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New Calgary Play Examines Relationships
Released: Sunday June 17, 2012 (Calgary, AB)
It isn’t easy being Catholic and gay as Tyson, one of the ensemble characters of a new, locally written play, Rel8shun, discovers. Particularly, if you have a straight roommate and a very catholic, well-meaning but meddling sister trying to convert you back to the mother church and the straight life.
Rel8shun deals with relationships and what we are willing to sacrifice to sustain them. The play authored by local actors Amanda Liz Cutting and Jason Issac Kooy will have its first staging at the Pumphouse Theatre as a coproduction with Scorpio Theatre on June 19th to 23.
"The play took several months to write and underwent many rewrites before we started the submission process" said Kooy "We had the germ of an idea and talked to a lot of our friends in the theatre community to get their input as well".
A valuable resource was TJ Fedyk, who was raised Catholic and faces many of the issues and challenges that Tyson encounters. Fedyk currently travels to schools, speaking to students about intolerance to same sex relationships and provides support to those just coming out to their families. "He was a great inspiration for some of the heavier moments in the play" said Cutting.
As well as having its premiere performance here in Calgary, the play is accepted for the Ninamo Fringe Festival. "There are only two out of province plays accepted each year "said Cutting, who is also directing the production. A full cast of five actors will travel to Ninamo for performances during the festival run August 16-25.
Rel8shun runs June 19-23 at the pumphouse Theatre. Tickets can be purchased on line at www.rel8shun.com ($21.00, seniors $17.00)