The Churchill Park Players theatre group is presenting a play about love, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Wrong for Each Other, a play by Canadian playwright Norm Foster, is set in a restaurant and follows the chance meeting between two people who happen to have once been lovers and are now divorced.
"It’s a play about love, and it’s a comedy. It’s crazy funny," said the play’s director and founder of Churchill Park Players, Richard Baschak.
The play features only two actors, and Baschak said rehearsals started only three months ago.
"We got serious at the end of October. They’ve taken this on – it’s more than 100 pages of text – and I love them for it," he said of local actors Judy Arnason and Bill Moore, who play the starring duo, Nora and Rudy.
Baschak, a St. Boniface resident, has directed about half a dozen plays before, and while he said it’s a crazy amount of work, it’s well worth it.
Baschak said he came across Wrong for Each Other many years ago, and always wanted to put it on. He tried to get it off the ground almost 10 years ago while living in Thompson, but failed. He decided to put it aside for a better time.
"It’s a comedy, but it’s so compelling and true. There are so many moments in the play where you are laughing, but thinking holy that’s true of me," Baschak said.
Baschak, who wrote, directed and produced Churchill Park Players’ production Kicked by a Duck last year, said he’s excited to finally see the play come to life.
"It’s kind of like my baby, and at some point you have to let it go, because it’s not actually mine, it’s alive," Baschak said.
The play opened on Feb. 2, but there are showings on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 10 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include a non-alcoholic beverage, and dessert.
All money raised goes towards Churchill Park United Church.
"It’s a way of doing something that I love and contributing to this space and this ministry," Baschak said of doing a theatre fundraiser.
"And the desserts are quite grandiose," he teased.
For more information go to churchillparkunited.ca. If you wish to purchase tickets call the church office at 204-452-8561. Baschak said some tickets will also be available at the door.