A young Black woman finds her own way in the world. Set in 1968, The West Woods is a new play inspired by a rural Black community in Guysborough County during a time of social change and upheaval. It focuses on the Clarke Family, and challenges the traditional roles of the rural Black woman.
written by Tara Reddick
2016 Premiere CPPC | Guysborough
2017 Eastern Front Theatre | Stages Festival
Province-wide tour | Nova Scotia
National Arts Centre | Canada Scene | Ottawa
Director Emmy Alcorn Dramaturge Don Hannah Cast (premiere) Fay Cromwell : Micha Cromwell : Tara Reddick : Nathan Simmons Cast (touring) Micha Cromwell : Mariah Inger : Alexandra Laferrière : Nathan Simmons Stage Manager June Zinck | Sylvia Bell Set/Costume Designer D’Arcy Poultney Lighting/Sound Designer Garrett Barker Production Assistant Olivia McGinn
This project is close to my heart because it gives life to what my family and community have gone through and it gives a human face to our struggles as individuals. Tara Reddick | Playwright
THE WEST WOODS was commissioned and developed at Mulgrave Road Theatre through their artist-in-residence program. Assistance was also provided by Obsidian Theatre (Toronto), Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre and Arts Nova Scotia.