by Estelle Rosen
Kristen Holfeuer is the founder of Kamikaze Archive Theatre which creates and produces inventive, movement-based, performative theatre. She is an original member of SKIT SKIT: live and filmed sketch comedy ensemble and a graduate of the One Yellow Rabbit Summer Intensive, Globe Theatre Conservatory Actor Training Program, and the University of Saskatchewan’s Bachelor of Fine Arts acting program.
Matchstick is the nickname given to our hero at an early age. As our story begins we meet a fiery young woman dreaming of a better life when she encounters a charming foreigner, gets married, and emigrates to 'the land of opportunity and freedom'. This is where the not-very-fairytale comes into play. The traditional ending for Matchstick would be a life of unparalleled bliss and prosperity but instead she faces challenges many immigrants encounter: isolation caused by the inability to speak the native language, separation from her own cultural community, not to mention poverty, regret, and even fear.
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