September 29th, 2016

Glimpse into the future — U of L’s production of After Image runs next week


By Lethbridge Herald on February 6, 2015.

Tijana Martin
Lethbridge Herald
tmartin@lethbridgeherald.com
The University of Lethbridge Theater will be transformed into rural Newfoundland next week for the play “Afterimages.”
Robert Chafe’s “Afterimages” won a Governor General Award in 2010 and was adapted for the stage by the Newfoundland based playwright. This will be the second production in the history of the play and will run Tuesday to Saturday next week at 8 p.m.
The play focuses on a mother who has a special ability to see into the future.
“While that’s really exciting for the family, on the other hand, what would you do if you knew some sad things that would happen to your children?” asked director Nicholas Hanson. The thrilling production is said to combine tense situations, light-hearted moments and imaginative surprises. The set design allows the cast of eight the opportunity to bring the scenes into the audience’s lap.
Hanson said he feels this gives the actors the opportunity to really connect with the audience.
“As intimate as the setting is and as intimate as the relationships are, there are spectacle elements,” said actor Michael Rolfe.
Hanson said it’s been a great learning experience to go through all the proper steps to ensure a safe environment when dealing with the special effects. There are many technical elements involved such as fire, pyrotechnics and electricity; however, the play is still very much a human story, said Hanson.
“At the core of the play, it explores what it feels to be alone. If you have siblings, what does it mean to be the sibling that feels less loved?” he asked.
“I think all of our students, as young people, resonate with these younger characters who are exploring what it means to be an individual and what it means to be part of a family. It’s a really great play for university because those themes are so resonate with our students and our audiences as well.”
Tickets are available online at uleth.ca/tickets, by phone at 403-329-2216 or the box office Monday to Friday from 12:30-3:00 p.m.
Prices are $18 regular, $13 for seniors/alumni and $12 for students.

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