Native Nations Play, Where the Blood Mixes, Gets Vancouver Reading

News   Native Nations Play, Where the Blood Mixes, Gets Vancouver Reading Vancouver Playhouse will present a Dec. 14 reading of Where the Blood Mixes, a new work by playwright and Playhouse artist-in-residence Kevin Loring.

The reading is part of the Playhouse's Write Now! Series. The play's former title was The Ballad of Floyd.

Loring, a First Nations writer, has written "a deeply personal story centered on three people from the N'lakapmux nation of Lytton, B.C.," according to the Playhouse.

Loring said in a statement, "Where the Blood Mixes speaks about the emptiness we desperately try to fill in our hearts, our longing for love and return to a place within ourselves that we can call home. Lytton's had its fair share of trauma associated with the legacies of residential schools, and although the play doesn't directly implicate the residential school system, the title 'survivor' is a handle that all native communities are familiar with."

The play, under its former title, was presented as a staged reading by the Alberta Playwrights' Network in Calgary as part of the PlayWorks Ink Festival and has since undergone more development.

The reading will take place on 7 PM Dec. 14 at Vancouver Playhouse's production centre at 160 West 1st Avenue, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Admission is free. *

The Playhouse Theatre Company, Western Canada's largest theatre company dedicated exclusively to producing works of the contemporary repertoire, was founded in 1962 with a mandate to provide the finest possible drama to audiences in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. For more information, visit www.vancouverplayhouse.com.