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Family drama darn funny for Hospice Prince Edward fundraiser

Heralded comedian and storyteller Deborah Kimmett (The Debaters, DNTO, The Second City) brings her poignant, uplifting, and hilarious one-person show ‘The Year Of The Suddenly’ to Picton’s Regent Theatre for a one-night special fundraiser for Hospice Prince Edward.

Funds raised will go to support a much needed new roof for the three-bed community residential hospice residence located on Downes Avenue in Picton.

The date of the performance is important to the Gale family, as October 19th would have been Kevin’s father, Graham Gale’s, 75th birthday. Graham passed away at Hospice in 2013 and the Gales are sponsoring this performance in his memory.

The story chronicles the aftermath of Kimmett’s life-changing ‘suddenly’ moment, when she was blindsided by her brother Kevin’s terminal cancer diagnosis. Directed by Linda Kash (who won accolades this year alongside Ewan McGregor in season three of the Emmy-winning Fargo), The Year of The Suddenly masterfully walks the tightrope between bittersweet family drama and laugh-out-loud comedy.

“This is a love story between my brother and I,” Kimmett explains. In fact, it’s fair to say these polar opposite siblings spent decades flat-out not understanding each other at all. “As it is with many families, we got stuck in our childhood roles for decades, she adds. “But when he got sick, we both let down our guard and I discovered the brother I never knew I had.”

People have expectations of how they will act when someone falls ill, and expectations of how a dying person should act. The Year Of The Suddenly turns these expectations on their head, and the end result is pretty darn eye opening. And plenty funny.

Donations to the silent auction item are welcome. Contact Judy Fraser at 613-645-4040

Tickets $30

Visit the Regent Theatre box office downtown Picton, or click here: http://www.theregenttheatre.org/event/hospice-prince-edward-presents-deborah-kimmett-in-the-year-of-the-suddenly/

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