancy Richer
Costumes Margaret Lee, Maggie Mason
Make-Up Consultant Elizabeth Aeberhardt
Graphic Artist Linda Sharp
Publicity and Program Anne Marsh
Front-of-House Coordinator Heather Macfarlane
Box Office Kim Gordon
Photographer Gary Schwartz
Videographer Chris Wolfe
Original Performance Dates April 8 to 23, 2011
Venue The Theatre at Hendry Hall, North Vancouver, BC
Production Length 1 hour 40 mins
Production Style Drama
Special Thanks To Kyle MacDonald, Bill Lawrie