Tonight, I went to my first play in Vancouver. Though, I cheated a bit.
See, it's a Toronto play. It's written by a dear friend, Rob Kempson. He also happens to perform (and is amazing) in this wonderful story, so I got to spend some time with him tonight. I'm grateful for the chance to catch up, and I'll get to hang more with him this weekend. He and I spent many years doing youth outreach together - and he was there for some of the more formative experiences for me around 'teaching'.
The Way Back To Thursday is a touching story about the relationship between a Grandmother and Grandson, and follows their connection and disconnection as they each struggle to hold onto that which was special, while the pressures of life work to tear them apart.
That's my own summary. I'm sure you can find a much more poignant write up at THE WAY BACK TO THURSDAY which is part of the In Tune Festival.
What more can say is this?
I was moved the first time I saw it, I was moved the second time, I laughed numerous times, it stirred much more in me this time emotionally (as the main character has moved from TO to VAN), and I would recommend this to anyone. Particularly if you have a parent, or grandparent nearby, take them! In a way similar to Tuesdays with Morrie, this play will speak to anyone over the age of 40 loud and clear, but also will not be lost on those of us who are younger because of how honest, and moving it is.
There are only 3 more shows. It's part of a festival. Go see it.
Then call your grandparents...or parents...or someone~