Local independent theatre company Theatre by the River is thrilled to be presenting its first production in almost two years. Prior to the pandemic lockdowns last March, Theatre by the River presented a run of The Hours That Remain by Keith Barker but were unable to produce any further programming due to the increase in closures and tightening health restrictions.
Since 2005, Theatre by the River has been producing innovative, socially relevant theatre. The company makes a point of choosing lesser-known scripts to bring to life onstage and seeks to challenge not only their audience to think outside the box about theatre and theatre practices, but also themselves. Theatre by the River also encourages patrons of any income level to attend their shows by offering “pay what you can” price options for certain performances, meaning there is no set cost for tickets and customers pay what they can afford.
This week, the company is inviting audiences to Whittier Park — near the edge of the Red River — to experience a live, open-air performance of Meet Me at Dawn. Written by British playwright Zinnie Harris, the play opens with two women washing up on shore after a horrifying boating accident. However, as happy as their reunion is, something is amiss, and not all is as it seems. Described as a “modern fable of life, love and grief,” Meet Me at Dawn is unapologetic and a beautiful allegory for the difficulties of letting go of a loved one.
The play was directed by Cherissa Richards and features the acting talents of Alissa Watson and Theatre by the River’s own artistic director, Mel Marginet. The production also features ambient music by prolific local soundscape artist Ali “Yoyu” Khan.
Theatre by the River’s upcoming programming includes a glimpse into the future of Winnipeg, tentatively titled #gladtobehere. A new work by Winnipeg playwright Ginny Collins, the production will physically take patrons to specific sites throughout the city and answer burning questions about Winnipeg after the end.
Meet Me at Dawn runs until Sept. 18, with a Sept. 19 rain date. For more information, please visit theatrebytheriver.com.