Toronto, Mississippi - April 2010

Toronto, MississippiToronto, Mississippi
By Joan Macleod
Directed by Blair Scott

 

Jhana, is a beautiful eighteen-year-old who lives with her mother Maddie and their boarder Bill, a sometime poet. Jhana’s father, King, shows up partway through the first act and its his presence for the first time in a long time in this unusual family that really galvanizes all four of the characters into action.

 

King is an Elvis impersonator, getting sick and tired of doing the same old song and dance. Jhana is mentally handicapped and working at her first “job” in a workshop for disabled people where she puts four screws in a bag and then another four screws in another bag and so on. In her mind she is on stage at Maple Leaf Gardens singing and strutting her stuff, just like her father does. Maddie is trying to keep it together while working full time as a teacher and as a mother, too busy to admit to her own loneliness. Bill is harbouring all sorts of feelings for Maddie that he is afraid to act on.

Toronto, Mississippi will be presented at the North Peace Cultural Centre on April 29th- May 1st.  Show start time is 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for students and seniors and $14 for children.

 

Zone Festival Results

Best Set - Tony Atkins, Terry Boyle