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Ablaze ()

Produced by

Theatre in Her Shoes

Presented by

The SummerWorks Performance Festival

Playwright: Jayne Collins
Director: Elizabeth Helmers


Factory Studio Theatre


August 9th, 2008 – August 16th, 2008


Two concert violinists from St. John’s, Newfoundland.
One goes away. One stays home.
Two sisters. Two strangers.

After years of separation, a forced reunion threatens to destroy the language they once shared.

Sisters Anna and Ellen grew up playing violin together in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Raised on an overdose of their grandmother’s love for all things music, the girls had solid plans to make a career of performing together. All of this was shattered when Anna decided to leave to play for the prestigious Boston Symphony Orchestra, while Ellen chose to stay home to care for their grandmother, and play with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. Ablaze opens with Anna’s long awaited return as their grandmother, their only family, is now dying of cancer. Ideals clash and tensions rise as the three women attempt to salvage the bonds that once felt so sure. (Show Facebook Event)


Jayne Collins Ellen
Rosa Laborde Anna
Nicky Guadagni Nana

Creative Team

Jayne Collins Playwright
Elizabeth Helmers Director
Richard McKenna Dramaturge
Melanie McNeill Set Designer
Melanie McNeill Costume Designer
Patrick Robinson Lighting Designer
Jory Berger Sound Designer
Janet Pym Assistant Designer


Michael Galloro Stage Manager
Margaret Evans Producer
Anna Gallagher-Ross Producer
Julia Lederer Producer
Eugene Beck Graphic Designer
Evan Brockest Program Designer
Janet Pym Assistant Stage Manager
Miranda Plant Associate Producer
Walter Lai Photographer
Bill Helmers Set Construction
Chris Bullock Set Construction


Jamie Monteiro Venue Technician
John Thomson Venue Technician
Aaron Kelly Festival Lighting Designer