Letters for Tomas

Letters for Tomas

The life of writer/actor Malucha Pinto was profoundly altered by the birth of her severely disabled son. Letters for Tomas grew out of the journal in which she chronicled that experience, tracing the incredible range of her own emotions (from terror right through to ecstasy) as well as the complex impact it had on her relationships and on her understanding of the world.

In April of 2002, Letters for Tomas was brought to life on the Belfry's Studio stage by an outstanding cast, including dynamic physical theatre performer Barbara Poggemiller, virtuoso choreographer and dancer Lynda Raino, veteran actor Roderick Glanville, and Canadian College of the Performing Arts student actor Dean Ozen. Their performances were enhanced by an exquisite soundscape created on stage by the musician Enrique Rivas. The sparse, dramatic set will be designed by one of Victoria's most gifted artists, Miles Lowry. Even the play's translation is homegrown, care of Victoria resident Valentina Cambiazo.

Though this will be the play's first Canadian staging, Victoria audiences were introduced to the script two years ago during PUENTE's well-received WorldPlay Reading Series at the Belfry. A Chilean documentary film about the life of Ms. Pinto and Tomas was screened recently in Chile.

 

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