by Mieko Ouchi
A retired suburban Calgary housewife and mother tragically loses her partner after 45 years together. So what does she do? The only thing that makes any sense at all.
She goes to Burning Man.
An irreverent one-woman play that tosses us into the passenger seat of an RV and takes us on a journey through the process of grief and deep into the search for meaning, onto the madcap playa of the world’s largest free form creative gathering in the middle of the Nevada desert. A play about the power of art, community, Walmart and MOOP and finding the courage to jump back into the deep end of life.
Burning Mom is read by Valerie Planche, and directed by Mieko Ouchi.
Mieko Ouchi works as an actor, writer, dramaturg and director. As a playwright, her plays The Red Priest (Eight Ways To Say Goodbye), The Blue Light, The Dada Play, Nisei Blue, I Am For You, Consent and The Silver Arrow have been finalists for the 4 Play Series at The Old Vic in London, the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award and the City of Edmonton Book Prize, Sterling Awards and the recipient of both the Carol Bolt Award and the Enbridge Award for Established Canadian Playwright as well as two Betty’s. Mieko also works as a director, both at Concrete Theatre where she is Artistic Director, but also in the freelance world. She has been nominated for eleven Sterling Awards as a director, winning three for Slowly, An Exchange Is Taking Place, Consent and Concord Floral. Most recently she directed Harun and Concord Floral at the Edmonton Fringe, The Temporary by Col Cseke at Downstage Theatre (Calgary) and After Juliet for the Citadel Young Company. She is currently working on this new play, Burning Mom, supported by Fu-Gen Asian Canadian Theatre, Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre and the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.
SCRIPT SALON, Sunday, NOVEMBER 10 at 7:30 in the Upper Arts Space at Holy Trinity Anglican Church (10037 84 Avenue). Doors open at 6:45.
Admission is free, but donations are accepted at the door. Refreshments available. Free parking. Playwright talkback after the show.