Realizations (Kari Kruse)


Remount of 2018 Fringe Festival production

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The Guild in Charlottetown presents a remount of Realizations, a sold-out production from the 2018 Island Fringe Festival.

Written by Kandace Hagen and directed by Rory Starkman, this script has been updated and expanded. An autobiographical memory play, Realizations exposes the politics and negotiation of queer sexual awakening in a culture controlled by heteronormativity.

Realizations is the first production created under the banner of Screaming Beaver Productions, the artistic partnership between Hagen and Starkman.

The audience witnesses Molly’s internal journey to confront past sexual and emotional traumas thought to have been carefully tucked away. Through one woman’s raw and revealing narrative, Realizations explores the blatancies and nuances of rape culture in relation to sexual identity, demonstrating the strength of a queer woman in a life that has tried to force her to be anything but.

Playwright Kandace Hagen is a graduate of UPEI, with a Bachelor of Arts in Diversity and Social Justice Studies, with a minor in English. In addition to being a lesbian and part-time poet, she is a vocal supporter of reproductive rights for the women of PEI. She is featured in Kate McKenna’s No Choice: The 30-year Fight for Abortion on Prince Edward Island. Hagen is the 2019 recipient of the 2019 Island Literary Awards Poetry Award for a collection of work titled, The Swallows are Swollen. Hagen’s second work as a playwright, Salty, premiered as part of Fringe After Dark 2019. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the PEERS Alliance. When not dismantling the patriarchy, Hagen spends time with her kid Jack, partner and personal dramaturge Rory, and their animals.

Director Rory Starkman is a non-binary, trans-identified actor, director, and playwright. They have worked with Vagabond Productions, the PEI Pay-What-You-Can Theatre Festival, Island Fringe Festival and more. In addition to directing Benton Hartley’s original play Nutshell, Starkman co-wrote Small Talk and wrote, starred in and directed Just The Way It Is; a semi-autobiographical show about one person’s journey discovering themselves outside of the gender binary. Their work was recognized with the 2017 Island Fringe Festival’s “Game-Changer Award,” “Artists’ Choice Award,” and “PARC Award for Best New Play,” presented by the Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre.

Realizations cast features Emily Anne Fullerton as Present Molly, Charlotte Robertson as Past Molly, Marli Trecartin as Toni/Lydia, Cameron Cassidy as Blaire/Austin/Cassidy, Colin Kelly as Ian/Ryan/Seth, Noah Nazim as Teacher/Marcus, Graham Putnam as Old Man, and Rosie Shaw as Mom. The creative team, helmed by Starkman as Director, includes Hagen as Assistant Director, Kate Dempsey as Production Designer, Brittany Banks as Movement Coach, Jessica Burrett as Assistant Movement Coach, Gab Ayles as Carpenter, Jay Gallant as Stage Manager, and Rosie Shaw as Producer.

Realizations should be considered “Rated R” for strong adult themes including sexual violence. Viewer discretion is advised.

Tickets are available through The Guild Box Office. The matinee performance will be pay-what-you-can. Showtimes are September 29, 30, October 7 and 8 at 8 pm and October 6 at 2 pm.