He’d Be Your Mother’s Father’s Cousin- Unplugged! (HBYMFC) is coming back to Antigonish, July 17 to 22, for a five show run at St. F. X.’s Immaculata Hall.
Fresh from playing the part of God in the National Art Centre in the modern mystery play, Creation Chisholm comes back down to earth to revisit her one woman powerhouse production on home turf.
HBYMFC was originally commissioned and directed by Paula Danckaert as a CBC radio series. Chisholm was then invited by former Festival Antigonish artistic director Addy Doucette to craft HBYFMC as a one woman show for the “Late Night Series.” It was then re-commissioned by Mulgrave Road’s Emmy Alcorn for a full length, four actor touring version.
With more incarnations than the Dalai Lama, said Chisholm in a recent news release, the show travelled from Yarmouth to Gros Morne,Nfld. with a theme that resonated with audience members.
“It is a show that morphed and being in my hometown there is going to be more chatting with the audience and I am going to be doing nine little sketches going through the year of the life in this family, playing all of the characters,” Chisholm said speaking to the Casket.
She will be asking her brother and sister to help craft a “true life funny story” about her own mother and her generation. Chisholm added the theme of family is something many actors return to, accounting for a good percentage of theatrical material.
“Antigonish is a great audience generally, it’s fun, when we took it to St. Andrews it went over gangbusters there,” she added, noting her take on Gaelic is “pigeon Gaelic.”
Chisholm said being over age 50 and seeing positive changes in the town she finds “even as goofy as it is (as a show), it’s an homage and an eulogy for a generation that is passing; a tribute to my mother’s generation.