We’ve got tickets to see the new Dan Needles’ play, Wingfield Lost and Found tonight. I enjoy Needles’ writing – I used to turn to the back page of Harrowsmith Country Life magazine as soon as we received it in the mail, just to read his article every month – unfortunately the magazine is no longer in circulation. He’s a former Bay Street executive that moved to the country to farm and writes articles and plays about his experiences.
Having grown up in a rural area, I recognize a lot of neighbours and relatives in the characters that he captures in his writing and plays.
The star of the show, Rod Beatty, plays every character and does an amazing job just by changing his posture, facial expression and voice.
In the midst of a record drought, wells on the Seventh Line are drying up. A search to locate a new well on Wingfield Farm ensues, but distractions abound: a high-tech cattle drive, a battle with yellow jackets, a feud with a red-tailed hawk, an eccentric line-up of water witches and a well-driller who is only too happy to perforate the ground at forty dollars a foot. Is it the end of farming for Walt and Maggie, or can the precious liquid be found?
More than an environmental comedy, Wingfield Lost and Found is a whimsical reminder that searching can turn up more than what is lost and teach us the value of more than what is found.
We are taking our brother-in-law, the psychologist, because the mere mention of water witching sends him into paroxysms. Should be a good time all around.
Here’s a short clip: