October 28, 2015
Behind the Curtain: Alyson Grant (Progress!)
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QDF: What is the play about? And why did you want to tell this story?
Alyson: Progress! is an absurdist comedy that moves between comedy and sadness pretty quickly. It is trying to come to terms with the changing function of the hospitals, the Royal Vic in particular in Montreal since so many of us have very powerful memories associated with the space.
Many Montrealers were born here, were sick here, were healed here or watched a loved one die here. These buildings, these walls, hold these memories, especially for those of us who have lost somebody here; we probably associate that person with this space as it functioned as a hospital. Its changing functions have jolted those memories, churned them up. That is the main impulse behind the play: to mark the change.