Twilight Auction

A Moment From Yesterday

February 26, 2020 | Opinion | Volume 24 Issue 5
Laureen Harder-Gissing | Conrad Grebel University College
Photo: David L. Hunsberger/ Mennonite Archives of Ontario

In this scene from Twilight Auction by John L. Ruth, young Harvard-educated Sam confronts his traditional Mennonite family’s willingness to sell treasured family heirlooms. Doug Millar, left, is the father, and Dale Shantz, holding the vase, plays Sam in this 1969 Conrad Grebel College production. The play explores themes of family and spiritual estrangement, and the tensions between traditional and modern ways of life. How might such themes resonate if the play was performed today?

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Photo: David L. Hunsberger/ Mennonite Archives of Ontario

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