W.O. Mitchell’s The Kite on stage at Rosebud until August 31
There is still time to take in Rosebud theatre’s retelling of W.O. Mitchell’s Canadiana classic The Kite.
This is Rosebud Theatre’s summer production, retelling the story of a CBC journalist trying to secure an interview with Daddy Sherry, Canada’s oldest man, on the eve of a surprise birthday party.
Rosebud has staged the play before, more than a decade ago. One connection to that production is Nathan Schmidt, who is back playing the lead as Daddy Sherry.
“Nathan Schmidt’s performance as Daddy Sherry over a decade ago is one of the most talked-about comedic performances on our stage. When I read the script again, I laughed out loud! I think that if W.O. Mitchell lived to be 117, he’d be as cantankerous as Daddy Sherry, said Rosebud’s artistic director Morris Ertman.
The play runs Wednesday through Saturday for the rest of August at the Rosebud Opera House.
After that, Rosebud Theatre shifts gears for its fall performance called the Mountaintop by American playwright Katori Hall.
This a fictionalized depiction of Martin Luther King’s last night on earth in his hotel room. There, he is joined by Camae, an angel disguised as a maid who reveals she is there to collect King and bring him to heaven.
“I have been obsessed with the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. since college. And this fiction about an encounter with an angel the night before he is shot is so powerful. It contextualizes a person whose life inspired so many, including this storyteller,” said Ertman.
The Mountaintop opens on Friday, September 13.
Rosebud’s production of W.O. Mitchell’s The Kite continues until August 31. Its fall production of The Mountaintop opens on September 13.