Poster by Jude Benoit
Vanessa Cardoso-Whelan began writing Happy Anniversary during TODOS' 2020 Writing Mentorship with Robert Chafe and Santiago Guzmán. Happy Anniversary has been developed through TODOS in the 5th Annual St. John’s Short Play Festival (2020), Women's Work Festival (2021), and PARC (2022). Three years later, this play will have its world premiere on April 27-30, 2023 in yet another co-production between TODOS Productions and White Rooster Theatre, and a partnership with Neighbourhood Dance Works.
In Happy Anniversary we meet Marta and Carlos, a Portuguese-speaking couple celebrating their 12th wedding anniversary. Through the juxtaposition of a dinner celebration set in the present alongside memories from their early relationship, we learn how these two characters have grown apart and how violence has perpetuated harm and trauma at the hands of Carlos. Cardoso-Whelan handles domestic violence artistically, using tango music and dance to express tension and its physicality. As bookends for the play, we hear testimonies from other women who had experienced domestic violence.
Using a combination of text, visual design, and tango elements to tell a story of gender based violence, this production aims to explore a difficult subject in a unique and impactful way.
SET AND PROPS DESIGN
Beto de la Paz
Nora de Mariaffi
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER
Triangular Communications Inc.
*The participation of this Artist is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance Opera Theatre Policy (DOT).
In partnership with MusicNL, local musicians will take the Resource Centre For The Arts Cox & Palmer Second Space at 7:30 pm to welcome audiences to every performance.
Thank you to MusicNL and Hurricane Music for supporting us with these pre-show performances.