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Tempting Providence

By Robert Chafe - Directed by Garnet Colborne

Sponsored by Compass Minerals Canada Corp


Robert Chafe’s play celebrates the life of Myra Bennett, née Grimsley, who lived from 1890 to 1990.  Bennett was motivated by the overwhelming conviction that the purpose of life was to help others.  Her service as a nurse during World War I only strengthened that conviction and after the war she sought out a place where, she was told there was a dire need for medical help.  That place was Daniel’s Harbour, Newfoundland, above the 50th parallel on the Gulf of St. Lawrence side of the Great Northern Peninsula.  She arrived there, tempting providence, on Friday the 13th in 1921 on a two-year contract and wound up staying for the rest of her life.  So famous did she become for her heroic efforts in improving the health of people all along the 200 miles of the roadless Peninsula that she was known simply as “the Nurse”.  Later her work was rewarded with numerous awards from Newfoundland.

May 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 2022 @ 8:00 p.m.

May 8, 14 & 15 2022 @ 2:00 p.m.

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