Perry Mason, a fictional criminal defence lawyer from the hey-day of 1950s film noir murder mysteries, will be given new life with Power Production’s Perry Mason: A Case for Mason at LSPU Hall in St. John’s, sponsored by MacGillivray Injury Law.
For MacGillivray Injury Law, sponsoring the legal thriller was a natural fit, not only because of the content of the production. Power Production is also an accessibility-oriented theatre company that works with actors and theatre professionals who identify as having a disability through their productions and workshops. MacGillivray Injury Law recognizes how quickly an accident can permanently change a person’s accessibility needs and wants to work with people.
The show boasts nine exciting characters, and Paul Power, founder of Power Productions, hopes that the murder mystery keeps theatregoers guessing until the very end.
“I chose this more pop culture show because I wanted to demonstrate that you can have diversity on stage without it being a show about disability,” said Power.
The other reason Power chose Perry Mason was because of the show’s exciting plot and name recognition. “I wanted to pick a show that was easily recognizable and fun. I have learned now that there is sort of a generational gap of who knows Perry Mason, but it is a really fun show.”
Power saw an opportunity to build an accessibility-oriented production company while appreciating the value of community at national conferences with other artists who identify as living with a disability.
“It was really cool sitting in a room with 13 people and being able to discuss theatre, as well as things like repairing your crutches,” said Power. “It was really cool. I’d never had that before in my life.”
Power said that through this experience, he learned that a lot of people didn’t feel comfortable going out for auditions or getting involved in theatre. Part of Power Productions’ work is to include artists who identify as people with disability by creating an environment of encouragement, support, and feelings of belonging.
“The biggest thing that I’ve found is that a lot of companies are focussing on accessibility and inclusion for the audience, but when it comes to artists and actors and anyone in theatre, it is being done less,” said Power
The show runs at the LSPU Hall from February 16 to February to 18 February, 8 PM, with a matinee show on the 18th and live audio description for the show on February 17. There will also be a live stream of the show on Saturday, February 17th.
Please contact the box office at the LSPU Hall to reserve your tickets at 709-753-4531.
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