It’s best to forget and move on.
Jean McBride dies unexpectedly. Her husband Bill, a legendary trade union leader, has late-stage dementia. Her daughters, Anne and Rachel, are left to wade through the remains of their mother’s life and deal with their unpredictable father. Rachel has just returned from overseas and will do anything to evade guilt or responsibility while Anne cracks at the seams as the past returns to haunt her – a past that their father believes is the present. Tensions surface and sparks fly between the sisters but the real secret remains buried. Directed by multiaward winning director Tom Healey and featuring Heather Bolton, Max Gillies, Natasha Herbert, and Genevieve Picot, Buried is a dark comedy about family, death and our greatest fear: becoming our parents.
Buried explores the dynamics of a family as well as the ‘past’ and how that past haunts each of us in its own subjective way. Black comedy is at the root of the story ands this is et up early. On the play’s opening we are at a funeral. Anne is attempting to give her eulogy but is stopped by her mother, Jean’s, unwillingness to stay in her coffin!
Buried was originally developed as part of the Tarragon Theatre Playwright’s Unit and premiered at the Next Stage Festival, Factory Theatre, both in Toronto, Canada.
Playwright Tessa King was the Urjo Kareda Emerging Artist in Residence at Tarragon Theatre (2007-08). In addition to developing two of her own new works, she assistant directed with Richard Rose on Democracy and Daniel MacIvor on How it Works. In 2008 she was a member of the Tarragon Playwright’s Unit. She was also the Artistic Producer of the Paprika Theatre Festival from 2007 – 2009. In 2008, she received a PTTP Grant from Theatre Ontario to work with Daniel MacIvor on Communion, Confession, What Happens Next and 83rd.
Recent writing credits include One Last, A Good Beginning, Miriam and the Monkfish, Radicals and Misanthropes, Last Words and The Young & the Useless. Tessa is the 2010 recipient for the Malcolm Robertson Foundation Award for Playwriting. She is currently developing Miriam and the Monkfish into a television series and working on the Australian premiere of Buried.
King divides her time between playwriting and studying medicine. In Buried she was interested in writing about the intersection between memory and the imagined:
“Buried is an exploration of the individual and collective memories of a single family and the tensions that ensue from conflicting reconstructions of the past. Every time we remember we not only retrace but we also forge new neurological pathways and connections. Remembering is an active event. Remembering is imagining."
fortyfivedownstairs is proud to present a rehearsed reading of Buried on Monday September 13.