CreateTruth Productions partnered with NightShift Theatre in the development of Broken Branches to produce two workshops. The first took place in August 2016 with a reading for a small group of invited guests. In October 2016 a public reading was presented at Workman Arts. Joanne Latimer directed the actors who brought the script to life, triggering laughter, a few tears, and a willingness to share their experience
Over fifty people attended the reading and all remained for a lively and engaging discussion with playwright Lorene Stanwick, Joanne, and the actors. The questions were incisive and both the audience and the creative team shared stories of how Broken Branches impacted them, their understanding of what sibling abuse is, and how their own lives have been touched by it.
Thank you to Patricia Casey, Mark Correia, Karleena Kelly, Anastasia Kokolakis, and Katerina Taxia for their powerful performances, and to the many people who came out for a very special evening.
We wish to thank the Ontario Arts Council for their generous support of the development of Broken Branches.