How do we deal with the loss of ability and a life-limiting illness? The play VESTA, by Bryan Harnetiaux, addresses this subject from the perspective of elderly Vesta and her family. The script has been adapted to bring a Canadian and regional perspective, and refers to services available locally for families facing these issues.
Most of us prefer not to think about ailments and death until we are forced by circumstances to deal with them, and find ourselves unprepared for all that goes with them, including paperwork. The characters in “Vesta” are no different, and the play gently -- and with humour -- helps us to recognize how normal and inevitable it all is. We will recognize ourselves, some of our friends and neighbours, and some of our family members, past and present.
The play is entertaining and thought-provoking. Audience members may find that it helps progress toward an attitude of acceptance and adaptability about loss of abilities and function, both in oneself and in loved ones, and ultimately, about death as well. It's a roller coaster of emotion!
Playing the role of Vesta is Marnie Jacobsen. Rounding out the 5-member cast are Jenni Sirges, Aaron Cosbey, Molly Jamin, and Stephanie Buhler, with Lisa Henderson as director.
“Vesta” is sponsored by the Greater Trail Hospice Society with a grant from the LeRoi Foundation.
Where: Iona Hall
(basement of St. Andrew’s Church in Trail; entry at the back of the building, via the alley door)
When: Friday, Nov. 1 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2:00 pm
Tickets: $10.00 at the door or at the Greater Trail Hospice Society office in Kiro Wellnesss Centre
Goodies: available by donation