Was at the Canadian Stage Company’s Berkeley Street Theatre tonight to see a performance of “The Middle Place”. The show is the result of a partnership between a playwright and the residents of a homeless shelter for youth. As part of Project: Humanity, playwrights and artists wanted to shed light on the issue of homelessness through a play based on the stories of several young people. J, and mom, do I have your attention!? Haha.
Youth Without Shelter (YWS) is a referral agency and an emergency residence for youth. It’s located in Rexdale, in Toronto’s west end. So, after a series of interviews, spanning two summers, a play was developed in a style known as “verbatim theatre”. Imagine an attempt at theatre meets documentary.
This play is particularly interesting to me because it’s toured different theatres and theatre festivals, but it has also been performed at 21 different high schools in the Toronto area. First and foremost, it was performed for the residents of the shelter.
The acting was strong. The playwright played himself, interviewing the four actors who embodied several personalities each.
Of course, I couldn’t help but think of my mother and my older sister, who have experience in this line of work…what would they think, if a theatre troupe approached them and asked to do this type of project?
The show will be at Canadian Stage company until March 12, 2011, before going on tour for the spring.