Stories about us: the movie

PLEASE TURN OUT and SHOW YOUR SUPPORT.

All screenings @ Zeidler Hall in the Citadel Theatre, 9828 – 101A Ave

May 25th, 2010 01:16 p.m.

Rising Sun Theatre presents:

Stories About Us:

the Movie

Canada 2010, 23 min, Dir: Gerry Potter

Late DATS buses, winds that whip you
Bureaucrats who make life hard
Kids who tease and call you ‘tard
These are things that jam my wheelchair
Soak my socks and pinch my short hairs”
– excerpt from “Things that Bug Me”,

a song by Rising Sun and Joe Bird

In 2008 Rising Sun Theatre, a company mainly comprised of actors
with developmental disabilities, created and performed a play based
on their own experiences, Stories About Us. This revealing, funny
and moving production,mounted with the help of theatre
professionals,enjoyed sold-out houses and several return engagements,
and later garnered the group the Telus Award for Courage to
Innovate at the Mayor's Celebration of the Arts. 

The challenging process of creating the  play, a process fraught
with obstacles but seasoned with joy and laughter, is documented
with panache in this lively film.
Discussion and reception to follow. Pay what you can.

Rating: Parental Guidance (PG)

Screenings:

  • May 27 @ 7pm

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All screenings @ Zeidler Hall in the Citadel Theatre, 9828 – 101A Ave

‘Resistance: which way the future?’ is being exhibited next month in Washington DC as part of the International VSA Arts and Disability Festival.

a piece from my friend Liz Crow

Resistance is a dual-screen, moving image installation. It explores the values that permitted the Nazi programme of mass-murder targeting disabled people, reveals how people found the courage to resist, and examines how this chapter of history remains strikingly relevant today. In DC, the full installation will be at the Kennedy Center (Nations Gallery) from 6 – 20 June. Video extracts from the work will be shown on a loop at the Smithsonian Institution (International Gallery) from 8 June to 29 August.

Resistance has recently shown in the UK in Mansfield and Liverpool, receiving a Liverpool Daily Post Arts Award and fantastic responses from audiences:

“It is not often that words fail me, but I can’t begin to describe the impact this devastatingly-powerful installation had on me. This is tremendously important work, brilliantly and concisely realised into a package which will haunt me for a long, long time.” Sarah Bush

Resistance is an important project which raises issues of great relevance for today and will provide an excellent forum for engaging public debate and challenging public ideas. I hope that it will gain the platform it so clearly warrants. Baroness Neuberger DBE

You can find out more at:

http://www.roaring-girl.com/productions/resistance-on-tour/

http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/festivals/09-10/vsa/

Do let me know if you are able to come along, or if you would be interested in talking further about the possibility of having the installation, as we are in the process of tour booking at the moment.

With best wishes,
Liz
Director, Resistance

Mourning Dove at the Catalyst

MOURNING DOVE

Catalyst Theatre is pleased to be the venue for Kill Your Television’s presentation of Mourning Dove

by Emil Sher, running from May 13 to the 22.

Could there ever be a justification for taking a child’s life?  Edmonton’s critically acclaimed, multi-Sterling Award winning independent theatre collective, Kill Your Television will present the Western Canadian premiere of Mourning Dove by Emil Sher. Based on an award-winning radio play and inspired by ‘the Robert Latimer case’ – a true Canadian story – Mourning Dove explores the unspeakable dilemma faced by Doug and Sandra Ramsay, parents of a severely disabled girl who lives a life of pain and agony. Doug is not convinced her next operation, described as a “salvage procedure”, will make a difference, but Sandra, believes it’s their only choice. When Doug takes matters – and his daughters life – into his own hands, worlds are shattered and no one is prepared for the fallout. Mourning Dove asks difficult questions about mercy killing, familial loyalty and personal ethics versus public morality. Controversial and challenging, Mourning Dove is presented by Kill Your Television. Winner of the Sterling Award for Outstanding Independent Theatre 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006.
Featuring: Michael Peng, Nadien Chu, Nathan Cuckow, and Naomi Gaertner
Production Designer: Kerem Cetinel
Stage manager: Jenn Best
Director: Kevin Sutley
Tues-Saturday, 8pm  Sunday matinee at 2pm
Tickets $25, Student/Senior $17
2 Tickets for $20 (Tuesday May 18th)
Tickets available at Tix on the Square (780-420-1750)

Rising Sun Shines at the Metro

You’ve seen the play … now see the movie and meet the stars!

“Late DATS buses, winds that whip you

Bureaucrats who make life hard Bosses who abuse and rip you

Kids who tease and call you ‘tard

These are things that jam my wheelchair

Soak my socks and pinch my short hairs” –

excerpt from “Things that Bug Me” song by Rising Sun with Gerry Potter and Joe Bird

In 2008 Rising Sun Theatre, a company comprised of actors with developmental disabilities, created and performed a play based on their own experiences, Stories About Us. This revealing, funny and moving theatre production, mounted with the help of theatre professionals, enjoyed sold-out houses and two return engagements, and in 2009 garnered the group the Telus Award for Courage to Innovate at the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts. The challenging process of creating the play, a process fraught with obstacles but seasoned with joy and laughter, is documented with panache in Stories About Us: The Movie. This 25-minute documentary film will be screened at Metro Cinema in the Citadel complex, 99 St & 102 Ave., Edmonton, on May 27 at 7 pm. Continue reading