Harvest finds lighter side of grow-op aftermath

Eileen Barrett and David Mann star in Gateway Theatre’s new Studio B show Harvest.  - David Cooper photo
Eileen Barrett and David Mann star in Gateway Theatre’s new Studio B show Harvest.
— image credit: David Cooper photo

Ken Cameron’s parents moved from the farm to the city, renting the farmhouse to a “lovely couple” who used the house to grow marijuana. To Cameron the story proved fodder for a play, and Harvest was born.

“The event was both deeply disturbing and very comic for them, and they showed great perseverance in dealing with the incident,” writes the 43-year-old on his website.

Gateway Theatre’s Studio B is the latest venue to produce the Calgary-based playwright’s award-winning comedy.

Eileen Barrett and David Mann will handle the acting duties, playing the elderly couple of Charlotte and Allan and other assorted characters, while artistic director Jovanni Sy directs.

“[T]he joy of the play lies in watching the actors take on all the various roles as much as in watching the elderly couple take on drug dealers and faceless insurance companies,” noted Cameron.

In Harvest, Allan and Charlotte move to a condo in the city and put their house—where they raised their children—up for rent. But renters turn the house upside down by transforming it into a grow-op, and the extensive damage forces the couple to confront the possibility of financial ruin. The experience nonetheless allows the couple to rediscover their love for one another.

Harvest premiered in 2007 at Lunchbox Theatre in Calgary. Its Gateway run is March 7 to 16.

Tickets to the Gateway show are $30 to $38, available online at gatewaytheatre.com or at the box office at 604-270-1812. Tickets can also be found for $18 to the March 6 dress rehearsal. The March 12 show includes a pre-show chat with the director.

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