Empty

Written by:

Hope McIntyre

Cast Size:
18

Roles For:

  • Men: 10
  • Women: 8

Genre:

Drama

Themes:

Food
Illness
Immigration
Parenthood
Poverty
Social Services

Length:

60 min.

Year Written:

2012

Synopsis:

“From single mother to immigrant to those dealing with illness, we meet the wide range of food bank users and are introduced to the place where everybody knows their name. Empty presents a slice of life as the audience is brought into a typical day at a food bank. They meet the characters as they await the arrival of food. In order to dispel the myths and stereotypes about food bank use, they play then follows the characters out of the food bank, allowing the audience to see their home lives and the factors that have contributed to their inability to buy food for themselves and their families.” (From the CPO Website)

Characters:

Reg – male, food bank user, has been in treatment for lung cancer off an on, 40s / Elna – female, Iranian immigrant, 30s / Mary – aboriginal female, likes to play peacemaker, 50s / Sabrina – female, single mother to Lizzy (who is 11 months old), 20s / Jimmy – male, drug addict, 20 / Angela – female, food bank volunteer, middle-aged / Tom – male, food bank volunteer, middle-aged / Jennifer – female, volunteer, 30s / Tamara – female, government worker, 40s / Rhonda – female, food bank user, has MS and uses a walker, 50s / Ian – male, food bank user, former truck river, 50s / Al – male, food bank user, 30s / Erik – male, Jimmy’s drug supplier, 20s / Sergio – male, Sabrina’s superintendent, 40s / Kyle – male, Reg’s son, 6 years old / Greg – male, Jimmy’s old high school friend, 20 / Darren – male, Sabrina’s ex-boyfriend, Lizzy’s father, 20s / Carla – female, Reg’s wife, 30s

First Produced:

2012, Sarasvati Productions

Resources:

Empty is available through the CPO Website.

For more information about the playwright and her work, visit the CWPO collection.

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Notes:

Roles can be double-cast.

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