Wild Geese

written by Jennifer Wynne Webber
a staged reading directed by David Mann

On Tuesday, June 18, 2019 in the The Port Theatre lobby, we witnessed the staged reading of the first draft of this emotional, funny, and very human script. Stay tuned for further opportunities to see future versions as we work our way towards a full production.

Cass is a free spirit without a conventional bone in her body. Her aging dad is every bit as independent and indomitable. But, like the wild geese they both love, it’s in their genes to look out for family — to stay behind and protect one another when one falls ill. So when his health deteriorates, she invites him to move in with her and her partner — forcing them all to find new ways to fly.

This staged reading is directed by TheatreOne’s Artistic Director David Mann. He comments, “We are thrilled to embark on a new play development project with playwright Jennifer Wynne Webber, who made such a positive impression on TheatreOne’s audience with her hit play With Glowing Hearts: How Ordinary Women Worked Together to Change the World (And Did). The workshop and public reading of Jennifer’s new play Wild Geese will be the first step in a continuing process of development with the intended goal of mounting a production of the play in TheatreOne’s MainStage Series in the not-too-distant future. The public reading on June 18 is a great chance to be in on the first stage of this exciting process.”

Jennifer Wynne Webber is the author of numerous plays including Beside Myself, published by Scirocco Drama, and one critically acclaimed novel, Defying Gravity, which was published by Coteau Books and subsequently nominated for three Saskatchewan Book Awards, including Book of the Year. Her drama White Lies was published by the literary journal, Ryga: A Journal of Provocations; it was chosen in 2010 by New York’s Urban Stages for inclusion in its staged readings series and as the theatre’s sole nomination for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Now based in Nanaimo, Jennifer has lived and worked across Canada, with lengthy experience in theatre also as an actor and dramaturge. She is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada and has both an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and a degree in History from the University of Saskatchewan. Later this month, Jennifer returns to New York for a staged reading of With Glowing Hearts at Urban Stages.

For more information: www.jenniferwebber.com

We acknowledge the support of the Province of British Columbia and the City of Nanaimo.