- By Joan MacLeod
TWO FAMILIES AT THE DIVIDE
“Relentlessly topical—and deeply empathetic” —The Globe and Mail
A teenage boy’s arrest on a SkyTrain platform is the catalyst for this topical story about the contradictory attempts to balance care and public safety. The Valley is an ensemble piece featuring four characters: Connor, who has recently dropped out of college; his mother, Sharon, who is struggling with her son’s recent behaviour; Dan, the police officer involved in the SkyTrain incident; and Dan’s wife, Janie, whose own state is driving a wedge through their relationship. The stories and families intertwine, as the characters struggle to find an answer to what “doing the right thing” actually means.
Running time: 2 hours, including one intermission
"This was an experience that I will never forget. Some plays are enjoyable but when they're over, they're over. This is a thought provoking work that will live on."
"Brilliant. Tour de force acting and an insightful look at the struggles around mental illness. A much needed beginning to a discussion around the subject. Highly recommend."
"The Valley is an exceptional play with a very current subject that hits close to home."
"All I can say is that it was phenomenal on all fronts. Also brought to light the horrid condition in Vancouver regarding mental illness and homelessness which I feel most Vancouverites don't like to even acknowledge exits. It's all about how pretty it looks."
- Daniel Doheny as Connor
- Pippa Mackie as Janie
- Robert Salvador as Dan
- Kerry Sandomirsky as Sharon
- Director Mindy Parfitt
- Set Designer Amir Ofek
- Costume Designer Barbara Clayden
- Lighting Designer Itai Erdal
- Sound Designer Owen Belton
- Projection Designer Jamie Nesbitt
- Stage Manager Pamela Jakobs
- Assistant Stage Manager April Starr Land