Hot Off the Press: Paradise

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About the play

After a traumatic assault in Central America, Rachel returns home, but it isn’t the reprieve she expected. She comes back to turmoil between her parents, and a part-time job in her dad’s medical office. Her father, George, full of endearing blunder, tries unsuccessfully to connect with his daughter, who seems to be reeling. Her childhood friend Khalil isn’t around to provide support. He’s in Afghanistan travelling and volunteering when he is wrongfully arrested. On the periphery is Wally—off work because of a logging injury—who spends a great deal of time in George’s office. Wally struggles to buy food for his dog Lucky, his rent payments are overdue, and the ringing in his ears just won’t stop. He’s looking for help in all the right places, but nobody seems to notice he’s deteriorating until it’s too late.

About the playwright

Patti Flather is the co-founder of Gwaandak Theatre, which develops and shares Indigenous and Northern stories for the stage. Some of her other plays include Sixty Below, West Edmonton Mall, Where the River Meets the Sea, and Street Signs (formerly The Soul Menders). Her fiction has appeared in literary publications including Prairie Fire, dANDelion, Room of One’s Own, and Nashwaak Review. Patti is a recipient of the Yukon Arts Builder Award and a past winner of Theatre BC’s national playwriting competition. She has an MFA in Creative Writing and is a writer, dramaturg, director, educator, and screenwriter. Patti grew up in North Vancouver, but now lives in Whitehorse.

Paradise premiered at the Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse, Yukon in March 2015 through Gwaandak Theatre and MT Space. It was directed by Majdi Bou-Matar.

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