Introducing: Kayla Heselwood

Today is the day! Today we open The Stonewater Rapture by Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright and we are SO excited. The production wouldn’t be possible without the lovely Kayla Heselwood, who selected the play for her final apprenticeship project at Pacific Theatre.

We asked Kayla why she chose The Stonewater Rapture for her final apprenticeship project: “The first time I read The Stonewater Rapture, I felt like someone had punched me in the stomach and ripped out my heart. I immediately read it again and experienced the same gut wrenching feeling. I chose Doug Wright’s play as my finale project because I believe this story needs to be told. I want to shed light on teenage life, and propose that whether you are raised a believer or not, no one is exempt from the realities of the evil in our world. By breathing life into this story, it gives silenced teens a voice. I believe that it is a step towards the greater good and change'”.

Come check out her hard work!

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The Stonewater Rapture Questions

Tell us about your theatre background:
Kayla was born in Winnipeg, MB. After graduating from the University of Winnipeg with a BA in English and Theatre, she moved to Vancouver to pursue acting. She is a graduate of Vancouver Film School’s full time Acting for Film and Television program. Kayla was last seen on the PT stage in Cultivation by Krista Marushy.

What do you love most about Doug Wright’s The Stonewater Rapture?
I love Wright’s use of imagery in the text. His words paint a picture of raw, human struggle and the lengths at which we will go to get what we want from others and to ultimately survive in this world. The words float off the page and the characters engage in real conversations that spark a flame in the mind, body and soul.

Do you relate to your character? If so, in what way?
Yes, I relate to Carlyle quite a bit. It’s easy to get swallowed up in the mundane, everyday ways of this world, especially in a small town. There are a lot of pressures and expectations put on young people that can be excruciatingly crippling at times. I relate to Carlyle’s struggle to keep up her appearances around school and her family. Also, the pressure to try and be perfect and to please others.

What do you hope audiences will take away from this play?
First and foremost, that God is a good God. Second, I want people to be able to openly and honestly discuss youth and the pressures they may have faced while growing up or the pressures they place on their children/teens now. Even though this play can be quite heavy at times, I want people to find love for the unloveable.

Personal Questionnaire

What is your favorite word? Whimsy

What is your least favorite word? Hate

When you’re not doing theatre, what do you spend your time on? Day dreaming outside.

What turns you on creatively, emotionally, and spiritually?
Creatively- watching Gene Kelly tap dance videos.
Emotionally- seeing an elderly couple holding hands and in love.
Spiritually- when people experience love the way God intended it to be.

What turns you off in these ways?
Creatively- entitlement
Emotionally- rude people
Spiritually- religion

What is your favourite play? Espresso by Lucia Frangione

If you could go on a road trip with anyone (dead or alive) who would you go with, and where would you go? I would travel around North America with my mom- she is probably the only person who could put up with me for that amount of time.

What sound or noise do you love? The sound of a sprinkler in the evening.

What sound or noise do you hate? Construction.

What is your favorite curse word? Shit?

If you were stranded on a desert island for 10 years, what three things would you want with you? Chocolate cake, a hammock and a good book.

Do you believe in aliens? Depends on the day. Today, yes.

What is your favourite book? To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

What is your favourite movie? Never Let Me Go by Alex Garland (screenplay)

What profession did you wish for as a child? Too many. One that I can distinctly remember is dentil hygienist. I have no idea why. I dislike the sound and smell of everything that goes on in a dental office.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? A personal motivator or encourager.

What profession would you not like to do? Coroner

What is something people may not know about you? I don’t like when people talk to me while I’m eating ice cream. I actually tune them out so I can enjoy every second.

What is one of your pet peeves? Impatient drivers

If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? Let’s celebrate!