For the last few years I have been heading up to Canada for a great playwrighting event called SHE SPEAKS which takes place in the city of Kitchener, Ontario. As someone who does not live in a big city, I have little contact with those who toil at creating plays, male or female. This event takes women seriously as having something to say — especially about themselves.
Our northern neighbor has a softer cast to life. Not carrying guns and openly still acknowledging that Canada is an immigrant nation helps define this less sharp edge. This is not to say Canada is without problems, but they seem different than ours which so obcess the USA these days.
And there are similarities. There were plays addressing needs of women over their reproductive life as well as suicide and body image. My particular piece involved older women who were attending their mother’s funeral with still unresolved issues regarding the deceased parent. Since I was one of the few older women, I wondered if it would speak to many. It did.
While Canada and the USA are close in much I am aware that we have individual national identities. How nice that the border is not closed on either side, so both countries and the writers therein can learn from each other. I recommend everyone go north (due north) every now and then.