Damien Atkins, a young Stratford Festival actor, becomes a young Stratford Festival playwright Aug. 22 with the opening of the world premiere of his Good Mother, a domestic drama about a mother who loses her memory.
The new work, which also features Atkins, plays at the three- quarter thrust Tom Patterson Theatre of the prestigious Ontario festival. Previews began Aug. 16. Miles Potter directs on Peter Hartwell's set.
In the play, the Driver family "struggles to cope with an accident that robs them of a mother and leaves them to care for her as she fights to regain her memory."
The cast includes Wayne Best, Kim Horsman, Andrew Dodd, Michele Graff, Lisa Horner, Shawn Mathieson, Seana McKenna (in the title role) and Jane Spidell. This marks Atkins' playwriting debut. The work won the inaugural UBC Creative Writing Residency Prize. It was workshopped at the Stratford Festival in 1999 and 2000. Designers include Wendy Greenwood (lighting) and Peter McBoyle (sound).
Opening is Aug. 22. Performances continue to Sept. 27. For information, call (800) 567-1600. — By Kenneth Jones