Points of View

At The Intersection of Grief and Culture

10 December 2015 49:35

In this Points of View, Assistant Director Brad Long hosts a discussion with two special guests, The December Man (L’homme de décembre) Director Sarah Garton Stanley and Paul Donison, Senior Priest, St. Peter and St. Paul’s Anglican Church and bereavement counsellor, about collective grieving for violence against women, and the creation of this production.

In the aftermath of the 1989 Montreal Massacre, Benoît and Kathleen try to help their beloved son Jean deal with the guilt of surviving what so many women did not. Seething with self-loathing, rage and powerlessness, Jean's life has come unglued. With humour, empathy and the routine of everyday life, the narrative moves backwards in time to the fateful day when Jean survived. With devastating honesty and scalpel-like precision, this searing drama explores the nature of courage and the private shadows cast by public violence.

“...no (one) should miss the chance to see this.”