At first glance Grace and Gloria could not seem more opposite – old vs young, rural vs urban, educated vs uneducated, faithful vs atheist, extravagant vs frugal, and the list goes on. yet they not only forge a bond, they discover they have valuable insights to give each other. The journey through life to death is complex; guidance and inspiration can come from unexpected places. If you stay open to possibility, no matter how far along the journey you are, you may find there are still surprises. And at any point in the journey, no matter how closed your heart is, it can still be opened.
I have been blessed in my life with a number of elder women who have not only inspired me, but offered me rare and lovely gifts through their wisdom and friendships. I am still always surprised when their time comes, as I think of them no differently than my closest contemporary girlfriends. Age seems irrelevant when there is shared laughter and tears!
I dedicate this production to Phyllis Gray, my newest “Grace”, who inspires me daily with her courage, determination, kindness and laughter as she faces the greatest challenge of her journey.
As Artistic Director of Ship’s Company (Parrsboro, NS) then Lunchbox Theatre (Calgary, AB), Pamela produced or directed over 60 productions, mostly world premieres. Based in Nova Scotia, she artistically helms DMV Theatre, advises Valley Summer Theatre and coordinates PERFORM! in the Schools. In 2013, Pamela received the inaugural Evans Award for her contribution to the Calgary theatre community. She is thrilled to return to Chemainus after directing last season’s Over the River and Through the Woods.