Leaves of The Virgin Mary
Audiences are saying good things about Leaves of The Virgin Mary:
“Beautiful haunting and original work. Theatre like nothing else you’ve seen in Halifax” -Annie Valentina
“This beautiful show illustrates how modern theatre can be… conceptual without becoming inaccessible… Immense talent on stage here.” -Kevin Kindred
“I could have watched for another hour… a truly unique and wonderful show”- Hannah Harper
“That was real.” -Meghan Hubley
Leaves of The Virgin Mary is about a young woman who – struggling to deal with loss, in the throes of an existential crisis – decides to go on a Vision Quest by smoking a drug called Salvia, nicknamed “The Leaves of The Virgin Mary” by Shamans who use it to create visionary states of consciousness during spiritual healing sessions.
Instead of finding direction, Jo finds herself lost in a whirl of memories about the dissolution of her family, her extreme isolation and morbidity, and her relationship with a chaotic and beautiful painter named Maria.
The piece deals with issues of divorce, loss, addiction, love and destruction. It is as much a movement piece as it is a play of words. The main character-Jo-is connected to a chorus through material that the malevolent players control. Every movement Jo makes is a direct result of or action against the pull of these antagonistic spirit guides.
Forerunner’s Leaves of The Virgin Mary Team:
Director: Keelin Jack Choreographer: Veronique MacKenzie
Stage Management/ Movement Coach: Gina Thornhill
Lighting Designer: Johnny Cann
Projection Design and Photography: Zach Faye
Costume Design: Andrea Ritchie
Poster Image by Suse Silva
Staring: Stephanie MacDonald, James MacLean, Margaret Legere
*photo by Zach Faye