Theatre Antigonish tackles sexual assault and revenge in This is for you, Anna

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ANTIGONISH – Theatre Antigonish is once again tackling a difficult but contemporary social issue with its upcoming production titled This is for you, Anna.

On stage for two nights only, February 9 and 10, the play is a haunting exploration of the issues surrounding sexual violence, revenge, feminism, and motherhood. First written in 1983, but sadly all too relevant today, This is for you, Anna is among the first Canadian plays created by a feminist collective. It was written by Suzanne Khuri, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Banuta Rubess, and Maureen White for Nightwood Theatre in Toronto, and has toured nationally and internationally.

The play tells the true story of German woman Marianne Bachmeier who walked into a courtroom in 1981 and shot the man accused of abducting and killing her seven-year-old daughter named Anna. The man had a history of criminal activity and sexual abuse, and he was killed on the spot. The play responds to this specific case, raises many questions, and contributes to larger discussions about gendered violence, the role and societal expectations of women, justice, and liberation.

The play is directed by Dr. Kailin Wright, and features a cast of four young women. Prior to the play, there will be a special live presentation of We Stand Together by StFX student athlete Emma Kuzmyk whose spoken word video garnered national media attention as part of the StFX “We Stand Together” campaign which calls for more resources and education for sexualized violence on campus. Both nights will also feature a post-show panel discussion about sexual violence, gender, and justice; and a special performance by Antigonish Improv to cap off the evening.

The shows take place at the Bauer Theatre, 7:30 p..m start, doors open at 7 p.m., on February 9 and 10. Advance tickets can be purchased online at tickets.festivalantigonish.com.

Now in its 43rd year, Theatre Antigonish is a professionally-led community theatre organization, offering high quality productions during the fall and winter months. As a non-profit organization, Theatre Antigonish brings together StFX students and members of the local community to work together on all aspects of the plays, including acting, designing, set-building, sound and light, and promotions. Theatre Antigonish acknowledges the continued leadership and support of StFX University to help sustain its tradition of high-calibre community theatre for the past four decades.

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