Setting up a staged reading of Passengers on Dec 14th at the Staircase Theatre – if you saw Ghost Train Riders at Hamilton Fringe Festival this summer and enjoyed it you may want to save the date as Passengers is the entire play.
Ghost Train Riders is the story of an old woman waiting to take a journey on a train. Her life, she says, is a series of goodbyes. Actress Dia Frid shines in her character work as this aged heroine who is the perfect combination of bitter and lovable. As she laments her frustrations on her favourite bench by the train platform, a boisterous teenager enters her personal space and refuses to leave. The teenager, played by Maya Huliyappa, confronts the old woman’s own lost youth with her energetic spirit. The two embark on a journey together through the old woman’s past, rediscovering the joys and pitfalls of her life. Frid and Huliyappa are a strong team together. They communicate well and share the stage beautifully. This piece was very well written and explores themes of morality, aging, family, forgiveness and ultimately- love. Especially love affected by transiency. Thoughtful but fun- Ghost Train Riders is an example of great storytelling for the stage. I’m excited to see Tony Sciara’s Passengers, his new full-length play from which Ghost Train Riders was taken.