Sacha Brake, from left, Samantha Madore, and Emma Smit-Geraghty are starring in Marion Bridge, a production launching the new Decoy Theatre. Performances will be March 7 and 8, at 7:30 p.m., at the Marigold Cultural Centre. Johanna Matthews - Portraits by Johanna

TRURO – A new theatre company is launching its inaugural season with a play by a Cape Breton playwright.

Decoy Theatre will host a production of Daniel MacIvor’s ‘Marion Bridge’ next month. Truro’s Jennifer Johnson is directing the production. Performances will take place March 7-8 at the Marigold Cultural Centre in Truro.

“It made sense to have Marion Bridge as our first production,” said Samantha Madore, co-founder of Decoy Theatre. “It has become a classic Nova Scotian play and we feel the Truro audience will really connect with the characters and the story.”

Marion Bridge is the humorous and touching story of three daughters who go home to Cape Breton and must confront not only their dying mother, but also the lives they have come to lead. Each in her own way attempts to sort out the emptiness and loneliness that has come to rule her day-to-day life. The ideas of what they wanted to be and what their mother wanted them to be is all the more torturous as the daughters begin to finally understand what they are and why they are that way.

“It’s a pleasure to bring this show to the Marigold stage,” said Johnson. “I’m looking forward to sharing the exploration of sisterhood that this script has brought to life, and my cast is wonderfully talented – so the rehearsal process has been exciting. We’re having fun and I’m sure audiences will enjoy it too.”

Johnson, a drama graduate from Queen’s University, is the other co-founder of the new theatre. She has worked with students coaching voice, drama, and musical theatre. She grew up performing shows at the Cobequid Educational Centre, participated in the Truro Music Festival, and has been producing and directing shows in the Truro area for the past six years.

Marion Bridge features Sacha Brake, Madore, and Emma K. Smit as sisters Theresa, Agnes and Louise.

Tickets for the performances are $20 each and can be purchased at the Marigold Cultural Centre box office or online at Ticketpro.ca. Each performance begins at 7:30 p.m.

Decoy Theatre aims to showcase local works and talent while allowing audiences to escape into their own worlds. For more information on Decoy Theatre, email decoytheatre@gmail.com.