The Re­turn’s fam­ily ties

David Woods and Voices Black Theatre Ensem­ble present this psy­cho­log­i­cal fam­ily drama.

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The Re­turn Thu Sep 7, 5:15pm; Sat Sep 9, 8:45pm; Sun Sep 10, 1:40pm Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Got­tin­gen Street $12/$14

Writ­ten and di­rected by David Woods and pre­sented by Voices Black Theatre Ensem­ble, The Re­turn tells the story of a young woman re­turn­ing home to her hum­ble fam­ily in the fic­tional ru­ral town of Coleville, Nova Sco­tia af­ter seek­ing fame and for­tune in the big cities. The play is a “jour­ney into the psy­cho­log­i­cal mo­ti­va­tions of dam­aged in­di­vid­u­als who hide in pro­jec­tions of wealth, re­li­gion and fam­ily,” says Woods. “It also ex­plores the di­chotomy of Black and white so­ci­eties and those who are lost in that di­chotomy.”

The Re­turn was ini­tially con­ceived as a part of a tril­ogy of plays called Woman Songs, which de­buted at the Fringe Fes­ti­val in 1995. This pro­duc­tion also gives the op­por­tu­nity for four young ac­tors to take the stage, many for the very first time. “All are novice stage ac­tors,” says Woods. “Their first time in se­ri­ous dra­matic roles.”

At the 2015 Fringe, the Black Voices Ensem­ble staged Once: Africville Sto­ries and won an award for Best Drama, and were back last year with the cap­ti­vat­ing Speak­ing in Tongues. By now a Fringe sta­ple, au­di­ences can ex­pect com­pelling new work from Woods and the Voices Black Theatre Ensem­ble.

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The Re­turn fea­tures novice stage ac­tors.

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