Joan Orenstein: In the Moment
An actor lives the lives of other people. Their working life on the stage can mean adopting accents or physical habits to convince an audience they really are the character they are portraying. But real life can interfere at any moment and challenge an actor to take on a new role in their own lives.
That's what has happened to Joan Orenstein, one of the Maritimes' most acclaimed actors. At the age of 83, she is learning to live without her eyesight, blinded by two unrelated accidents.
Heidi Petracek captured her life at home with her family, her accomplishments in the theatre and her thoughts on her life these days. In addition to speaking with Joan herself, Heidi also talked with two of her daughters and her son-in-law, Hans Boggild.