Sky…Diamonds is an original play, written by Sedona artist Kate Hawkes. Hawkes is the Producing Artistic Director at Red Earth Theatre. The play was the winner of Theatrikos Theatre Company’s 2014 inaugural original full-length play contest. Hawkes, a theatre professional with experience in arts in healthcare, spent 2 years researching and developing the play when living in Oregon with the aid of a grant from the Oregon Health Sciences University, Layton Aging & Alzheimer’s Disease Center in 2005.
The script made its debut as a feature production, with cast, crew and full set, at Theatrikos in October 2014. It also played in Sedona in November. The production was directed by Nichole Garrison.
Sky…Diamonds explores the profound effects Alzheimer’s disease has on a family. The play begins at the end, where we meet Monique, a woman with Alzheimer’s, in the final stages of the disease. An emotional roller coaster, telling the story of 3 generations – a grandmother, her son (Tom) and his daughter (Sallie) – as they negotiate the affect of Alzheimer’s disease over a period of ten years, the play is as much about family dynamics and communication patterns as Alzheimer’s disease.
Working backwards in time from the end of her disease to her 60th birthday party, the audience comes to know the vibrant, eccentric and central character she was in all their lives. From the point of view of Monique, we learn that she went to Woodstock, is passionate on the subject of family and storytelling, and how to make a good cup of tea. Linked together with music of the 60s and 70s, these scenes of Monique’s life had audiences laughing, catching their breath and ultimately leaving the theatre inspired to connect with family by sharing our stories.