Can a septuagenarian be luckier in love than her 35-year-old daughter? That’s the premise of Conni Massing’s lively and uproarious comedy, The Invention of Romance on stage at the Sudbury Theatre Centre from February 8 to 25, directed by Judi Straughan. But it’s more than simply funny; Conni Massing’s view is fresh, appealing and provocative.
Kate, a museum curator, announces her new art exhibit on the history of romance. Yet, because her boyfriend has just walked out on her, she wonders what she really knows about romance. Her decision to use herself as a subject leads to comic disasters, especially in her sampling of ten first-dates. On the other hand, her 79-year-old mother Louisa, who is not looking for a relationship, falls into one quite by accident.
Playing the ever-earnest Kate is multi-talented Gabi Epstein, a delightful comic actor new to the STC stage. Gabi has performed in New York, Orlando, Montreal, Ottawa and the Caribbean in productions with Mirvish to Disney and everything in between. Gabi’s portrayal of Kate will win our hearts as Kate’s life comically unravels.
Linda Goranson, a sought-after actor nationally and a true favourite with STC audiences, plays 79-year-old Louisa, Kate’s mother, who is shocked to be thinking romantically.
Goranson has been seen several times on the STC stage including Half Life, Leading Ladies and Vigil.
Sudbury’s own Jake Deeth, who is best known locally for his many appearances with YES Theatre, including Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Billy Elliott and Hairspray plays nine different characters in this production. Deeth is at his comic best in The Invention of Romance.
Judi Straughan is thrilled to be in the director’s seat. Her long theatre history in Sudbury includes mounting countless productions with Sudbury Secondary School Performing Arts, the Sudbury Theatre Centre Young(ish) Company and STC Celebrity shows. Her most recent production was as playwright and director of The Case of the Missing Mayor this past fall.
The set and costume designer is Miranda VanLogerenberg with lighting designed by Kirsten Watt. Production Manager is Elizabeth Kenny, Stage Manager is Tracy Lynn Cann and Assistant Stage Manager is Kaitlyn Smith.
The Invention of Romance plays February 8 to 25 at 7:30pm with Sunday matinees at 2pm. There are no performances on Mondays. The Relaxed Performance/Pay-What-You-Can matinee is Sunday, February 25 at 2pm. There’s no better place to celebrate Valentine’s evening than at STC and The Invention of Romance.
There are a variety of ticket prices for students, under 30s, seniors and adults. Visit sudburytheatre.ca or call the DiBrina Box Office at STC 705.674.8381 for full details or drop by in person at 170 Shaughnessy Street in Downtown Sudbury, Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm; Saturday and Sunday on performance days.
The Sudbury Theatre Centre acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Greater Sudbury. The Invention of Romance is generously sponsored by 105.3 KiSS (Media Sponsor)
ABOUT STC Founded in 1971, the Sudbury Theatre Centre (STC) mission is to create extraordinary theatre that engages and entertains our audience while celebrating Northern Ontario’s theatre artists and supporting the development of Northern Ontario content, and to provide outstanding theatre training and performance that educates and inspires the imaginations of our youth and emerging artists.
The leading professional English-language theatre between Barrie and Thunder Bay, STC’s season runs from September through May and offers diverse Canadian and International Mainstage programming, and youth and educational programming through its Academy and Young Company branches.
STC is a member of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) and engages artists under the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association (CAEA). For more information, visit sudburytheatre.ca