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Playwrights Canada Press Fall 2021

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Do This In Memory of Me
By (author): Cat Walsh
Cat Walsh

Imprint:

Playwrights Canada Press

ISBN:

9780369102782

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade
Paperback , Trade
English

Audience:

General Trade
Nov 30, 2021
$18.95 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

8.5in x 5.4 x 0.3 in | 180 gr

Page Count:

136 pages

Duration:

90 minutes
Playwrights Canada Press
DRAMA / Women Authors
  • Short Description

When a twelve-year-old girl is denied the chance to be an altar server in 1963, her prayers for redemption are answered by the apparition of a fourth-century martyr and the suspicious disappearance of a classmate.

Twelve-year-old Genevieve has been having a hard time at home, and all she really wants is to be an altar server at her church. Except it’s 1963 and Father Paul tells her that’s not allowed. After having her dreams crushed and being made fun of by her classmate and star altar boy Martin, Genevieve prays to God hoping for an exception. Instead, a fourteen-year-old martyr from the fourth century, St. Pancras, appears and promises to get her an answer from God. But with her mom missing for weeks and Martin disappearing on his way home from school the next day, she fears her prayers have been answered in dire ways.

This dark comedy dives into the expansive time between childhood and adolescence, exploring questions about the realities of home life to the possibilities of unknown worlds. Do This In Memory of Me is for anyone who has ever questioned the relationship between faith and trust or wondered where they fit in the bigger picture.

  • The play was originally commissioned to be written in both English and French, so Cat wanted to find something that would resonate with audiences in both languages.
  • Like Genevieve, Cat also grew up in a devoutly Catholic family and wanted to be an altar server when she was young in the ’80s, which still wasn’t allowed.
  • Premiered in March 2018 at La Cité Francophone in a co-production by Northern Light Theatre and L’UniTheâtre in Edmonton.

Cat Walsh is an award-winning performer and playwright based in Edmonton. Her plays include the site-specific ANXIETY (Theatre Yes), the gas-station gothic The Laws of Thermodynamics (Theatre Yes/Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre), and the quantum-inspired FETCH (Interloper Theatre). Cat is a graduate of the University of Ottawa.

“A strange and captivating new comedy.”

- Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca

“A poignant look at the time of life when children become aware that adults actually don’t have all the answers, and that answers (just in general) can be quite difficult to come by.”

- Liane Faulder, Edmonton Journal

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