Latest STC production tackles dark side of social media
All local, #TheWaterTower written and directed by, and starring SudburiansThe Sudbury Theatre Centre’s Young Company premieres an original
production April 1 collectively written by Sudbury playwrights Lara
Bradley, Rick Duthie, Cora Eckert, and Caitlin Heppner, as
"#TheWaterTower" takes to the stage.
Exploring one of the most
pressing issues facing teenagers today, cyberbullying, "#TheWaterTower"
chronicles the experience of four teenagers who must navigate dangerous
digital waters as they learn how to stand up for themselves and one
When a provocative image of a teen girl is posted on an
online social network called the WaterTower, the fabric of an entire
community unravels, and the lives of these four are thrown into turmoil.
Jayden (Dante Mullin Santone), 15-year-old Ariel (Katie Wise),
16-year-old Mackenzie (Alex Goudreau), and 17-year-old Hailey (Kassandra
Bazinet), must confront both themselves and a malicious and faceless
online presence that haunts them all.
The play is a vivid
reminder of the complex lives of teens, increasingly lived online, where
the judgment of one second’s ill-advised choice can never be eradicated
from the online archive.
Directed by Matthew Heiti, the play was
commissioned by STC to present a honest and authentic view inside a
generation that is increasingly growing up online.
Of the four playwrights, Bradley, Eckert, and Heppner are alumni of STC’s Playwrights’ Junction, also led by Heiti. The
production makes creative use of lighting, sound, video, and
projections to draw the audience into both the real and the online
"#The WaterTower" is on stage at the Sudbury Theatre
Centre for a limited engagement of four public performances: April 1 at 7
p.m., April 2 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and April 3 at 2 p.m. Student
matinee bookings are also available daily through April 8.
for the public performances are $18 for adults and seniors and $10 for
students. Book tickets through the STC Box Office in person at 170
Shaughnessy St. in downtown Sudbury, by calling 705 674 8381, or online