“Every Thing Brilliant,” stars Amy Reid of Squamish.
The local theater is slated to host a new production in the spring, which will feature Amy Reid.
Squamish’s Eagle Eye Theater stage will host the production, Every shining thing, by Between Shifts Theater Society March 16-19 and 23-26 at 7:30 p.m. nightly. The play, which was written by Duncan Macmillan and Jonny Donahoe, tells the story of a mother and daughter struggling with a suicide attempt.
“When her mother tries to kill herself, a young girl tries to write down every little ‘shiny thing’ to show that her life is truly worth living. What starts as a small dedication turns into thousands and thousands. thousands of things that follow her throughout her efforts to reveal the true meaning of happiness, ”one read in a press release on the play.
Reid, who recently played a social service worker on Netflix’s Maid, is returning to the Eagle Eye Theater after recently wrapping up Squamish playwright Katherine Fawcett’s Once Upon A Cold Snap, which took place in late November and early December.
What makes this new show unique, said Reid, is that it will perform on its own with a little help from the audience.
“It’s a one-woman show and my role is just the narrator,” she said. “The other characters in the play are actually played by audience members. “
But, without spoiling the show, Reid vowed that audiences would be guided in his roles, and as such, the play would give them a different kind of viewing experience.
“It almost feels more like a conversation with the audience than a traditional play where you sit across the stage and watch the story unfold in front of you.”
Reid said she was drawn to the piece because of its take on depression and mental health as a whole.
“It’s a look at depression and mental health, but it’s done in a pretty funny way. It’s kind of a really lovely take on a heavy subject, ”she said.
Additionally, she said the piece gives her a chance to hone her improvisation skills, as each performance will have a new audience who can interact with her differently.
She added that she hopes this play will inspire new artists to engage in the community theater scene in Squamish.
“With all the rising costs and all there is to live in Squamish, we have definitely lost a lot of our key players moving to different communities… So we would like some of the new people who have also moved here to get involved. and be a part of [local theatre] because it’s worth it.
Once the show ends in Squamish, it will be presented in the North Shore area of Theater BC’s Festival of Plays in April 2022, provided there is no disruption due to COVID-19.
Ultimately, Squamish is in store for a poignant production.
“The beautiful thing about this story is that it’s not really about depression. It’s about the beautiful, tiny, seemingly insignificant and brilliant things that happen every day in your life that make this beautiful life worth living, ”said Reid.
Tickets and more information on Every shining thing are available on the Between Shifts Theater website.
Members of the public will be required to adhere to all applicable COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.