Montreal, May 9, 2018 – Gabrielle Soskin, founder of Persephone Productions, returns to the stage in the world premiere of Counting Aloud, a one-woman show she wrote, inspired by her determination to learn to play the piano later in life. Playing from May 31st to June 3rd at the Studio Jean-Valcourt du Conservatoire, Counting Aloud portrays not only the frustrations of learning a new and very technical skill, but also the trials Gabrielle faced in her personal life. The 4-day run is presented as a fundraiser for the company in support of future programming.
Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.
– William Shakespeare
Interweaving some of Shakespeare’s reflections on life, Counting Aloud is the story of a passionate ‘woman of a certain age’ who takes up the piano for the first time with dreams of playing like a concert pianist. No stranger to dedication and discipline, having studied ballet, theatre, and yoga, Gabrielle’s innate determination and lifelong study habits serve her well in her quest to conquer the piano, but coming to terms with her own limitations is the unexpected and difficult pill to swallow. Her touching musical journey, a metaphor for the lessons we all must face in life and love, is sprinkled liberally with humour for an entertaining and moving theatrical experience that every audience member will relate to through at least one aspect of their life.
“If you can look to the seeds of time and say which grains will grow and which will not … speak.”
– William Shakespeare
In an interesting twist, Christopher Moore, the student that Gabrielle once taught and directed at John Abbott College, now directs her in this production. The entire design and backstage team are also John Abbott graduates: Kevin Conforti (lighting and sound design); Kelly O’Toole (costume and set design); and Jasmine Moore as the Stage Manager.
ABOUT THE COMPANY
Persephone Productions is a not-for-profit theatre company mandated to provide exposure and challenging, interesting work for talented emerging actors and other young theatre professionals in related fields such as set design, costume design, stage management, sound, lighting and music. For more info, visit www.persephoneproductions.org.