GRAFFITI THEATRE COMPANY SOCIETY
Creating Theatre and Supporting Community Preforming Arts
Graffiti Theatre Company Society is a charitable organization devoted to the preforming arts community on Salt Spring Island through the creation of original and classical presentation, the sharing of community theatre resources and supporting the efforts and initiatives of other community organizations.
AN UNDUTIFUL DAUGHTER
An original work by local writer and activist Wendy Judith Cutler
With the support of the Salt Spring Foundation and the Province of British Columbia, Graffiti Theatre is proud to collaborate in the presentation of this unique and important work presented by veteran community artists.
From the Playwright:
Wendy Judith Cutler
I have written my first play, An UnDutiful Daughter. Transforming my memoir into a play has been one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life. Largely drawn from journals I recorded thirty and forty years ago in the 1970s and 1980s, the play portrays conflicts and estrangements within an upper-middle class Jewish family, as a daughter comes into political, feminist and lesbian feminist consciousness. Family dynamics are wrought with pain, longing, rejection and betrayal. The initial inspiration was taking a play development weekend workshop at ArtSpring: “Writing Dynamic Scenes for the Stage” in August of 2018. I created a scene in which I interrogated my deceased brother about our fraught relationship. Gradually, this one-scene turned into five scenes with a prologue. We’ve had five Staged Readings (before and during covid): SaltFest: A Mini Festival of the Performing Arts behind Mahon Hall in 2019; DAISSI’s Pride Opening Night at Artspring in 2019; “Scene and Heard: An Evening of Short Scenes from Plays-in-Progress in Victoria in 2020; and then a reading outside in an actor’s backyard, with social distancing in 2020; and the latest at Beaver Point Hall in August 2021, with a masked, vaccinated and limited-in-size audience. In collaboration with Sue Newman, the director, we have created a stellar ensemble of six actors: Barbara Slater, Kevin Wilkie, Lisa Dahling, Rowan Algoet, Vera Algoet and Wendy Beatty, all friends and fellow actors on the island. With a wonderfully collaborative process, we bring decades of activism and ally-ship and represent various communities engaged in social justice, progressive, feminist, queer, environmental and other concerns. We are currently in rehearsal (both in person and via zoom). Our performance dates are July 1, 2 and 3, 2022 at Beaver Point Hall.