by Keith Roulston
March 3 to 25, 2017
Director: Anne Harper
(production photos by Salma Dharsee and Jennifer Monteith)
About the play…
When Edward Connell Powers suffers a stroke, he must turn over the running of his furniture factory, the town’s largest employer, to his son James. When he comes home from hospital, James hires the only caregiver he can find, Gloria Delaney, a single-mom, high school drop-out whose hair is bigger than her sense of worth. It seems a doomed relationship but little by little over Edward’s long convalescence, she wins his respect for her humour, spirit and intelligence while she sees beyond his intimidating, crusty exterior. Gloria helps him as he seeks to rebuild his strength so he can return to work, even though it will thwart his son’s global ambitions for the family business. Each boosts the other in their times of doubt and need, crossing barriers that would normally divide people from the opposite ends of the social spectrum.
“…makes you think and makes you laugh.”
~ Kincardine Independent
About Keith Roulston, the playwright…
Keith helped to co-found the Blyth Festival in 1975 and served as general manager from fall 1979 to fall 1983. The Festval has now premiered more than 100 Canadian plays. He is also the founder and publisher of The North Huron Citizen, a community-owned newspaper. His plays include Another Season’s Harvest, McGillicuddy, and The Shortest Distance Between Two Points, among others. Powers and Gloria was first produced at the Blyth Festival in 2005.
About the director, Anne Harper. . . .
Among the plays Anne has directed at Village Players are Murder in Green Meadows, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Dangerous Obsession, Tartuffe, Cyprienne, Humble Boy, The Winslow Boy, Private Lives, An Ideal Husband, Cause Célèbre, All My Sons, The Real Inspector Hound/After Magritte, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Sea Marks, Bus Stop, My Three Angel, The Odd Couple. Recent directing gigs elsewhere include A Lion in Winter (Amicus), Gloria’s Guy (Alumnae) and Speaking in Tongues (East Side). Anne was last seen on stage at Village Players as Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit. She’s also president of the Village Players Board of Directors.