by Sarah Waisvisz
Dramaturgy by Rebecca Benson
Cast: Maryse Fernandes and Margo MacDonald
Music/Sound: Scottie Irving
Heartlines is about fighting for love and freedom in the face of war. The play traces the interaction of love, art, and war as it reimagines the lives of French surrealist and avant-garde artists Lucy Schwob (a.k.a. Claude Cahune) and Suzanne Malherbe (a.k.a. Marcel Moore). Lucy and Suzanne were also secretly Jewish, lesbian life partners, and active in the French Resistance during the Second World War, specifically on the Isle of Jersey. Before the war, they ran with the members of Paris’ fashionable and thriving salon and art scene in the 1920’s and 1930’s, and they fled Paris and moved to the Isle of Jersey when war seemed inevitable. Heartlines is a big, wild, broad epic that sweeps over three time periods: Paris in 1929; the Isle of Jersey in the early 1940’s after the Germans occupied the Channel Islands; and the liminal realm of memory.
Saturday May 26 2:30pm – Arts Court – Library
Sarah Waisvisz is a playwright, performer, and theatre maker in Ottawa. She has been Playwright in Residence at GCTC, is currently an Artist in Residence at the NAC English Theatre, and is the founder of Calalou, a company dedicated to the development of stories by underrepresented communities. Recent creations include her solo show Monstrous, which premiered at Ottawa’s undercurrents festival, and Strange Bedfellows (through a Theatre 4.669 residency). Next up: a performance of Moving Stories 2 (with NAC Dance) on May 28; a work-in-progress presentation of Skin Songs, a collaboration with Lola Ryan and Eleanor Crowder (June 26); and a staged-reading of a new play, Double Helix (summer 2018)
A 25-minute excerpt of Heartlines was developed and presented as a lightly-staged public performance in March 2016 at Ottawa’s Arts Court. With the support of three Theatre Creator’s Reserve grants (recommended by GCTC, the Shaw Festival and the Cabaret Company), an OAC Playwright’s Residency at GCTC, and a Canada Council artist residency at the NAC, Sarah is currently working on expanding the script into a full-length, workshop-ready draft.