The Box Social
Short story by James Reaney
Adapted for stage by Nicole St. Martin
Preface Theatre Company, 2008
Director: Michael Bradley
Set Designers: Michael Bradley and
Nicole St. Martin
Costume Designer: Victoria Shillington
Sound Designer: Satellite Sound Design
Projection/Animation Designer: Andre
Lighting Designer: Elaine Wong
Photography by Joanna McDermott
Sylvia is a lonely young girl who is an outsider in her community: she speaks very little and few go out of their way to speak to her. Her only companions are the three Furies that follow her on her journey and give her world colour and voice. When Sylvia falls in love with the nameless "He", a boy in her class, she is delighted to catch his eye but is unsure of herself and how their relationship should proceed. One unexpected night leads to pregnancy and then to miscarriage, spurring Sylvia to voice her anger and betrayal, confronting "Him" with the silent truth.
The production is a stylized interpretation of the story, centred in movement, but also incorporating projected animation and traversable scenery. As the story leaps forward and backwards through time, redolent with foreshadowing and dramatic irony, the lighting seeks to help delineate past from present, as well as Sylvia's fantastical inner world from the real world.