Seams - Polly Phokeev

A memory play set in Moscow 1939, Seams follows the lives of five seamstresses and one seamster working in a theatre during the first months of the Second World War. Some of these memories belong to an older Russian woman who now lives in Canada. She wants to tell us of her happy summers, but all she can recall is how it snowed.

The fall of 1939 unfolds before us in a series of intertwining love and hate stories, as the seamstresses and seamster struggle to find their ways under the Stalinist regime, forever playing the treacherous game of suspicions and betrayal. Having watched her fill of broadcasts from Putin’s Russia, the old woman’s trepidation makes us question whether anything has changed since then.


Directed by Mikaela Davies*
Written by Polly Phokeev
Featuring: Nancy Palk*, Kimberly-Sue Murray, Jesse LaVercombe, Caitlin Robson, Elizabeth Stuart-Morris, Sochi Fried*, Ewa Wolniczek
Understudy for Ms. Palk: Alfija Gilmizjanova (on May 8th)
Mentored by Simon Bloom
Stage Manager: Steve Vargo
Design Consultant: Shannon Lea Doyle
Dramaturg: Simone Brodie
Producer: Elizabeth Stuart-Morris
Sound Designer: Nick Potter
*appears with the permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association




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