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The Return’s family ties

David Woods and Voices Black Theatre Ensemble present this psychological family drama.


The Return
Thu Sep 7 5:15pm; Sat Sep 9 8:45pm; Sun Sep 10 1:40pm
Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen Street $12/$14

Written and directed by David Woods and presented by Voices Black Theatre Ensemble, The Return tells the story of a young woman returning home to her humble family in the fictional rural town of Coleville, Nova Scotia after seeking fame and fortune in the big cities. The play is a “journey into the psychological motivations of damaged individuals who hide in projections of wealth, religion and family,” says Woods. “It also explores the dichotomy of Black and white societies and those who are lost in that dichotomy.” The Return was initially conceived as a part of a trilogy of plays called Woman Songs, which debuted at the Fringe Festival in 1995. This production also gives the opportunity for four young actors to take the stage, many for the very first time. “All are novice stage actors,” says Woods. “Their first time in serious dramatic roles.” At the 2015 Fringe, the Black Voices Ensemble staged Once: Africville Stories and won an award for Best Drama, and were back last year with the captivating Speaking in Tongues. By now a Fringe staple, audiences can expect compelling new work from Woods and the Voices Black Theatre Ensemble.

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