Vigils by Noah Haidle
Body (Nathan Simpson), Soul (Christian Cook). Photo by Michael Brosilow.

By Noah Haidle
November 2014 – The Theatre School at DePaul University (Healy Theater)

It has been two years since a Widow’s husband—a fireman—died in a heroic act, but she is not ready to move on. She captures her husband’s Soul in a box, while his Body wanders around their home, replaying memories from their lives together and giving occasional hugs. When a Wooer appears on the scene, the Widow finds herself faced with the choice and consequences of letting go.

At once heartbreaking and hilarious, Vigils is a generous and bittersweet play about the absurdities of loss, change, and love.

Madline Buchel, The DePaulia (Nov 4, 2014):
“Directed by Andrew Peters, MFA Class of 2016, the play bluntly explores the cyclical nature of grief and the repetitive and jarring pattern that memories are recalled to both comedic and tragic effect.”

Audrey Gladson – Widow
Christian Cook – Soul
Nathan Simpson – Body
Frankie Stornaioulo – Wooer
Victoria Allen – Child

Production Team:
Scenic Design: Gregory Pinsoneault
Lighting Design: Toria Gibson
Costume Design: Nikki Foster
Sound Design: Spencer Batho
Technical Director: Aimee Sweet
Stage Manager: Julia Bates
Asst. Director: M.E. Barker
Dramaturgy: Johanna Orr & Jihye Kim

Photo Credits: Michael Brosilow