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.

Rising Sun members will attend and take part in a Q & A and discussion with the audience after the screening. Admission is Pay-What-You-Can. The film stars Geneva Auger, Sarah Cassavant, Don Downie, Ron Hansen, Daniel Hughes, Cindy Rego, Les Murrell, Joan Treleaven, and Wes Treleaven, with an assist from Jan O’Neill. Music by Joe Bird, cinematography by Jaro Malanowski, costumes by Cindy Burgess, edited by Sheryle Carlson. Directed by Gerry Potter.

Special Thanks to SKILLS Society, Metro Cinema and our major sponsor, Edmonton Cultural Capital.

Stories About Us: The Movie May 27 @ 7 pm at Metro Cinema, (Citadel complex)

DISCUSSION and RECEPTION TO FOLLOW.

Admission Pay-What-You-Can

Contact: Gerry Potter gcpotter@shaw.ca, 780-484-2203/995-8493

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One thought on “Rising Sun Shines at the Metro

  1. That sounds like so much fun.

    Unfortunately, I’m in Ontario. Please let us know if the film or the play comes anywhere near Toronto or southwest Ontario.

    Congratulations and good luck to the cast & crew.

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