Theatre @ York Presents 'Road' Directed by Mark Wilson
Mar 23, 2014 to Mar 29, 2014
"Coronation Street with vomit, excrement and used contraceptives ... Our Town in terminal disarray." - Benedict Nightingale, The Sunday Times, 2003
British playwright Jim Cartwright's hit play Road is set in a small Lancashire town in 1987 in Margaret Thatcher's England. The town's inhabitants are all unemployed. Scullery, the town drunk, conducts us on a tour of his street. He introduces us to the people who live there, who are attempting to escape the poverty in which they are mired through various means: sex, religion, nostalgia, suicide - and most often, drink.
In 1996, then prime minister of Norway Gro Harlem Brundtland said: "Poverty is a policy failure that degrades people -- those who suffer it, and those who tolerate it. Poverty is still the gravest insult to human dignity. Poverty is the scar on humanity's face."
Road makes that scar visible, and shows us the beating hearts and fevered dreams of an afflicted community.
Professor Mark Wilson directs a cast drawn from the Department of Theatre's fourth-year Acting Conservatory.
Previews: Sunday, March 23 and Monday, March 24 at 7:30pm
Opening: Tuesday, March 25 at 7:30pm
Runs nightly to Saturday, March 29 at 7:30pm
Matinees: Wedneday, March 26 and Friday, March 28 at 1pm
Admission: Regular run: $17 | $12 students and seniors | Previews: $5
|Location:||Joseph G. Green Studio Theatre, Centre for Film and Theatre, York University, 4700 Keele St.|
|Sponsor:||Department of Theatre, Faculty of Fine Arts|