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Mona Parsons’ war story play at Bauer Theatre tonight and tomorrow

Antigonish native Ryanne Chisholm (centre) is in the director’s chair for The Bitterest Time: The War Story of Mona Parsons, which is on stage this evening and tomorrow at the Bauer Theatre. Curtains open at 8 p.m. for both shows and for ticket information, call the theatre at 902-867-3333.
Antigonish native Ryanne Chisholm (centre) is in the director’s chair for The Bitterest Time: The War Story of Mona Parsons, which is on stage this evening and tomorrow at the Bauer Theatre. Curtains open at 8 p.m. for both shows and for ticket information, call the theatre at 902-867-3333. - Contributed

ANTIGONISH, N.S. - This evening at the Bauer Theatre sees the production of LunaSea Theatre and SarAndipity Theatre’s The Bitterest Time: The War Story of Mona Parsons.

Directed by Antigonish’s own Ryanne Chisholm, the play will also take the stage the following night (same time) at the Bauer and at the deCoste Arts Centre in Pictou the following evening (Sept. 14) at 7:30 p.m.

For tickets to the Bauer shows call 902-867-3333 and for the deCoste call 902-485-8848.

The play continues its Nova Scotia tour with shows at Neptune Theatre Sept. 15 and 16.

“Strong. Determined. Fearless. Talented. Inspiring. These are just a few of the words that aptly describe Mona Parsons, who was born in Middleton and raised in Wolfville,” a release from the theatre states.

“She was the only known female Canadian civilian imprisoned in Nazi Germany and successfully negotiated her way out of a death sentence to survive the war while giving hope to many others who suffered alongside her in prison. Yet most Nova Scotians don’t know her name, let alone her fascinating story, even though she was this year’s Nova Scotia Heritage Day honouree.”

The play was written by Sarah Blenkhorn and Andria Hill-Lehr.

“This powerful and evocative piece of theatre transports audience members back in time, with an expertly crafted narrative that introduces us to Mona’s struggles, dreams, fears and triumphs,” the release adds.

“Not afraid of the truth and power of the situations that Parsons found herself in, this brand-new play will leave you moved, intrigued and inspired to learn more and appreciate the power and perseverance of this amazing woman.

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