November 2005: America is two years into the Invasion of Iraq. The United Nations implements the Kyoto Protocol at the Montreal Climate Change Conference. Canada is months away from electing Harper as Prime Minister, following the Liberal Party’s Sponsorship Scandal. Grrrl Riots are out, Raunch Culture rules. Kanye’s “Gold Digger” is topping the charts, Michael Jackson is found not guilty, Cameron Diaz graces the cover of Cosmo in pinstripe trousers and a lingerie top, one headline reading “How to Deal With a Bitch Anytime, Anywhere.” And in the hyper-real basement office before you, 18-year old Pixie Findley is about to confront her History TA after he rejects her mid-term topic proposal. Essay is a dark farce that puts power imbalances and gender politics within Academia under the microscope.

Pixie – Ursula Calder
Jeffrey – Wayne Burns
Professor Galbraith – Ann-Marie Kerr

Directed by Meghan Hubley
Stage Management by Olivia Rankin
Lighting Design by Alison Crosby

Set Design by Wes Babcock
Costume Design by Everette Fournier

Sound Design by Jordan Palmer

Poster Design by Sean Skerry (Skerrcraft Creative)
Photography by Stoo Metz

Matchstick introduced Essay as the first show in their presentation of ‘Footnotes: An Evening of 3 Short Plays by Hannah Moscovitch’, running twice nightly September 22nd-26th, at The Bus Stop Theatre.

 

“Essay”, September 2021

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