Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Pacific Theatre Launches its 25th Season with the Question, What Would You Do For Love?

Pacific Theatre Launches its 25th Season With the Question,
What Would You Do for Love?

Pacific Theatre launches its 25th Anniversary season with the question, what would you do for love? MOURNING DOVE by Emil Sher (Hana’s Suitcase), a challenging work inspired by the Robert Latimer story, explores the dilemma faced by a farm couple whose teenage daughter, Tina, is wracked by severe and unremitting pain. They are confronted with an indescribably difficult puzzle: will the doctors’ best efforts relieve her suffering or should the father should pursue another, final alternative?

Met with critical acclaim in Ottawa, Kitchener, and Halifax, MOURNING DOVE confounds easy sentimentality with bracing humour, even in the face of great suffering. This Vancouver production is directed by Angela Konrad (Grace) and features Kerry van der Griend (Grace), Anita Wittenberg (Agnes of God), Ron Reed (A Man for All Seasons), and Laura Van Dyke (Remnants – A Fable). This sensational cast is backed by an equally outstanding design team including Lauchlin Johnston (scenery), Matt Frankish (lighting), Naomi Sider (costumes), and Clint Lindsay (sound). Stage Management by Lois Dawson.

Pacific Theatre is pleased to be hosting special talkbacks on October 23, 30, and November 6 with Dr. Paul Chamberlain, who will facilitate an open forum for interested audience members to talk about this play in particular and the issue of mercy killing more broadly. Dr. Chamberlain has authored several books and published numerous articles in the field of ethics, physician-assisted suicide, philosophy of religion, and apologetics. He has participated widely in public debates and has made guest appearances on numerous radio and TV programs.

It will be impossible not to be moved by this complex piece, regardless of one’s view on mercy-killing. MOURNING DOVE runs at Pacific Theatre October 17-November 15, with a preview performance October 16 and actor talkback October 24. For tickets ($17-34) call 604.731.5518 or buy online at www.pacifictheatre.org, or come by the box office in person Tues.-Sat. 12-5 (non-show weeks) and 12-7 (show weeks). Group discounts available!

Details: MOURNING DOVE by Emil Sher
When: Oct. 17-Nov. 15 Wed–Sat at 8pm, Sat at 2pm (Preview Oct. 16-$11 in advance or
PWYC at door)
Where: Pacific Theatre, 1420 West 12th Ave (at Hemlock St), Vancouver, BC
Tickets: $17-34 (GST incl.) – to reserve call 604.731.5518, or buy online at pacifictheatre.org,
or at box office.

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