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Sun. July 16th, 3:00pm

Samantha Fraughton & Alix Reynolds

'The Homeric Hymn to Demeter, Kind of' play reading

In this modern retelling of the Persephone myth, Demeter adopts a disguise and seeks assistance from Larry, a rural Albertan Lawyer to find her daughter. Larry is tasked with coordinating the negotiations between Zeus, Hades, Demeter, and Persephone to arrive at a resolution to their conflict.

Playwright: Samantha Fraughton
Director: Alix Reynolds
Larry: Michael Peng
Demeter: Julie Golosky
Persephone: Kira Hickey
Hades/Zeus: Gus

Sound design: Zac Strom

Content Advisories: This reading of The Homeric Hymn to Demeter, Kind of will include strong language, drug references, and discussion of sexual abuse/assault.

Thanks to the Thousand Faces Festival for supporting this show and bringing us back to develop the script to its full length.

Samantha Fraughton is a playwright, actor, and lawyer living on Treaty 6 territory. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in drama and Juris Doctor both at the University of Alberta. Samantha was awarded the Gerald L. Gall global community services grant for her development of the play Talk Treaty To Me while in law school, and will be performing Talk Treaty To Me at the Edmonton Fringe festival this summer, following a residency at the Banff Centre. In September 2023, Samantha will be pursuing an interdisciplinary masters in law and theatre, which seeks to apply the live elements of theatre to interpreting the numbered Treaties in Canada.

Alix Reynolds holds a BA in English, with a specialization in theatre, and a minor in film studies from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Alix has also completed the Performance and Communications Media Diploma. She has worked as a designer, stage-manager, and producer, but feels most at home in the directors chair. Her work is characterized by a bold feminist stance that is unapologetic, innovative, and personal.
In 2017, Alix completed a MFA in theatre directing at the University of Victoria and relocated to Edmonton. Living in Edmonton has afforded the opportunity to participate in Fringe festival seasons and contribute toward the development of new scripts. Recent work involves exploring a world of physical comedy that embraces lighter, jovial themes, positioned in contrast to the stark reality of artistic practice in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Alix is currently pursuing certification as an intimacy director, and has been studying psychology toward integrating a therapeutic perspective within her artistic practice. Alix recognizes that opportunities for female directors are limited and acknowledges her work as an act of protest within a male dominated profession which aims to amplify female voices and create opportunities for women and gender non-conforming individuals.

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