Remembering Lesley Parlane

Our sympathies go out to the friends and family of Lesley Parlane, who passed away this week of breast cancer at the tender age of 40. Lesley's solo theatre piece, Are They Thinking Of Me? was one of the six mainstage presentations at the TaDa! Performance Arts Festival this past September. A strong storyteller and an emerging playwright with a lot of talent, she told a series of vignettes from her own life of being taken from her Indigenous family in the 1980s (she was Dakota/Salteaux, a member of Standing Buffalo First Nation), and adopted into a white family living in Toronto. It could have been a tragedy, but Lesley infused her stories with hope and light and love. TaDa! is so grateful to have had the privilege of presenting her work.