Island Stage Left presents ‘Slowgirl’ on San Juan

  • Wed Nov 14th, 2018 7:14am
  • Life

Submitted by Island Stage Left

What’s hiding amidst the vines and fronds and thickets in a Costa Rican jungle? It’s the secrets of Island Stage Left’s 20th-anniversary fall production of Greg Pierce’s “Slowgirl,” Nov. 15- Dec. 16 at the San Juan County Fairgrounds.

Stage Left’s Dan Mayes plays Sterling, a reclusive California attorney, driven by fear and guilt to seek isolation in the Central American jungle. His chatty teenage niece Becky arrives on short notice to escape the aftermath of a terrible accident.

Talented Seattle actor Sylvie Davidson, who was paired as Ariel with Mayes’ Prospero in this year’s production of “The Tempest,” becomes niece Becky – a nonstop talker who, it turns out, is seeking comfort and shelter from the consequences of her own sins – real, imagined and repressed.

The week they spend together forces them both to confront who they are and from what they are running. Audiences see the many ways tragedy can unmoor a life and the complex power of family to both wound and heal.

“Greg Pierce, as playwright, explores the burgeoning friendship between a teenage girl and her uncle as they mutually face the truths of their past and the challenges of the present,” said director Helen Machin-Smith. “The dialogue in this play is often funny, frequently insightful and ultimately deeply moving.”

Performance times for “Slowgirl” are 7:30 p.m. Thursday–Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sundays in the Boe building at the fairgrounds. During Thanksgiving week, performances are on Saturday and Sunday.

Then, as the winter nights grow longer and temperatures drop, Island Stage Left will present an evening of music, poetry and holiday stories to warm the spirit. This year’s presentation, “Christmas Memories,” draws from the works of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. These holiday shows have become a beloved annual tradition for islanders and visiting family and guests. The extraordinary performances, staged in an intimate setting, invite audience members to recall a simpler way of life and allow the power of imagination to imbue them with hope and peace, and let the power of laughter and community warm their hearts.

“Christmas Memories” will be performed Dec. 20–24 in the Boe Building at the San Juan County Fairgrounds in Friday Harbor. Performances will be at 7 p.m. nightly, except for Christmas Eve, where there will be two performances on Christmas Eve, at 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required for the Dec. 24 performances. No reservations are taken for other performances.

Island Stage Left has never sold tickets or charged admission. Now in its 20th season, it remains dedicated to providing professional quality theater to its island community, depending almost exclusively on donations and voluntary contributions.

For more information, visit www.islandstageleft.org.

 

Contributed photo/Island Stage Left
                                Daniel Mayes as Sterling and Sylvie Davidson as Becky.

Contributed photo/Island Stage Left Daniel Mayes as Sterling and Sylvie Davidson as Becky.

Contributed photo/Island Stage Left
                                Daniel Mayes as Sterling and Sylvie Davidson as Becky.

Contributed photo/Island Stage Left Daniel Mayes as Sterling and Sylvie Davidson as Becky.