Live Theatre: “Having Hope at Home”

A Many Hats Theatre Production

The birth of a child can bring out the best and the worst in all of us. It can also precipitate a generous amount of laughter at least when dealt with by a master playwright like David S. Craig the creative genius behind Many Hats Theatre Company’s next production Having Hope at Home.

The story of Hope’s arrival begins with Carolyn Bingham (Colleen Fox) who is nine months pregnant. As a fence-mending exercise Carolyn is having her parents (Tammy Hansel and Vance Potter) over for dinner. Mom and dad don’t approve of her French Canadian husband Michel (Alyosha Pushak) or the fact that she and Michel are living in a ramshackle house on Grandpa’s (Jamie Eberle) dairy farm.

When mom and dad arrive, she refuses to let them know that she’s going into labour, because she fears that if she does, her controlling father, who is a gynecologist, will insist that she give birth in a hospital, and she wants to have the baby at home. Of course hiding the contractions becomes more difficult, enter the midwife (Jeanne Wnuk) and hilarity ensues.

David S. Craig is one of Canada’s most prolific and successful dramatists. He has written 29 professionally produced dramatic works including his hit comedy Having Hope at Home and the internationally acclaimed Danny, King of the Basement. David’s work has won numerous awards including The Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Production (three times), the Chalmers New Play Award (three times), the Rideau Award, The Canada Council Prize, The Writer’s Guild Prize for Radio Drama and a Geoffrey. Toronto’s NOW Magazine named David, “One of Canada’s Top Twenty Playwrights.”

Having Hope at Home opens on the Cannery Stage in the Cannery Trade Centre, 1475 Fairview Road, Penticton on April 7 and runs until April 30 with performances Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00PM and a Sunday Matinee at 2:00PM.

Reserved seat prices are $22 for adults and $19 for students. Tickets may be purchased at the Wine Country Visitor’s Centre at Railway and Eckhardt or by phone 250-276-2170 or 1-800-663-5052.

The opening night audience is invited to a reception in the featuring the wines of Play Estate Winery (one of the Okanagan’s newest wineries!) immediately following the opening night performance.

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