The Dollar Woman
By Alden NOWLAN & Walter LEARNING
Directed by Ilkay SILK | Produced by Caleb MARSHALL
WITH AN ALL-STAR NEW BRUNSWICK CAST
Jane WHEELER Robbie O’NEILL Graham PERCY Nora SHEEHAN Marshall BUTTON Jeffrey BATE BOEROP Wally MACKINNON
and Walter LEARNING
Set & Costume Designer Patrick CLARK | Lighting Designer Chris SAAD | Composer & Sound Designer Michael DOHERTY
“All-N.B. play shines in STU’s Black Box : Stellar TNB production shows why this Alden Nowlan and Walter Learning script is a Canadian classic.” – Telegraph Journal
Set in the Sussex area in the 1880’s, The Dollar Woman introduces us to the world of pauper auctions, a system whereby each year the community’s poor were auctioned or “rented” to the lowest bidder. It was only a little over a century ago that a former newspaper editor from Sussex helped bring an end to these auctions that saw the final woman sold for a dollar.
Written by Alden Nowlan and Walter Learning, The Dollar Woman is one of the first landmarks in TNB’s history. 35 years later, it is still the most controversial of their plays, and was also the first one TNB ever premiered about New Brunswick.
“To anyone yet to enjoy the wonder that is The Dollar Woman: run, don’t walk to get a ticket for this show! Unbelievable.“ Amanda, on Facebook
“TNB! Thank you for a carefully crafted show so artfully delivered and excellently executed.” Lydia, on tnb.nb.ca
“Guys. Go see The Dollar Woman. Seriously. Do it. If you live in NB, you need to. YOU MUST LEARN OUR HISTORY.” Jenna, on Twitter
“The Dollar Woman was one of the best plays I have ever seen. Kudos to TNB, the cast and crew!“ Ian LeTourneau, on Twitter
It is human nature to want to read of one’s stories in books or see them produced onstage. Wednesday night’s audience for The Dollar Woman was no exception. It responded eagerly to the performance, enjoyed seeing familiar faces and expressed its appreciation with a standing ovation. New Brunswick theatre audiences are hungry for plays like The Dollar Woman- plays that tell our stories, relate our history and remind us that humanity’s biggest questions are posed in the smallest of communities. – Laurie Glenn Norris, Telegraph-Journal
The Dollar Woman ran February 29-March 4, 2012 at The Black Box Theatre, St. Thomas University.