Diane Chadwick Photo                                Jennifer Kelly, who stars as Anne, and Gordon May, who stars as André, share a moment of solace during rehearsal for Schmooze Production’s upcoming presentation of The Father, which premieres in Nanaimo Friday (April 21).
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Diane Chadwick Photo Jennifer Kelly, who stars as Anne, and Gordon May, who stars as André, share a moment of solace during rehearsal for Schmooze Production’s upcoming presentation of The Father, which premieres in Nanaimo Friday (April 21).

VIDEO: The Father takes audience members into the disorientating world of dementia

Nanaimo’s Schmooze Productions present Florian Zeller’s The Father

André’s trusted watch is missing again.

But then suddenly it reappears, only to be lost quickly after. Things just don’t add up for the 80-year-old man who finds stories told by loved ones inconsistent and strangers in his home.

His memories are also disappearing. André is suffering from the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.

Actor Gordon May, who stars as André, takes audience members into the disorientating world of someone suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and the struggles they and their family face in The Father.

The Father, written by French novelist and playwright Florian Zeller, is being presented by Schmooze Productions and premieres Friday (April 21).

Director Dean Chadwick said he chose the play because his family had recently dealt with caring for a close relative suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

“When I read the script it all came flooding back about how important it is to tell these stories,” said Chadwick. “His daughter Anne is struggling to take care of him and hold down a job.”

The play is told from André’s perspective.

“We get a little bit more of an empathetic look at how they are feeling and dealing with things,” said Chadwick.

Chadwick said more people are talking about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Even during rehearsals many of the cast and crew members shared stories about how the disease had touched their lives, he said.

The Father shows April 21-22, 28-29 and May 5, 12-13 at 7:30 p.m. and April 29 at 2 p.m. at Harbour City Theatre, located at 25 Victoria Rd.

Tickets are $20 available in advance by visiting www.schmoozeproductions.com or at the door if seats are available.

Donations are being accepted at the door for the Alzheimer Society of B.C. or online when people purchase tickets.

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