Damien Atkins, a young Stratford Festival actor, becomes a young Stratford Festival playwright Aug. 16 with the first preview 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. 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, Shawn Mathieson, Seana McKenna (in the title role) and Jane Spidell. This marks Atkins' playwriting debut.
Opening is Aug. 22. Performances continue to Sept. 27. For information, call (800) 567-1600.
— By Kenneth Jones