Nov 25, 2021 - Dec 5, 2021
The Bus Stop Theatre (2203 Gottingen St, Halifax, NS)
HomeFirst Theatre welcomes you to attend the Atlantic Canadian premiere of Colleen Murphy's play, The December Man directed by Artistic Director Mary Vingoe, at the Bus Stop Theatre November 25th - December 5th, 2021.
The December Man won the Governor General's Award for Drama in 2007 and is inspired by one of the most tragic and significant incidents in our country's history, the École Polytechnique Massacre on Dec 6th, 1989. Murphy's play deals with the fate of a bystander who witnessed the event and could/did not act. The December Man is the story of how he and his family were tragically affected. For those of us who remember it vividly, this play helps us to understand the terrible aftermath that still lives with us. For a generation that wasn't born when it took place, The December Man is a revelatory experience. With mass shootings on the rise and gender-based domestic violence at an all-time high during COVID-19, this examination of ' the bystander effect' in The December Man is startlingly relevant to Nova Scotians and beyond.
Murphy's play brings insight, and compassion to an unimaginable tragedy, reflecting deeply on the question of what it means to be a bystander of these events. Inevitably we must ask ourselves the question, would/could we have behaved differently? How could we have helped?
December 6th, 2021 is the 32nd Anniversary of the École Polytechnique Massacre. We hope our production will help spark conversation and bring more local awareness and insight into both this specific tragedy, ones like it, and its aftermath in today's world.
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