Langley playwright returns for premiere

Trinity Western University presents a new play written by alumna M.J. Eden.

M.J. Eden will return to Langley next week for the premiere of her new play, being presented on the stage of her alma mater.

The 27-year-old playwright, now living and working in New York City, will be back to see her creation, As Little Children, debut at Trinity Western University on Jan. 27. The play, she says, explores the power of faith in the face of tragedy.

The commissioned piece tells of an “inspiring journey” of a young girl, the loss of her father, her refusal to believe he’s really gone, and her belief in miracles.

In this poignant family drama, the 12-year-old Aline sees a vision of a glowing apple tree. As the whispers of the forest propel her into a courageous quest, she encounters a force more powerful than even a child could imagine, explained Langley director Kate Muchmore.

Even though Aline’s mother can’t bring herself to believe in miracles, the little girl steps into a world aglow with innocence and hope. But is Aline’s faith strong enough to reunite her with what they have lost?

“This script explores very real and relatable family dynamics,” Muchmore explained, noting As Little Children stars Maple Ridge’s Elizabeth Drummond, Abbotsford’s Cody Friesen and Sharra Ganzeveld, and Langley’s Shelby Wyminga.

The play opens next Tuesday and runs until Jan. 31, with evening shows at 7:30 p.m., and a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday. Eden, who graduated as a theatre major in 2010, will be back for opening night and to host a question-and-answer talkback and reception with the audience at the Saturday matinee.

“I’m finding that the pain in our lives can also hold joy,” Eden said of creating this story.

“That’s one of the mysteries I explored as I wrote this play. Within each of us there is a quiet place, a place where we can meet with God and with ourselves, and there’s peace there – in the midst of any circumstance.”

For tickets and information about As Little Children, people can visit www.twu.ca/theatre, or call 604-513-2121 ext. 3872.

How to win:

Two tickets to Trinity Western University’s play As Little Children on Thursday, Jan. 29.

• Click on the live link in the story about As Little Children at www.langleyadvance.com, and tell us why you want to attend this show. You will be entered into the draw. Preference will be given to Langley residents.

Postings must be received prior to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27, and the winner will be notified by email and/or phone. No staff or family of the Langley Advance or Glacier Media are eligible. This giveaway is restricted to online participants, 19 years or older only. Must include name and phone number.

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