A Sneak Peek at Hunger by Meghan Greeley
On Sunday, April 28, I was lucky enough to watch a dress rehearsal of Hunger by local playwright Meghan Greeley, and it was truly an incredible show. The first thing that struck me about this play was the outstanding cast. This show stars Gemini-award winning actor and best-selling author Greg Malone (CODCO, Republic of Doyle, Men of Misfortune), Deidre Gillard-Rowlings (Stratford Festival, TNL's international hit, Tempting Providence), Meghan Greeley (pulling double duty as both playwright and performer), Santiago Guzmán (recent Grenfell graduate), and Nina John (making her professional debut). This cast is easily the most diverse cast I have seen on stage in NL this year, and it is something producing company White Rooster Theatre makes a priority, which is great to see. The cast is superbly directed by Michael Waller who directed the original production of the show in 2015.
So by now, you may be wondering just what the heck this play is about, well Hunger is actually a very appropriate title as the show is an examination of how it affects human behaviour and what people are willing to do for each other in periods of crisis. Hunger is set in an isolated farmhouse during a time of ethnic cleansing, as a couple attempts to perform an act of selflessness by hiding a group of persecuted people behind the walls. This play is just as relevant today as it was when it was first produced in 2015 as it connects to current issues like climate change, food scarcity, and the refugee experience.
Through this dystopian world, Greeley has created this show makes you reflect on your own life and what you would do if faced with the same situation. How would you react to being completely dependent on others for your own nourishment and physical survival? How would that impact your relationships and what depths you are willing to go through to survive? The cast brings an enormous amount of physicality to this production, that makes this fictional world quite realistic.
With all this in mind, don’t miss this rare opportunity to see this all-star cast in this beautiful and thought-provoking piece of local theatre that will forever change the way you look at a sugar cube.
Hunger is on tour from May 1-11, 2019 opening in Trinity (May 1) at Rising Tide Theatre, you can buy tickets to that show here. The show then tours Arts and Culture Centres across the island in Corner Brook (May 3), Gander (May 5), and Grand Falls-Windsor (May 7). Tickets for those shows can be purchased here. The play finishes its run in St. John’s at the LSPU Hall (May 11) and tickets for that show can be purchased here.
Hunger is produced by White Rooster Theatre in partnership with the provincial Arts and Culture Centres for those presentations. Lastly, if you wish to know more about White Rooster Theatre you can follow them on Facebook and Instagram, @WhiteRoosterTheatre as well as @WhiteRoosterNL on Twitter.