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Raising Roger

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This sweet, heartfelt drama explores notions of family and motherhood with gentle success. A dedicated and successful global activist, Patti (Marjorlaine Hébert) has spent most of her nine-year-old son Roger’s (Ben McIntyre-Ridd) life saving the world, but when it comes to life at home, she’s a dismal failure. Raised by his grandfather Trip (Harold Neufeld) and his mother’s best friend Rita (Karen Ridd), Roger has a good life but aches for what’s missing.

When 16-year-old street kid Screamer (Dagen Perrott) enters the fold with his smart mouth and heart of gold, the family may have found the missing piece of their complicated puzzle. Rooted in strong performances by the young leads and Ridd, Raising Roger raises thoughtful questions about familial love, satisfying the head and the heart with humour and compassion.

— Barb Stewart

 

From the Fringe program:

A new coming-of-age play by C. Jones.

Nine-year-old Roger B. Welliver IV may be precocious, but it takes an illiterate street kid to make him wise to the ways of the world.

Director: Rob Kwade

Assisted by Katherine Walker-Jones

Dramaturgy by Megan Andres

Performances by Ben McIntyre-Ridd, Karen Ridd, Marjolaine Hébert, Harold Neufeld, and Dagen Perrott

Recommended For: Mature Audience

Length: 75 mins.

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $7 for Students, Seniors, unemployed, Equity, Fringe performers

Warnings: Language

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