Alumnae member Nonnie Griffin (last seen on the Alum stage in The Queens last season) has the world premiere of her one-woman show coming up next Friday/weekend: Sister Annunciata’s Secret. Oh yeah, she’s also the Artistic Director of Crazy Folk Productions, which is producing the play, as well as the playwright and actor for this production.
Sister Annunciata’s Secret is directed by Darlene Spencer (who appeared in Alumnae’s production of For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again) and received dramaturgical support from Mat Howard (who directed Nonnie in The Queens).
Set in 1937 and based on a true story, the play is about a nun who gets involved with a young male piano student. Of the story, Nonnie said: “I know that the involvement is true, but the rest of the play is conjecture on my part and has to do with major Catholic guilt and Sister Annunciata’s agonizing climb to self-forgiveness.”
Regarding the genesis of the play, Nonnie told me: “The sexual abuse scandals in the Roman Catholic church, and the inability of the church to deal with the wrongdoing, was part of what prompted me to write this play. Also, I was shocked beyond belief when I was told it by the much older ‘boy’ that this had happened to. Mathew Howard, who directed the Talking Heads production and The Queens, was pivotal in the development of this work. Without him, I don’t believe I would have got this far with the play. His encouragement and help was invaluable.”
When: Friday, October 22 and Saturday, October 23 @ 8 pm – and a matinée on Sunday, October 24 @ 2 pm
Where: The Annex Theatre (736 Bathurst St., Toronto – just south of Bloor)
Tickets: $20 (cash only) – available at the door or call 416-266-6095 to reserve
And a little bird told me that copies of Nonnie’s book Showbiz and Other Addictions will be on sale as well.