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Romantic drama ‘Mary’s Wedding’ opens today

Nov 09, 2012

Boy meets girl, they fall in love, then life gets complicated.

The age-old plot comes freshly alive in the romantic drama “Mary’s Wedding” by Stephen Massicotte and directed by Al Constantineau, which opens today for a month-long run in Maharishi University of Management’s Sydney Spayde Theater.

Calgary playwright Stephen Massicotte’s 80-minute, two-character play is set in Alberta, Canada, in 1914 and through the World War I years. In this simple, moving dream of love and war, Mary Chalmers (Melanny Wells) journeys through time and memory to relive the meeting and courting of her true love, Charlie Edwards (Ben Estey). The entire play is a recurring dream that Mary has once again on the night before her wedding.

“Mary’s Wedding is a reminder of the power of dreams, where we can watch over our loves from thousands of miles away, and say all the things we have always wanted to say. It’s the kind of play that makes you think–and dream,” said Constantineau. “From my first reading of the script, I knew it would be a wonderful play for our Fairfield audience.”

“Mary’s Wedding” has had more than 60 productions around the U.S. and Canada since it was a breakout hit in 2002. It won the 2000 Alberta Playwriting Competition, the 2002 Betty Mitchell Award for Best New Play, and the 2003 Alberta Book Award for Drama.

Tickets are $10 adults, $8 students/faculty/staff. Tickets are available at Thymely Solutions.

The play will be performed at 8 p.m. today and Saturday, and again Nov. 16-17 and Nov. 23-24, with a matinee at 2 p.m. Nov. 18.

A post-show discussion with the actors and director is set for Nov. 24.

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