“The verse that’s been floating through my head as I write this play is from Song of Solomon: ‘Behold, the winter too shall pass away,’” says M.J. Eden (’10).
Last spring, SAMC Theatre held a playwriting competition for students and alumni in an effort to invest in past and present students and help to further their careers. The winning playwright, Theatre alumna M.J. Eden, was commissioned to write the play As Little Children.
In her play, Eden explores family dynamics, tragedy, and faith through the story of a young girl’s journey to healing after her father’s death. “Exploring and communicating my faith through characters in a play shouldn’t make me feel vulnerable, but it does,” Eden says.
This project has given Eden, who lives in New York, an opportunity to return to TWU and invest in the lives of current students. “This project is special because it’s bringing me back into an environment that’s been really wonderful for me,” she explains. “I’m so excited to see [this] group of current students engage with my work.”
The experience has been impactful for the actors as well, who don’t often get the chance to interact so closely with a playwright. “It’s very exciting to be part of a premiere,” says Sharra Granzeveld, a fifth-year BFA Acting student (playing the mother). “I love contributing to the birth of this piece; as an actor, I feel more a part of the process because I get to interact with and shape and discover the script in ways I never have before.”
As an alum, Eden is excited to have re-connected with the Trinity Western community. “I’m so grateful for TWU’s commitment developing me as an artist, even after graduation.”
To see As Little Children by M.J. Eden, running January 27- 31, visit www.twu.ca/theatre or call 604-513-2121 ext. 2872.