2022 Festival
October 17–23

80: Her Image on the Mirror: A Tribute to Mavis Gallant

80: Her Image on the Mirror: A Tribute to Mavis Gallant

Update: Suzie LeBlanc is regrettably no longer able to participate in this event.

In a television interview for CBC in the mid-60s, Mavis Gallant spoke of her love for mirrors—as objects, and as symbols. She refers to them often in her 120 short stories, almost all of which were published over a fifty year span in The New Yorker. Her legacy was even the inspiration behind Wes Anderson’s female journalist in The French Dispatch. Mavis Gallant was often interviewed; sometimes, she cooperated, sometimes not. Born in Montreal in 1922, Gallant died in Paris in 2014. On the last night of the last day of the last full year of her life, alone in her apartment, age 91, she grants one last interview, this one to herself. Join us for this magnificent staging, with the distinguished collaboration of actors Nicola Cavendish and Gabrielle Rose. Curated and written by Bill Richardson.

Event Participants:

Nicola Cavendish

NICOLA CAVENDISH has been a cherished stage presence for more than 40 years—whether at the Shaw Festival or on Broadway; whether in the hit one-woman show Shirley Valentine or in her very own It’s Snowing on Salt Spring. This year, she will channel the spirit of Mavis Gallant at the Fest. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)

Bill Richardson

BILL RICHARDSON is a former radio host and winner of the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour. He has written acclaimed children's books. After Hamelin won the Silver Birch Award and The Alphabet Thief was named among New York Library's Best Books for Kids. Last Week is his latest middle-grade picture book.

Gabriella Rose

GABRIELLA ROSE is a veteran film, television, and theatre actress with 50 years experience. Most recently she has appeared in television series such as YellowJackets, Chapelwaite, and Away. She has several lifetime achievement awards: The Sam Payne, Vancouver Critics lifetime achievement, and a star in the Vancouver Walk of Fame, among others. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)