By Vern Thiessen
Tannis Kowalchuk performs the role of Anne Hathaway in a lively song-filled solo performance about the life of Anne Hathaway, the wife of William Shakespeare. The play begins on the afternoon of Shakespeare’s funeral. Anne knows she must read her husband’s will, but before she does, the widow relives her life as mother, wife, and woman in 17th century Stratford-Upon-Avon. Basing the narrative upon the little information known about the Bard’s wife, playwright, Vern Thiessen has written a sensitive and humorous text in verse, taking great delight imagining and inventing the robust, earthy, and intelligent character of Anne Hathaway.
- Directed by Mimi McGurl
- Music by Kurt Knuth
- Costumes by Karen Flood
- Lighting by Zoot and Joe Murray
Tannis Kowalchuk breathes rich, layered life into the character, who is funny, wise and burdened, as she regales the audience with her experience being married to the world’s most famous playwright. Mimi McGurl’s direction is flawless, and music and sound designer Kurt Knuth’s contribution more than noteworthy. The entire production is enhanced with a great use of the space, props, costumes and lighting (provided by the multitalented Zoot) and Kowalchuk’s performance a tour de force.
—Jonathan Fox, THE RIVER REPORTER
Throwing sentimentality, reverence, and historical accuracy out the window, Thiessen imbues his script with humour and a brand of theatricality that is equally apparent on the page as on stage. Embracing a refreshing audacity that pushes presumption aside, he presents an alternative perspective on Shakespeare that’s an intelligent and generous vehicle for actors hardy enough to drive it.
—Elizabeth Mitchell, QUILL AND QUIRE
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