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Pearl Gidley

Pearl Gidley
Your Price: $15.95 CDN
Author: Gary Kirkham
Publisher: Scirocco Drama
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 97
Pub. Date: 2012
ISBN-10: 1897289790
ISBN-13: 9781897289792
Cast Size: 3 women, 2 men

About the Play:

Pearl Gidley is a full-length drama by Gary Kirkham. Based on a true story. Elderly Pearl and her sister Edith take in a mysterious new tenant – a young American soldier. Despite Pearl's objections to opening their home to a young man who they know nothing about, Pearl cannot contain her curiosity about his past. Note by note, they draw each other's stories out in this quirky story of unlikely friendships.

Pearl Gidley takes place in the Gidley boarding house where elderly Gidley sisters lead unassuming and unexciting lives in a small Ontario town in 1969. Tart-tongued Pearl and the more romantically-minded Edith live frugally, renting a room to the occasional boarder to help make ends meet. But the sisters' orderly life is turned upside-down when their neighbour George, the local piano tuner, asks them to take in Charles, a young American Vietnam veteran. The characters in this beautifully-written, bittersweet comedy gently draw out one another's stories… and along the way must come to terms with loyalty and betrayal, long-ago heartbreak, the consequences of sacrifice, and the power of music. Inspired by a former Blyth, Ontario resident by the intriguing name of Pearl Gidley. A classically trained concert pianist, she abruptly stopped performing and turned into a recluse for 45 years, until a couple of hippies entered her life in the 1960s.

Pearl Gidley premiered in 2010 at Blyth Festival in Blyth, Ontario. The play was then produced at Lost & Found Theatre in Kitchener, Ontario.

Cast: 3 women, 2 men

What people say:

"Pearl Gidley is a modest play. But it is modest in the way Carol Shields' novels are modest, Alice Munro's and Ernest Hemingway's short stories are modest or Anton Chekhov's plays are modest." — The Kitchener-Waterloo Record

"The audience gave this play a standing ovation, and for good reason…the play touches the heart... Gary Kirkham's poignant play presents intriguing relationships between four compelling characters. It deserves to be seen on other stages." — The Globe and Mail

About the Playwright:

Gary Kirkham is an award-winning Canadian actor and playwright. His plays have been produced by over 60 theatres around the world and have been translated into French, Italian, and Arabic. He was the Playwright in Residence at the Blyth Festival.

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