Jane Burpee as the Urban Nun. Hope McIntyre directed the performance as part of Sarasvati Production's Superwomen! Cabaret of Monologues in Winnipeg, March 2015. Photo by Janet Shum.
A nun recounts a weekend in the country that ends in the venial sin of Cardinal murder, and the cardinal sin of isolation. A slightly different version of this monologue also forms part of a longer play, Into. The inspiration for it came from a Julio Cortazar short story, though the inspiration for the Urban Nun was very much a local thing, and based on a real Cardinal's suppression of progressive thought and action in Canada.
Text of Urban Nun
URBAN NUN - any age.
Only slightly in the future.
The style and setting:
Should be a little magic. At the start, URBAN NUN is performing her story in a club. It's a routine and maybe a public expiation. As she gets further into the story and her anger deepens, magic elements appear - in particular sound.
The wonderful Marium Carvell was the first Urban Nun, in a Toronto Fringe production of Into, directed by Colin Taylor.
Kathy Burkman as the Urban Nun, in a Women at Play production, Columbus, Ohio.
Zabryna Guevara, star of the USA Channel's 'Burn Notice' was the Urban Nun at NYC's Red Bull Theatre, June 2012. Gaye Taylor Upchurch directed.