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Blow Wind

Blow Wind

By Daniel Macdonald
By (composer) Eileen Laverty
Subjects: Prairie Playwrights, Saskatchewan, Death, Grief & Loss, Family Life, Siblings, Rural Settings, Community Theatre Picks
Casting: 3 f, 2 m
Duration: 97 minutes
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780369103635, 192 pages, September 2022

Description

After years of running from her dysfunctional past, Sarah returns home to the family farm in Saskatchewan to find her mom Kathleen yelling into the wind, setting off a turbulent new chapter in her life. Instead of finding comfort in “home,” Sarah learns nothing is how she remembers it, and with Kathleen’s growing dementia, nothing will ever be the same again.

Two of Sarah’s older siblings, Jolene and Steven, are more focused on the future ownership of the farm and are planning a supper that could help influence that decision. But Sarah turns her attention to Kathleen, who keeps chasing things that aren’t there: a fox, a hill, the answers to questions only Sarah’s adopted brother Tom holds the key to. When an unexpected outcome shocks the family at the supper, much more than the farm is at stake. 

Blow Wind is a beautiful portrait—with musical accompaniment—of a family that together must build new paths forward while learning how to love, let go, and forgive.

Reviews

“Powerful, gripping, chilling . . . ”

- Matt Olson, Saskatoon StarPhoenix