We present four plays a year on our Greystone Mainstage season, showcasing the work of our student actors and technicians, both onstage and behind the scenes. Whether classical or cutting-edge and contemporary, every season offers a diverse mix of plays chosen to challenge our students and to entrance our audiences: a matter that is as true today as it was in 1946, when Greystone Mainstage Productions premiered on campus at the U of S.
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Under Milk Wood
February 11-13, 2021
By Dylan Thomas
Directed by Dwayne Brenna
Under Milk Wood is a meditative romp through the lives of a small fishing village in Wales. Beneath the façade of village respectability lies a cauldron of remorse, longing, passion, and murderousness. That the play ends as it began, with the citizens of Milk Wood retreating to their beds and to the vast seas of their dreams suggests that the play owes a debt to absurd literature.
Like the characters in Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, the citizens of Milk Wood live their lives in repetitive cycles of waking and sleeping. Like the characters in Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake, they arrive at the end of each day with the awareness that the next day will be a starting over.
Here is a statement from Department Head Moira Day on Under Milk Wood, which is launching our 75th anniversary season!
March 31-April 3, 2021
By Kenneth T. Williams
Directed by Deneh'Cho Thompson
Gordon Winter is an RCMP hero, a life-long champion of First Nations rights, and a bigot. He’s challenging the next generation of chiefs to stand up to the federal government when he spews a Nazi-inspired racist and homophobic rant. Suddenly, one of the most revered First Nations leaders is now one of the most reviled human beings in Canada.
While most want to consign Winter to the dustbin of history, some are quick to defend a man who did so much good in his life. Questions get asked: how should society respond to such outrageous comments from a prominent and public figure? Is it right to condemn a man based on just one moment of his life? Where did these convictions come from?
Here is a statement from Department Head Moira Day on Gordon Winter.
June 17-19, 2021
By Kevin Kerr
Directed by Skye Brandon
In the fall of 1918, a world ravaged by four years of war was suddenly hit by a mysterious and deadly plague—the “Spanish Flu.” The illness struck not only the elderly, but also people in the prime of their lives, advancing rapidly toward mortality in its victims. This phenomenon in effect brought the terror, the panic, the horror and the sense of helplessness of the Great War home with the returning soldiers—more people died of this epidemic than had been killed in battle throughout the armed conflict.
As fear of the dreaded flu spreads across Saskatchewan, an area originally believed to be too distant and remote to be affected, the town of Unity begins to take drastic measures. The town is quarantined in an attempt to keep the illness out. Trains are forbidden to stop, no one can enter, and the borders are sealed. Mail from overseas, feared to be carrying the deadly virus, is gathered and then burned. But when the disease descends upon the town despite their precautions, the citizens begin to turn on each other as they attempt to find a scapegoat for the crisis.
Kevin Kerr's award-winning play offers audiences both an epic chronicle of this chapter of Canadian history, as well as a chilling reflection of our own new century. He tells the story from the perspective of those who have the most to lose, the youth, and how they find the fortitude to face not only illness and isolation, but also death and an uncertain future.