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Off The Page
November 21, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Best Case Scenario
by Dave Deveau
Featured readers are Janet Hodgkinson, Kris Fleerackers, Jarred Stephen Meek and Sophia Ballantyne.
The playwright will be in attendance for a talkback session.
In Best Case Scenario Harmony shows up on her estranged son’s doorstep. They haven’t spoken in five years, and their already shaky relationship is slowly pulled at like a loose thread. Harmony has been on a journey of trying to heal herself by any means possible in order to be the mother her son has always wanted. But, of course, nothing goes right. From karaoke at gay bars to serendipitous meetings in hospital cafeterias, Best Case Scenario explores whether forgiveness, with its many emotional tendrils, is every really possible.
Best Case Scenario is the companion play to Lowest Common Denominator (Off the Page, 2020), which centres around Harmony, who is trying to get back on her feet post-divorce and ends up on a blissful, booze-filled date with Peter, an insurance salesman. But when she walks in on her seventeen-year-old son Trevor kissing him, something changes in her and the course of all three of their lives is set in motion. The play is about the unconditional love of a mother for her son, and what happens when the safety of that love is challenged. At the end of the play Trevor severs his relationship with his mother. Although it is a sequel to Lowest Common Denominator, Best Case Scenario is a stand-alone piece and an audience will not need to have seen the first play.
As an award-winning writer, Dave Deveau investigates queer themes that speak to a broad audience. His work has been produced across North America and in Europe. He is the Playwright in Residence for Vancouver’s Zee Zee Theatre, and, in total, his plays have been nominated for 21 Jessie Awards, 4 Ovation Awards and 4 Dora Awards. Before the pandemic, he was scheduled to embark on a five-city tour with his husband and son in their all-ages drag-theatre hybrid show Parents Are A Drag. He is deeply devoted to developing intelligent, theatrical plays for young people that foster conversation and has recently been appointed as Co-Artistic & Managing Director at Carousel Theatre for Young People in Vancouver.
Admission by donation at the door.
Masks required, Vaccine QR code (double vaccinated) and photo ID required
Note: All staff and presenters are fully vaccinated