Leave of Absence
Presented by New Curtain Theatre Company
May 29 - 31, 2017 at 8:00 pm
A bedroom community outside of a large Canadian city is blown apart when 15-year-old Blake challenges long-held views of spirituality and sexuality. A student at the local Catholic High School, Blake confides in her best friend Tracey, that she is feeling sexually attracted to her.
At first encouraged and then rebuffed, Blake is eventually betrayed. Increasingly at threat among her peers, Blake finds that the strict and watchful eyes of her church are no protection.
Vulnerable to collective hatred by the adults who guard her freedom - her mother, the school principal, the local priest - all respond in different ways. Some liberally supporting her emerging sexuality; others quite conservatively vilifying her outside the church and outside the community. Ultimately they do not act to protect her, and in their inaction - they are absent - truly unable to help. What have we left undone? What ethics surround the absence of acting in response to another's needs?
$24 Students & Seniors
(HST & service charge included)