Sinclair to Share new play at Ships

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PARRSBORO It was a dark and stormy night, and Carol Sinclair was alone with Pam Halsteads cats.

Pam was away so I was babysitting her cats for her, recalled Sinclair. It was extraordinarily windy, with the door blowing open and everything. I said to myself that I had the quiet and peace I needed to write a play in 24 hours.

Sinclair to Share new play at Ships

PARRSBORO It was a dark and stormy night, and Carol Sinclair was alone with Pam Halsteads cats.

Pam was away so I was babysitting her cats for her, recalled Sinclair. It was extraordinarily windy, with the door blowing open and everything. I said to myself that I had the quiet and peace I needed to write a play in 24 hours.

Subconsciously pulling together events like hurricane Juan, global issues such as climate change, and a personal experience she had with companion Conrad Byers, she came up with a 40-page draft of a script that became Share, Ships Company Theatres first 2007 main stage show.

With the idea of emotional hurricanes and helplessness swirling around her, she developed four characters following the traditional Agatha Christie formula of taking characters that shouldnt be together and isolating them.

I wanted four desperate people, said Sinclair. With that wind whirling, and the privacy, I just let those characters talk.

Set in a nameless Bay of Fundy community that could be Parrsboro, Share is described in Ships Company promotional material as a modern human comedy about the timeless themes of relationships and survival. Two couples mistakenly end up at the same rustic cabin with plans for a romantic weekend.

Both couples are very different, and both have very different ideas about what the future should hold for the small town, and how it can find its former glory. A hurricane sees them stormed in, and internal storms are certain to follow.

Its about our own personal emotional climate going wacky just like the barometric pressure, said Sinclair. No one has any real answers. One couple is just as nut bar as the other.

While the play is not about Parrsboro specifically, she said issues such as the mania surrounding the planned board game factory last summer, and what that would mean for the community, no doubt seeped into it subconsciously.

Like many rural communities like it, Parrsboro has its crowds who would like it for its ATV trails and hunting opportunities, while others are more interested in ecotourism and preserving nature, according to Sinclair, who said the characters in her play are similar.

There are merits to what that couple are proposing, and there are merits to what the other couple is proposing, and hopefully some kind of solution might be shared, she said.

Share previews, July 4, opens July 6 and closes July 29.

awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Ships Company Theatres

Geographic location: PARRSBORO, Bay of Fundy

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