Play is disturbing, but relevant
“Offensive to Some,” Berni Stapleton’s regrettably relevant piece of theatre, will open next week in St. John’s, telling a story of domestic violence through the eyes of a woman who has just killed her abuser.
Originally written almost 25 years ago, the show debuted at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa in 1996 before a run at the LSPU Hall in St. John’s the following season. Following an eye-opening short run at The Gathering Place in December 2017, PerSIStance theatre is bringing the show back to the LSPU Hall by popular demand.
“Sadly, bringing focus to violence against women in our community has never been so relevant,” says Jenn Deon, PerSIStance Theatre’s producing artistic director. “It’s easy for people to assume that domestic violence is something that only happens at a distance. I think that ‘Offensive to Some’ illustrates how easy #metoo continues to happen in a society that still doesn’t do enough to support survivors.”
Miranda MacDonald stars as the show’s protagonist, first seen, blood-speckled, in an interrogation room. She has been arrested for killing her husband, and describes — through interactions with unseen police officers and talk-show hosts such as Oprah Winfrey, Ellen Degeneres and Anderson Cooper — how he spent years abusing her.
“Through dark humour, flights of fancy and dramatic flashbacks that reveal her painful PST, an unforgettable and deeply truthful portrait emerges before the audience,” the theatre company says in its description of the show.
Directed by Ruth Lawrence, “Offensive to Some” will run Jan. 24-26 at 8 p.m., and Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the LSPU Hall box office, by calling 753-4531 and online at www.lspuhall.com.