An old Russian woman’s confrontations with her youth as a seamstress in Soviet Moscow weave through the lives of costume-makers working in a theatre during the fall of 1939. A series of love and hate stories emerge from the dust as we witness the unfolding pieces of a past she has struggled to forget.
Seams is a play for anyone with ancestors, for a country born of immigrants, and for a community made of quilted-together culture. (From the CPO Website)
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“Playwright Polly Phokeev understands the truth in the saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. An image in her family album inspired the thousands of words that make up Seams, a memory play about 1939 Moscow.
Its characters are six women and one man who work in the costume department of a Soviet theatre. The period was one of increasing fear, isolation and wintry cold, when no one knew who might be spying on them and making reports to the authorities.
“As a student in Djanet Sears’s writing class at the U of T, I was asked to write a scene for a group of characters,” recalls Phokeev. “I’d been home to visit my Russian parents and saw a photo of my grandmother sitting on a bench, laughing with co-workers. The image grew into Seams, made up of tales my grandmother told and others suggested to me by the album’s pictures.” (From NowToronto Interview with the Playwright, by Jon Kaplan)