by Lorne Shirinian
The characters in Exile in the Cradle are confronted with the looming threat
of loss through death, assimilation, and acculturation. The play begins
during the early moments of the Armenian Genocide in April 1915 then moves
to the present in Toronto, where several generations of Armenians cope with
the imminent break-up of their family. Faced with the forces of
assimilation, some individuals willingly yield to claim their future, while
others out of fear cling to a past that is becoming more and more distant.
The characters choose their form of exile, either from the past or from the
future. In his ³Notes Towards an Armenian Diaspora Theatre,² Lorne Shirinian
articulates some of the fundamental ideas underlying his theatre.
Exile in the Cradle