WITH GLOWING HEARTS:
How Ordinary Women Worked Together to Change the World (And Did)
by Jennifer Wynne Webber
“Your heart will glow with pride in our history and fill with hope for our future. A ‘must see’ for everyone – whether you are a social activist or not. Go celebrate this true story and leave inspired and challenged.”— Barb Byers, Member of the Order of Canada, former Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian Labour Congress
“This play is just what you’ll need to lift your hearts and your spirits! What an inspiring story. . .” — Lori John, Secretary-Treasurer, Saskatchewan Federation of Labour
WITH GLOWING HEARTS is the rousing true story of a group of hard rock miners’ wives who came together in 1941 to stand up for better conditions for their families. They became the heart and soul of a union movement that ultimately changed their lives — and the world.
“The biggest winner was WITH GLOWING HEARTS” . . . “a triumph“ — Ned Powers, SaskatoonExpress
“BEST OF THE FEST” — 2016 PotashCorp Fringe Theatre Festival, Saskatoon
“…spare, sensitively written and beautifully paced” — Ian C. Nelson”
“…I laughed and cried. I got angry. I gained courage… I am more hopeful than ever that together we can make our lives, our communities, our country and our world a better place for all.” — Barb Byers, Member of the Order of Canada, former Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian Labour Congress
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News & Upcoming. . .
- Happy to announce that New York’s Urban Stages, an Obie Award-winning Off-Broadway theatre, will host a staged reading of “With Glowing Hearts.” The reading takes place Thursday, April 26th at 6:30 pm. (Doors open at 6 pm for a pre-reading reception)
Urban Stages is at 259 West 30th St. (between 7th & 8th Avenues)
Directed by Kim Sharp, the New York cast will feature Stephanie Cozart, Lauren Schaffel, Stephanie Stone, and Valerie Terranova.
The reading is part of Urban Stages’ “Words by Women” week which runs April 23-26th.
- A premiere of the new full-length version of “With Glowing Hearts” recently played as part of TheatreOne’s 2017-18 MainStage Series on Vancouver Island. Directed by David Mann, the cast featured Amber Landry, Michelle Lieffertz, Tamara McCarthy, and Linda Pollard.
- In June, 2017, a shorter “lunch hour”version of With Glowing Hearts was part of Lunchbox Theatre’s new play festival: The Suncor Stage One Festival of New Work. The festival workshop culminated in a public staged reading on June 23rd. Directed by Valmai Goggin, the cast featured Amy Burks, Cheryl Hutton, Kristen Padayas, and Val Planche.
More productions are currently in the offing so be sure to check this page again!
Background. . .
The original one-act version of “With Glowing Hearts” was commissioned by Dr. Elizabeth Quinlan at the University of Saskatchewan and was based on her historical and sociological research.
Performed by University of Saskatchewan (U of S) Drama students and alumni, the play had a preview performance in Waskesiu, SK on June 13, 2016 at the SGEU Prairie School for Union Women, before being mounted at the Saskatoon Fringe Theatre Festival from July 28- August 6th, 2016. There it enjoyed a highly successful run, garnering enthusiastic reviews and consistently sold-out houses.
(Pictured below: (L-R) Nadia Mori as Cécille Gauthier, Erin Carson as Dorothy Macfarlane, Rachelle Block as Poppy Chytuk, and Caitlin Zacharias as Kay Carson.) By the end of the Fringe, after a run of sold-out performances, WITH GLOWING HEARTS had earned the largest box office receipts of the festival, and officially won the title, “Best of the Fest.”
Vintage typewriter promo – for TheatreOne’s April 11-14th run on Vancouver Island:
Video teaser for the upcoming run at TheatreOne on Vancouver Island:
Video teaser from the 2016 U of S student/alumni Fringe production of the original one-act version play. (Video by S.E. Grummett)