In April 2020, just weeks into the COVID-19 pandemic, we launched Dear Rona - Letters from Lockdown, a story collection project aimed at exploring life in the time of a worldwide pandemic. The idea was simple. We wanted to hear from you - our friends - to learn how everyone was coping with this unexpected turn of events. Part social documentary, part collective therapy, the project was an attempt to stay connected with our audience while providing a creative outlet for the panic, fear and uncertainty we’ve all experienced over the past many months. The response was incredible.
During the five month submission period (April - August) we received numerous responses in the form of emails, handwritten letters, postcards, collage art, photos, recorded messages and a few videos. We even received a pair of pandemic inspired scripts! Spanning the full range of human emotion, this project helped reinforce the fact that no two people have had the same experience.
When we launched the project, we had no real concrete plan for what to do, if anything, with the stories we received. Our original call for submissions stated that all submitted work may be used to inform a future project. We just didn’t know what that project would look like until now.
As we near the one year anniversary of this pandemic’s arrival, and begin to see a glimpse of light at the end of this tunnel, we’re excited to announce Post Script, a unique work of theatre delivered directly to your mailbox in the form of weekly postcards from an unknown friend.
Audiences can choose one of three storylines to be delivered through the mail over the course of six weeks, beginning the week of April 5 – one year after the launch of Dear Rona.
In this script, we follow one person's journey to self-love. After the dissolution of their marriage, they are forced to cope with the aftermath of change. COVID further disorients their routine and introduces them to a world of solitude. How do we find meaning in isolation?
The timeline is neither short nor certain. Each of us are separated but globally connected through a shared experience. In this story, a young artist struggles with their own creativity, senselessly comparing their productivity to others, while searching for meaningful connection.
We live in a fast-paced society that prides productivity and hard work. Sometimes it’s easy to dismiss the subtle pleasures in our environment and be fully present. In this piece, our character finds the space to slow down and reflect on what they are grateful for while searching for ways to engage with nature and keep their mind sharp.
Due to the handwritten nature of Post Script, this production series is limited to just 100 tickets.
Tickets are $25 (plus taxes and fees = $31.67) can be purchased through Eventbrite. Don't miss out!
Developed by Joanna Bryson, Matt Carter and Natasha MacLellan
Inspired by stories collected through the story collection project Dear Rona - Letters From Lockdown
Note: This project is not available outside of Canada.