Send the Brides to Ottawa

Years ago local playwright Celia McBride waited tables in Edmonton. The Chinese restaurant she worked at was brand new and still finding its feet,…

Years ago local playwright Celia McBride waited tables in Edmonton.

The Chinese restaurant she worked at was brand new and still finding its feet, so it didn’t see much business.

“I’d go a whole shift and have no customers, or one customer,” said McBride.

The long lonely hours on the job got her thinking about the relationship a waitress could have with a customer — especially if there’s only one.

Years later those thoughts grew into a one-act play, Her Only Customer, which was produced in Montreal in 2001, and recently staged in New York City.

On Thursday the script will come to Whitehorse. McBride and Moira Sauer, her partner in Sour Brides Theatre Company, will read the play at Well Read Books on Fourth Avenue.

Admission is by donation and the proceeds will go toward sending the pair to Ottawa for a CAPACOA conference where they’ll present McBride’s recent play So Many Doors.

“We’re hoping the show gets picked up by national and international presenters,” said McBride.

The ‘Brides’ need $20,000 to pay for the trip.

“Obviously, we’re not looking to raise all that money on Thursday,” said McBride with a laugh.

“But we are looking for support wherever we can find it.”

The reading begins at 7 p.m. (LC)