The Toronto Heliconian Club presents the inimitable “Maud of Leaskdale,” a one-woman show featuring Jennifer Carroll at the historic Heliconian Hall in the heart of Yorkville.
For one night only, at Heliconian Hall (35 Hazelton Avenue), Tuesday, February 28th, actor, Jennifer Carroll, will perform a one-woman show called “Maud of Leaskdale”.
Carroll has been channelling the author of the Canadian classic Anne of Green Gables for several summers now at the historic Leaskdale Church, as well as in P.E.I. and other select venues throughout southern Ontario.
Lucy Maud Montgomery, or “Maud” as she preferred to be called, moved to Ontario as a newlywed with her husband Rev. Ewan MacDonald in 1911. While most people associate Maud with her native Prince Edward Island, she lived in Ontario for more than 30 years. For 15 of those years she lived in Leaskdale, a hamlet northeast of Toronto. The manse she lived in is now a national historic site.
The play, originally commissioned by the Lucy Maud Montgomery Society of Ontario for the centenary of Maud’s arrival in Ontario, recounts episodes from the life of one of Canada's most treasured writers. Playwright, Conrad Boyce, has taken excerpts from Montgomery’s highly detailed journals and woven them into a seamless tapestry of captivating vignettes. The audience follows Maud through the Leaskdale years as she embraces the joys and sorrows of motherhood, the successes of authorship, and the horrors of war.
Heliconian Hall is an ideal location to remount this inimitable play because it is so similar to the original, intimate venue. A former church, Heliconian Hall is more than 135 years old and was designated a national historic site in 2008. It has been the home of the Toronto Heliconian Club, a non-profit organization devoted to women in the arts, since 1929. Lucy Maud Montgomery herself was well acquainted with the Club and was a guest of honour there at a luncheon on March 23, 1937, according to Mary Henley Rubio’s biography, Lucy Maud Montgomery: The Gift of Wings (Doubleday Canada; 2008).