The Drowning Girls a Play at the Pacific Theatre Vancouver

Event Details

Pacific Theatre

Three women emerge from their bathtubs, sharing two indelible bonds; they were each married to George Joseph Smith and they are all dead. The Drowning Girls tells the true story of a con man and serial killer who, in the early years of the 20th century, married and murdered three women in identical situations. Earning their confidence, he quickly married the women, stole all their money- and drowned them.

The historic case is examined in this award winning Canadian play by Beth Graham, Charlie Tomlinson, and Daniela Vlaskalic, which had its premiere in 1999, and again in an expanded version in 2008 that has since been performed all over the world.

This production is especially unique given its all-female creative team.  In a time where gender equality issues are still at the forefront, it is fitting for a play about domestic violence to be presented from a completely female perspective.

“When we hear the story behind The Drowning Girls – a man who has despicably and cruelly drowned three wives for their money – we tend to expect a deeply emotional play.  While there are certainly moments that address the emotional gravity of the situation in the script, the play is asking more than that – it’s asking us to think,” says director Ulla Laidlaw.  “The playwrights effectively show us the realities of our society.  They repeatedly interrupt us from having an emotional experience – it’s very Brechtian in that way.”

Tickets will be sold in a daring pay-what-you-think-it’s-worth model, allowing audience members to determine the value of the production on their own, and consider their financial relationship to theatre.

Artistic Team:

Directed by Ulla Laidlaw. Featuring Kim Larson, Julia Siedlanowska, Jess Amy Shead. Set, Props and Lighting Design by CJ McGillivray. Lighting Design by Milly Mumford. Costume Design by Rebecca Burks. Stage Management by Monique Fillon. Assistant Stage Management by Diana Bartosh.

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