Chloe Moss's lovingly crafted, award winning 'women out of prison' drama. Set in the UK, it's a funny, poignant, fierce portrayal of two very different women trying to move forward with their scarred, stigmatized lives.
Over two productions, Astrid Van Wieren and Claire Burns achieved a symbiotic rapport and a genuine pathos that evoked Chekhov.
Canadian Premiere - Theatre Passe Muraille, Backspace
“First class performances and astute direction make This Wide Night a night to remember."
Jeniva Berger, scenechanges.ca
“There's lots to admire in director Jon Michaelson's production, which captures the script's humor as well as much of its tension."
Jon Kaplan, Now Magazine
Remounted as a site-specific production at the Red Sandcastle Theatre, Leslieville. Astrid received a Dora Mavor Moore award for her outstanding performance as Lorraine.
“Jon Michaelson has directed the two actors with great sensitivity and insight. A play like this about constantly, subtly shifting aspects of a relationship will only work with strong performances from both performers. And both Astrid Van Wieren and Claire Burns are absolutely superb. Mermaid Parade's production proves that great theatre can happen anywhere.”
Christopher Hoile, Stage-door
“Both Van Wieren and Burns work beautifully together, creating that tenuous, careful, tentative world of these two fragile, damaged women. While Lorraine and Marie are hard-nosed British women, the story could be about anywhere. This Wide Night is a tough play, well done. Jon Michaelson’s direction adds to that bleak, yet vivid world. For 90 minutes we are in that world too. “
Lynn Slotkin, The Slotkin Letter
Set & wardrobe design: Lindsay Anne Black
Lighting: David DeGrow / Colin Harris
Music by Mike Conley and Emily Derr
Stage Manager: Meredith Henry Photography: Virginia MacDonald Associate Producer: Zarrin Darnell-Martin, NTS/CALP
Astrid Van Wieren