The Wild Banshee company presented a production of Emily’s Will written by Maxine Kern, directed by Joan Kane at the Davenport Theater, 354 West 45th St in September, 2015
Based on the true-life events of Canada’s national artist Emily Carr, Emily’s Will follows young Carr as she ventures deep into the thick forests of British Columbia, landing amongst the indigenous Kwakwaka’wakw Nation, in hopes of burying a traumatic family secret. It was in this home away from home that Carr developed as an artist and created the pieces that would eventually make her the celebrated figure she is today. The play explores themes of roots, self-discovery, and ultimately the question, “What is the line between artistic cultural inspiration, and artistic cultural appropriation?”
The cast featured Nikomeh Anderson, Stella Berg, Katherine Elliot, London Griffith, Maxine Kern and Skyler Volpe
The set was by Nazareth Hagood, costumes by Cat Fisher, lights by Jack Serio, sound by Anna Libbie Grossman, projections by Nicholas Sanchez, movement by Ioan Ardelean and stage manager Jacob Nurick.
photo credit Joe Goldman