I had a dream the other night that I went to see a play that I had seen in my events on Facebook. During the play the actors came into the audience like a haunted house show and it was entertainingly scary. That next morning I got a notification that, that same event was that night. The dream came flooding back to me and I clicked the link to buy the ticket.
‘Shadow Woman’ was being shown at the Cultural Bathhouse at White Rock. I’ve actually
gone to a party there once. It was one of those secret parties where the location is revealed just an hour before the party. That was three years ago now. Since they have redone the nonexistent floors in the basement. We were amongst the first to arrive and lathered ourselves in OFF! spray them had a seat on the front row.
The general storyline is that it’s about a girl named Arrah who’s mother has passed away recently and her and her father moved to a new house in the suburbs to try and rebuild their lives. With the help of her friend, Rachel, they uncover the lives of the past owners and unravel the mystery of their relationship.
It was opening night and the play seemed to start off a little rocky with props not working but after a while the characters really drew me in with their emotion. If you see this play for one reason only ... it’s the music. It’s like they knew my ultimate Fall time jamz from 2005. From Dead Mans Bones to Nick Cave and a super bad ass Ramones cover. Super creepy vibes all around.
The acting was great as well. It really pulled some emotion from me. Especially from Arrah. When she was talking about what it feels like to lose her mother. I can’t even imagine that kind of pain but I felt it sitting in there. And when she explained how she felt stronger after everything...at the end of the show... I can’t understand that too.
Shadow Woman’s story told through a diary found by Arrah also was super relatable to me having gone through an abusive controlling relationship. Seeing two different people in your husband that shapeshifts in front of others. I’ve thought those thoughts.
Go see Shadow Woman at the Bathhouse Cultural Center this month while you have the chance! Do something out of character. Experience someone else’s truth.