The next Theatre Collingwood production of the Summer Festival Season is called TRYING and will be staged at the Gayety Theatre for one week only, Tuesday August 19 through to Satruday August 23. To read the review in last week’s Collingwood Enterprise-Bulletin, click here. Tickets (including H.S.T.) are $40 for adults and $20 for youth. Tickets can be purchased at the Theatre Collingwood box office, 65 Simcoe Street, or by calling 705-445-2200/1-866-382-2200; tickets can also be purchased on the day of the show at the Gayety Theatre box office, one hour prior to performance.
Trying is a two-hander (two actors) with actors Walter Learning (who plays Francis Biddle) and Jennifer Toulmin (who plays Sarah, the young woman from the Canadian Prairies. Jennifer played Ariel in the production of The Tempest at Theatre by the Bay. She also played Anne in Anne of Green Gables at The Charlottetown Festival for five years, as well as Sophie in the Canadian and U.S. tours of Mamma Mia. Walter is an extremely accomplished Canadian actor (stage and film), originally from Newfoundland.
The year is 1967; 82 year old Francis Biddle (former Attorney General under FDR and primary American Nuremberg trial judge) struggles to write his memoirs. Enter Sarah a smart, strong-willed, young women from the Canadian Prairies. What unfolds is a witty and touching story of two people at different stages of life, who are unexpectedly and forever changed by friendship. Based on a true story and hailed by critics all over the world as a triumph of Canadian theatre!
It should also be noted that the play is based on a true story, and the writer was the young woman who worked with Francis Biddle.