The Good Bride
A Firehall Arts Centre/Alley Theatre Coproduction Written by Rosemary Rowe Directed by Donna Spencer Starring Marisa Emma Smith
Winner of the 2016 Sterling Award for "Outstanding New Play", The Good Bride is a one-woman comedy about a Quiverfull Christian girl. As 15-year old Maranatha waits excitedly for her fiancé to carry her off to their wedding, we catch a glimpse into a teenage girl’s thoughts on love, sex, and milkshakes -- and watch her pray to a God she loves without question. But as she’s made to wait, night after night, will her faith uphold? Inspired by true events. “A sharply comical, fresh feminist voice with an unexpected point of view … (Smith’s) performance is a feat.” – Janet Smith, The Georgia Straight “Fabulous performance. This is a tour de force … made my blood boil.” – Jo Ledingham Vancouver-based playwright Rosemary Rowe spent years “undercover” on Quiverfull Christian women’s blogs and internet chat-rooms — listening to their experiences and discovering how their closed-door societies operate. During a time of US anti-birth control legislation, the #metoo movement, and rise of fundamentalism —The Good Bride strikes a vital balance of brutal truth mixed with absurd hilarity. CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM Starring Marisa Emma Smith, Director Donna Spencer, Assistant to the Director Krys Yuan, Set Designer Carolyn Rapanos, Costume Designer Barbara Clayden, Sound Designer CJ McGillivray, Lighting Designer Lauchlin Johnson, Props Designer Diana Bartosh, Technical Director Liz Kraft, Stage Manager Joanne P. B. Smith. ABOUT ROSEMARY ROWE Rosemary Rowe is a playwright, essayist, blogger and performer whose plays, cabaret pieces and occasional donut performance art have been produced on stages across Canada. Most recently, her short play Anne and Diana were TOTALLY DOING IT was published in Queering the Way: The Loud and Queer Anthology and her essay Aspiring Lesbian Aunt was published in the LAMBDA Award-nominated anthology A Family By Any Other Name: Exploring Queer Relationships. Rose’s play Benedetta Carlini – Lesbian Nun of Renaissance Italy!! was translated into Italian and will be published in 2019. She’s currently collaborating with her wife, Kate Trgovac, on a feature film and TV series.
"A sharply comical, fresh feminist voice ... (Smith's) performance is a feat."