By: Beth Graham
With Permission from the Playwright and the Playwrights Guild of Canada

April 6-7 & 11-14


Eagle Eye Community Theatre
All Shows at 8:00 PM


Join us for Fantastic Friday on April 13 for Beer and Wine as well as a special talkback with the Cast and Directors of the play.

Iris Trimble is trying to hold it all together. She may very well fly off the face of the earth if she doesn’t hang on to the kitchen counter. At least that’s how she feels after her mother, Bernice, a lively, recently widowed fifty-nine-year-old breaks the news that she has Alzheimer’s. In an effort to cope with the stress, Iris makes her mother’s famous Everything That Is Bad For You Casserole, a childhood favourite. Her siblings, on the other hand, are on opposite sides of the spectrum: Sarah, the eldest, irately demands a second opinion, while Peter, the youngest, seems completely unfazed. As for Bernice, she’s still as vivacious as ever, always up for a good laugh, and, most of all, ready to finally put herself first.

The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble is about the tricky nature of family dynamics and the effects of mental illness seen through the eyes of a young woman who’s searching for her own feelings amidst the whirlwind emotions of her family.

“Exceptionally well written. The storytelling is intense, poignant, and exceptionally nuanced.” —Winna Tse, Charlebois Post

“Honest, revealing and darkly funny.” —BroadwayWorld



Carla Fuhre Bernice

Sara Marrocco Iris

Claire Lindsay Sarah

Todd Weitzel Peter



Janice Carroll Co-Director

Michael K. Hewitt Co-Director, Scenic, Lighting, Sound Design

Tea Stefiuk Production Stage Manager

Kathryn Daniels Producer

Janet Dundas Costume Design

Barbara Stover Properties

Christopher French Scenic Carpenter

Beth Graham is a playwright and actor. She was born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, grew up in Cochrane, Alberta and now lives in Edmonton.

Her most recent play, The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble, was shortlisted for a Governor General’s Award and received the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award. The play was written while she was a member of the Citadel Theatre Playwright’s Forum and a participant in the Banff Playwrights Colony. The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble premiered at Factory Theatre (co-produced with Obsidian Theatre) and has since been produced at Theatre Network, Persephone Theatre, Great Canadian Theatre Company and Prairie Theatre Exchange.

She is one of three co-creators of The Drowning Girls. The play premiered in 1999 at the Edmonton Fringe Festival. In 2008, Beth, Daniela Vlaskalic, and Charlie Tomlinson re-wrote the play for a premiere at Alberta Theatre Projects PlayRites Festival. The production went on to tour nationally. The Drowning Girls has received Sterling awards, Betty Mitchell awards, SATA awards, was short listed for the Carol Bolt award, received the Gwen Pharis Ringwood award, and was nominated for a Dora. The Drowning Girls has also been produced internationally in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand.

Other collaborations include: Fortune Falls (with Jonathan Christenson, Catalyst Theatre), Comrades, Mules, The Last Train (with Daniela Vlaskalic) , and Victor and Victorias Terrifying Tale of Terrible Things (with Nathan Cuckow).

Beth has been an artist-in-residence at Workshop West Playwrights Theatre and Catalyst Theatre. She has attended retreats at the Stratford Festival, the Banff Playwrights Colony and the National Theatre School.