People Like Us

November 2 - 16, 2013
Half Price Previews - Nov 2+ 5 at 8pm, Nov 3 at 2pm
From Nov 6: Tue - Fri: 8pm, Sat: 5pm & 9pm, Wed: 1pm, Sun: 2pm
PWYC matinees Wed Nov 6 & 13 at 1pm
Post-show Talkbacks Thurs Nov 7&14, 8pm plus Discussion Panel Sun Nov 10, 3:30pm

Sarah Louise Turner by Emily Cooper Photography

WORLD PREMIERE – A military policeman returns to Canada following the Gulf War a changed man. His fiercely determined wife fights to restore her husband’s health in the wake of war. Along the way she becomes an advocate for powerless veterans battling for support. As she prepares for her daughter’s wedding, she reflects on her own marriage – the powerful love that drew their family together and the war that changed their lives forever. A powerful and moving new Canadian play about love, war and searching for peace by Salt Spring Island poet and playwright Sandi Johnson.

“mesmerizing … Turner gives a vibrant performance, powerfully conveying Kate’s horror and frustration” – The Province

“People Like Us serves as a reminder that war also happens to the families of servicemen…. a lovely, generous performance” – Jo Ledingham

“It’s obvious to see that a poet wrote this. Turner’s convincing portrayal of Kate as a sensual, bright, intelligent woman makes these soulful script details all the more moving.” – Zoe Grams, vancouverscape.com

“delivered with highly believable emotion by the incredible Sarah Louise-Turner…this powerful play is a moving reminder that those involved are indeed ‘People Like Us.’” – Vancouver Vantage

“Sarah Louise Turner does a fine job” – Georgia Straight

Starring Sarah Louise Turner, Directed by Sarah Rodgers, Lighting Design by Alia Stephen, Set Design by Amanda Larder, Costumes by Alex Danard, Dramaturgy by Donna Spencer, Stage Management by Kelly Barker, Sound Design by Scott Zechner.

Meet playwright Sandi Johnson – read our blog post about her.

Panel discussion

On Nov 10 following the 2pm performance of People Like Us, we will be holding a talkback panel on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Canadian Veterans featuring Oliver Thorne from the Veterans Transition Network and playwright Sandi Johnson.

FREE event (you don’t have to attend the play to come)

Sunday November 10, 3:30pm 

Note, there are also artist talkback sessions with the performer and playwright following the performances on Thursday Nov 7&14, 8pm 

Audience reactions to the play

The response to People Like Us has been incredible so far. Here is what audience members had to say about it so far:
“an emotionally-evocative solo performance that had me in laughter and in tears.” – Louise C Mallory

“Sarah Louise Turner’s solo performance is a riveting” – @SimonJohnson7

“I saw a preview performance of this play today and it was wonderful! Sarah Louise Turner’s performance was exquisitely nuanced and she deeply embodied the chronic sorrow of family carepartners, particularly military spouses fighting against an intransigent military medical system that demands diagnosis before treatment but will not admit to the longterm effects of the chemical soup that  devastated soldiers during and after the Gulf War.  Go and see this play, then go and see your member of parliament!” – Jan Spilman