Nathan Satterlee

Capitol Theatre brings tale of survival

The Portal Players Dramatic Society presents, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, a play written by Irish dramatist, Frank McGuinness.

Witness a tale of three men, held hostage in the Middle East, strive for survival as they journey through personal and nationalistic trials and tribulations, at the Capitol Theatre debuting April 29.

The Portal Players Dramatic Society presents, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, a play written by Irish dramatist, Frank McGuinness.

The play is focused on an Irishman, an Englishman and an American who are chained to the stage the entire play, trying to maintain their sanity while being guarded by unseen Arabs.

“There are a few indicators of when in time it’s set, but aside from those it’s sort of a timeless story. It could take place 30 years ago, it could be taking place now,” Carrera Schroeder, the play’s director said. “To me, the play is about the human connection, resiliency and power and imagination.”

Schroeder and the cast will be heading to the 2016 North Island Zone Drama Festival in May as the play is an official entry.

The NIZ Festival is where Schroeder first saw Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me several years ago.

“I actually didn’t quite catch the whole ending because I was sobbing so hard, it’s a really moving show,” she said.

This play was first staged in 1992 at the Hampstead Theatre in London and was been nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play. In 1993 the show won the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Foreign Play.

“I think the play is about the triumph of human spirit and resiliency and working together with people even with differences and really pulling together to survive,” said Naomi Boutwell, the show’s sound designer.

The play brings a mix of dramatic dialogue and humour to an apparently grim situation that Schroeder said she’s excited for audiences to witness.

The show begins on April 29 and 30 and runs again on May 6, 7, 13 and 14. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Tickets at the door are $25 for adults and $20 for students and seniors.

 

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