Castle in the Sky

Written by:

Francesca Albright, Jude Thaddeus Allen

Cast Size:
6

Roles For:

  • Men: 3
  • Women: 3

Genre:

Documentary
Drama
Verbatim/Research-Based

Themes:

Crime
Justice
Justice System
Sexual Violence
Small Town
Trauma
Youth

Length:

70 min.

Year Written:

2011

Synopsis:

Castle in the Sky revisits the 2006 story of a twelve-year old girl and her twenty-three year old boyfriend who fatally stabbed her mother, father, and eight year old brother. Gathered from over 200 hours of interviews conducted during the year following the tragedy, this documentary play works exclusively with the verbatim words of the Medicine Hat community connected to the event.” (From the CPO Website)

Characters:

DAVID FORBES, M, 50’s, Resident
NICOLE RIVA, F, late 20s, Medicine Hat News Reporter
“SKEET”, M, 30ish, Blogger
“DANGERMOUSE”, M, 30ish, Blogger
DOLLY RENARD, 42, Resident
*CARA, F, 14, JR’s Best Friend
REBECCA FURLOTTE, F, 20s, Resident
JAMES NEELEY, M, late 20s, MH News Crime Reporter
KRISTEN REBMANN, F, 18, Jeremy’s Friend
USTIN CARTER, M, 19, Jeremy and JR’s Friend
MAURICE CARTER, M, 50s, Justin Carter’s Father
NATHALIE PEPIN, F, 30s, Debra’s Friend
DARLENE GRAY, F, 40s, Mother of one of JR’s Friends
KAREN CHARLTON, F, 40s, ALP Member for Medicine Hat
COLEEN BOXELL, F, 40s, Mother
DONNA ROBINSON, F, 50s, Mother, Retired
SPENCER SCHUTTE, M, late 20s, Jeremy’s Ex-Teammate
BILL CLARY, M, 50s, Leader Town Councilman
MARY-ELLEN AMERO, 20s, Jeremy’s Friend
*PEARL, F, 15, Jeremy and JR’s Friend
JORDAN ATTFIELD, M, 18, Jeremy’s Ex-Roommate
JUDGE
CLERK
REPORTERS
KIDS
OTHERS

First Produced:

2016, Castlereigh Theatre Project at Belfry Theatre, Victoria, BC

Resources:

Castle in the Sky is available through the CPO Website.

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Notes:

Dramaturgy by Gordon Pengilly.

In 2016, CBC News covered the younger killer’s release from her ten-year sentence in an article at this link.

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Selection Notes:

A verbatim theatre piece that focuses on one of Canada's most sensational crimes. I believe that verbatim theatre is a form that does not get enough critical attention. The script stays true to the style and spirit of journalism. - Grace

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