"We can be fair even if she is not fair."
Lark & Whimsy's first production was the world premiere of Erin Vandenberg's Salt, directed by Briana Brown. The play explores the impact of addiction and mental illness on the relationship between two teenage sisters and their alcoholic mother. When Lilias returns home after a year at school, she finds her mother Vivian increasingly fixated on Great Aunt Rose ‐ a figure Lilias believes never existed ‐ and her sister Petal virtually engrossed in a construction-paper fantasy world. Faced with an ever‐deteriorating family situation, Lilias struggles to chart a course that protects herself and Petal from Vivian’s abuse. But as tensions run high, the roles of abuser and victim become blurred. With rich theatricality, imagery and language, Salt immerses the audience in a moving and modern portrait of mental illness.
"Salt is a beautiful and harrowing portrayal of mental illness and abuse...Vandenberg’s writing in Salt was reminiscent of Tennessee Williams. " Mooney on Theatre.
"Consistently engaging and director Briana Brown elicits a number of superior performances." Stage Door.
To read more about the play, visit our blog for interviews with Salt's creative team, a peek into our rehearsal process and more. There's also Erin's feature piece in Intermission Magazine and her interview with In the Greenroom's Hallie Seline.
Salt was a Canadian Actors’ Equity Association production under the Artists’ Collective Policy.
Production photos by Robert Harding.
FWYC Donors - THANK YOU
This production would not have been possible without the generosity of the donors to our Fund What You Can Campaign. We are delighted to say that because of their support, we reached our fundraising goal. They are:
Dave & Cathy Armour, Patti Breen, Genevieve Georget Smyth, Clive Ledger, Joseph Hickey, Mark & Tamz Sykes, Don Baker Sr, Don Baker Jr, Naomi MacLeod, Teresa Hallas, Meg Hickey, Gerry Hill, Chantelle Laliberte, Glen & Rosemary Nevin, Lynn Nevin & Brent Millar, Shaun Robbie, Mike, Laura & Jake Lanteigne, Jeremy Doiron & Hannah MacDonald, Dan Chapman-Smith, Christina Lisinska, Robin Whitehead, Steve & Rosanna Mitchell, Gerry Jordan, Bryan & Amanda Kazragis, Marie Salcioglu, Kelly Read, Janet & Reg Thursby, Gabi Epstein, Christine Pellerine, Hallie Seline, Rennie Hickey, Jeni Walls, Ruth Smillie, Alix Kazman, Aviva Zimmerman, Ella Batten, Philip Connolly, Esther & Sheldon Spring, Fay Karp, Dan Leberg, Rebecca Hales, Danette Baker, Brianna Goldberg, Sarah Miller, Matthew MacFadzean, Emily Hughes, Wendi Schwindt and Lisa Li.
Our love and gratitude to all of you.