Love has been around since the beginning of time, but how one finds their true love is constantly evolving. The perception of love, the compatibility of a partner, and social and economic conditions are just a few influencers on love and where to find it. The Cape Breton Stage Company explores those themes this Valentine’s Day weekend with the presentation of Hearts + Minds, two plays about love in the modern age. Natasha MacLellan’s In the Valley and Scott Sharplin’s ZomRomCom will be staged February 14-16 at the Island Arts Cafe in downtown Sydney.
In The Valley is a snapshot of Theresa’s hilarious and emotional journey to find a suitable partner. At this moment, her journey has found her entering into the whimsical world of speed dating. The audience will be able to relate to one if not more of the speed daters as they talk about themselves, their ideal date, and break all the rules set out for the session by the Lady. In The Valley is directed by Ida Steeves, and stars Jenna Lahey, Gena DiFlavio, Daniel Dobson, Maura Lea Morykot, Adam Young, Matthew Boyd, and Mark Delaney.
ZomRomCom is a story about a love that can withstand anything: time, adversity, shotgun blasts to the chest, jealousy, interference, being eaten… Meet Jesse and Sam, a twenty-something couple celebrating five years of argumentative bliss. Dressed in their zombie best for a midnight screening of Dawn of the Dead, they unknowingly kickstart the zombie apocalypse. Directed by Jenn Tubrett and starring Erin and James Thompson, ZomRomCom will prove something powerful this Valentine’s Day: True love really bites.
The play runs for three consecutive nights: February 14, 15, and 16 at 7pm at the Island Arts Café, adjacent to the Cape Breton Fudge Company (15 Prince Street). Tickets are available at the door.