The Donnelly Project: Sticks and Stones
Tarragon Theatre with Scarborough Arts and three Scarborough schools presents
Adapted and directed by Kat Sandler
With Greg Hertel, Zach McKendrick and Catelyn Thornton
Featuring students from R.H. King Academy, Agincourt Collegiate Institute,
and the University of Toronto Scarborough
On May 14 at 2:00 PM, Tarragon Theatre and three Scarborough schools, in celebration of Tarragon Theatre’s 45th anniversary, present an extraordinary collaborative theatre event, #TheDonellyProject, an adaptation of Sticks and Stones: The Donnellys Part I. First presented at Tarragon in 1973, the James Reaney classic has been newly adapted and is directed by Tarragon Playwright-in-Residence Kat Sandler. Over 50 young actors and musicians from R.H. King Academy, Agincourt Collegiate Institute, and the University of Toronto Scarborough will converge on the Scarborough Arts Park (Harrison Properties Park 1859 Kingston Rd) to explore, explode and claim The Donnellys as their own.
The Donnellys Trilogy is a poetic drama and a classic piece of Canadian theatre history that explores the tragedy of the Donnelly family who immigrated to Canada in 1844 to escape the political, ethnic and sectarian conflicts in Ireland – commonly referred to as “the troubles” – only to face them once again in their new home. Their struggle to survive is a thirty-six-year epic set in Biddulph Township in southwestern Ontario. The Donnellys steadfastly refuse to leave their land or cower under the pressures and prejudices within their community. Their history becomes legend as it reaches a tragic climax in 1880 when a vigilante mob of thirty men come to their home in the dead of night and massacre five members of the family. 136 years later, the story of the Donnelly family still haunts the Canadian imagination.
FREE and open to the public | Rain or shine
May 14, 2016 at 2:00 PM
Scarborough Arts, 1859 Kingston Road, Scarborough, ON M1N 1T3
Parking is available at the Birchmount Community Centre on Kingston Rd.
Please bring a blanket or lawn chair.