Friday, February 26, 2010

Mar 5-20 | Diary of Anne Frank | Gallery 7

Truly a soul food show - indeed, a great partner to REFUGE OF LIES, come to think of it. And look who's playing Otto Frank - our very own Glen Pinchin! Who played two generations of Kirbys in our last two spring shows, YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU and YOU STILL CAN'T. And another PT regular - in the audience, if not onstage - is John Dawson, playing Mr. Van Daan. (Terrific poster, eh?)


Gallery 7 presents...
THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK
March 5 & 6, 11 - 13, 18 - 20, 2010
Discount Matinees: March 6 & 13 @ 2:00 PM

The Netherlands. World War II. An Annex. This is the tragic and compelling story of a young Anne Frank and her family's attempt to flee Nazi tyranny by hiding in the confines of a secret annex above a factory. A story of courage, love and human resiliency emerges as Anne ruminates about their experience. Despite the atrocities of the war torn-chaos just beyond the walls of their hide-out, a young woman discovers hope, joy and a truth about life that more than often escapes our modern understanding.

MEI Theatre
4081 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford

Tickets - House of James
2743 Emerson Street or call 604-852-3701

"A lovely tender drama....Strange how the shining spirit of a young girl now dead can filter down through the years and inspire a group of theatrical professionals in a foreign land." - NEW YORK TIMES

"There is so much beauty, warm humor, gentle pity...in THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK that it is difficult to imagine how this play could be contained in one set on one stage...this is a fine drama." - NEW YORK NEWS


By the way, auditions for G7's next production, CHICKENS by Lucia Frangione, are set for March 25, 2010 at 6:30 PM in the MEI Theatre. This quirky Canadian musical runs June 4 - 19, 2010 with rehearsals starting in early April. To register for the auditions, please phone 604-504-5940 or click here. Auditions are open to all male and female performers ages 16 & up.

Mar 11 - Apr 11: PT Takes Over The Arts Club! PARADISE GARDEN

Morris Ertman's in town to direct. Which wouldn't be all that unusual, except he's not in town to direct at Pacific Theatre. Lucia Frangione's new play PARADISE GARDEN opens in a couple weeks, and look who's sharing the Stanley stage wih Cia...


Arts Club Theatre Company presents...

PARADISE GARDEN
Written by Lucia Frangione
Starring Gina Chiarelli (Agnes of God, The Fever), Lucia Frangione (Espresso, Cariboo Magi, Holy Mo, The Foreigner...), Michael Kopsa (Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Hospitality Suite, Shadowlands, The Woodsman...), Meghan Gardiner, Kevin MacDonald, Richard Newman, Marie Stillin
Director Morris Ertman

A modern romance against all odds

PREMIERE

Local boy Day, a free spirit, lives next door to worldly Layla, a career-driven intellectual. The two have nothing in common. Or do they? Over time these divergent souls come to understand each other in a way neither thought possible. A contemporary tale of romance and cultural divides so engaging it will change the way you see the girl (or boy) next door!

Mar 2-13: Kat Gauthier in MATT AND BEN

Remember Sky from YOU STILL CAN'T? Had the big crush on Dave? Well, that lovely performance was by Kat Gauthier, who'll be playing Ben Affleck (!) in a show that opens a week from now. Not the first time she's played a guy: Kat played several characters in our gender-blind production of REMNANTS a few years back. I'm not going to miss it. Are you kidding? A movie nut like me, miss the "origin story" of Good Will Hunting?


Hello Friends,

Just a reminder that Fighting Chance Productions' Matt and Ben opens NEXT WEEK: March 4th and runs Tuesday-Saturday until the 13th. I would be overjoyed to see you all there and share in this hilarious story of the unlikely friendship between Matt Damon and Ben Affleck before they were house-hold names. Plus, when else can you see my strut my stuff at Ben Affleck?

More information at Fighting Chance Productions (including an interview with me about all sorts of things).

For those of you who lack funds (as I know a lot of us do... There are two previews March 2-3 which are $12). The show is at the Havana Theatre and you can get tickets through Tickets Tonight. If you come, make sure to stick around after so I can say HELLO! Or maybe even get a wee treat at the Havana.

Thanks a bunch guys,

Kat

Mar 19: Viper Central with Kathleen Nisbet IN QUESTION

VIPER FANS: Just so you know, there was a date mix-up, and the Music At Pacific concert scheduled in our brochure and website as March 19 somehow mistakenly got into people's datebooks - and then onto this blog - as March 5. Apologies! No concert March 4. Watch this space to find out what will be happening March 19.


Hey Ron!

Happy New Year! Hope you had a great holiday! I really enjoyed playing Christmas Presence with everyone. What a great show!

I wanted to let you know about a couple of Viper Central shows coming up.

Feb 4 - The Viper Central Quartet (Mark Vaughan, Tim Tweedale, Kathleen Nisbet and Steve Charles) plays at The Main (Main St. @ 26th). 9:30pm. This will be a kick off four our California Tour Feb 15-27. We will be playing at the San Francisco Bluegrass and Oldtime Festival www.sfbluegrass.org)

March 19 - Viper Central Live Gospel Album Release at Pacific Theatre! We will be playing as part of the Music series at PT.

Kathleen

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Mar 3: Boschman on keys, Bradley/McGillivray Blues Band

Hello music fan friends,

Just letting you know of a special gig I'm playing next week with the Bradley/McGillivray Band. Details...

BRADLEY/McGILLIVRAY BLUES BAND
with special guest Nelson Boschman (piano)
Wednesday March 3
The Cellar Jazz Cafe
3611 W. Broadway at Alma

$10 cover. $15 min food/beverage charge.
Reservations recommended (604-738-1959).
The Cellar will be open from 7-12 with music sets at 8:30 and 10:15pm.

http://www.bradmcg.com/
http://www.cellarjazz.com/

If you've never been to The Cellar before, this would be a great opportunity. If you have been there before, you'll know that besides being Vancouver's best jazz venue where the music is always great, their menu and wine list are phenomenal. Take that special someone on the Valentine's date that you meant to do last month but didn't because of the Olympics :), and /or grab a few friends to come hear an energetic blend of blues, jazz, Motown and gospel.

Hope to see you there!

Nelson

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Join the PT Family - Become an Apprentice

It's that time of year again! As most of you know, every season PT brings on 3-4 apprentices who go on to learn the ins and outs of running a theatre company, from box office and front-of-house to stage building and production management to administration and publicity to... well, everything. On top of it all they get the chance to get involved in PT mainstage shows and create their own projects!
Former apprentices have a few things to say about the program themselves:

"After graduating from University of Ottawa, most people thought I should have stayed in the town which I studied in to capitalize on the relationships that I had built over there. But PT held out a different opportunity for me to explore and step out in faith into a location that I didn't know, but into a passion that I loved: Directing. Very few other places allowed me an opportunity to be an apprentice to professional directors where I could interact with them on a more personal level. My favorite experiences were participating in developmental script readings, learning to get over my fear of heights and to be a part of so many delightful plays during the season (2007-2008). Some of the opportunities that came out of the apprenticeship because of the amazing relationships that were built here were: sequential yearly directing contracts with Gallery 7 and a costume designing contract with Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre and many more to come." - Joyce Chung

"The PT apprenticeship was a whirlwind of learning, experiencing, accomplishing, meeting, loving, succeding and failing. I learned so much in those months that will stay with me forever. Once you are in the PT family you are in for good. It took the skills I had learned in school and increased them, honed them and challanged them. I grew in my confidence as well as my practical experience. I would recommend it for anyone who is passionate about theatre and willing to give it everything they have." - Linsy Rotar

The official writeup on the program and application info is available here.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Feb. 24-27: BEYOND THE CHARIOTS

One benefit of the Olympic fever that's hit Vancouver? No one will ask any questions if you take an afternoon off of work! The latest addition to More Than Gold's rental of PT's stage is BEYOND THE CHARIOTS, Rich Swingle's play about Eric Liddel's post-Olympic adventures. Check out on of the 2:30pm performances this week.


The four time Academy Award winning film Chariots Of Fire tells how Eric Liddell refused to run the 100 meters in the 1924 Paris Olympics because a qualifying heat was held on a Sunday. Instead he ran the 400, a race in which he wasn't expected to place. He finished it five meters ahead of the favorite, winning the gold and breaking the world record. Rich Swingle's new one-man play, Beyond the Chariots, picks up where the film left off, showing Eric in his greatest race, as a missionary to war-torn China.

We all need a reminder of what God can do through a devoted soul, and there is no better way to draw close to that than by watching Rich Swingle perform this miraculous one-man show. It's not just the layers Rich brings out of the characters, not just his command as an actor playing multiple roles, it isn't just the fine writing -- it's that God's spirit is present from beginning to end as Rich draws us into Eric Liddell's heart. I marvel at the depth of this performance and the power in this play. As a former runner, I loved how the intensity of running was captured on a small stage. Beyond the Chariots will take you through joy, pain, and redemption with laughs along the way. What it will not do is leave you untouched.
--Joan Bauer, novelist
Author of Hope Was Here, Stand Tall, and Rules of the Road
Awards include: Newbery Honor Medal, the LA Times Book Prize, the Christopher Award

Friday, February 19, 2010

Feb 17-27: HOCKEY DAD | presented by More Than Gold

PT pal Steve Waldschmidt updates us on HOCKEY DAD, playing at Pacific Theatre this week and next. Special update: TWO-FOR-ONE TICKETS Friday Feb 19 and Saturday Feb 20!!!:

Hello my Lower Mainland friends,

I wanted to remind you about this little hockey show I co-wrote and directed, it's playing at PT during the Olympics. I hope you get a chance to see it, I think it's good for the soul.

Here's a couple press clippings from today:
"Smart play draws father and son together" (The Province)
"What the Puck?" (The Westender)

Hope you're well,
Steve


Daily drills on the backyard rink, bobskates before he could walk—Todd Williams has hockey in his blood. But he craves a transfusion.

“Born the moment of Paul Henderson’s goal—I was doomed...” The painfully funny story of one man’s turbulent return to the game his father loved.

Created by James Popoff & Stephen Waldschmidt

A comedy for all ages (7+) exploring the potent bond between dads and kids, in the rockin’ context of Canada’s favourite sport.

HOCKEY DAD
February 17 - 27 @ 7:30pm
at Pacific Theatre
1440 W 12th Ave

Tickets $15
Order online or by email: mtgcapa@gmail.com

Ticket price includes music performance before the one-act play by various artists, including Jacob Moon, Greg Sczebel and Anna Vandas.

Presented by More Than Gold CaPa and burnt thicket theatre

Video trailer

Feb 19-24: Graham Ord at Railway Club, etc.


From a Soul Foodie...
Just chatting with Graham Ord on FB - the wonders of technology. He mentioned that he's going to be performing at the railway club during the Olympics. He didn't note the date but I checked his web site and it looks like his upcoming Vancouver tour is under the More Than Gold banner - I thought it might be worth a Soul Food mention.

Live Music with Hockey Dad Feb. 17-20 & 23-27

Every night before More Than Gold's presentation of HOCKEY DAD: A PLAY IN 3 PERIODS on the PT stage there will be a live musical performance including some wonderful acts you won't want to miss. The shows start at 7:30pm every night. Here's the schedule:

Feb. 17: Jacob Moon


Feb. 18: Anna Vandas (remember her from PRESENCE and CHRISTMAS PRESENCE?)
Feb. 19 & 20: Jacob Moon


Feb. 23: Greg Sczebel
Feb. 24: Andrew Smith and Norm Strauss
Feb. 25-27: Greg Sczebel

Other More Than Gold events being held at PT include THIS WAY DANCE PRODUCTION (tonight!) and RICH SWINGLE: BEYOND THE CHARIOTS Feb. 24-27 at 2:30pm.

Oh, maybe not the Greg guy. Looks like he flew the coop. I went to HOCKEY DAD last night, and heard Nelson Boschman in his place: a fine last-minute substitution, I must say, played hard, scored two short-handed goals. But if you want to hear Greg Sczebel, I think you need to fly to Toronto...

TWU Seeks Production Manager / TD

PRODUCTION MANAGER/TECHNICAL DIRECTOR POSITION

DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE TRINITY WESTERN UNIVERSITY


Responsible for the management of all production-related activity and the oversight of all technical aspects of each production. Supervises all technical personnel, including student workers and contract designers. Information about the Department is available at www.twu.ca/theatre.

The position’s areas of responsibility include:

Managing production budget Scheduling production calendar and spaces Finding and managing designers Supervising student workers Overseeing set build, props, lighting, sound, and scene shop


The successful candidate must have proven capacities to manage production budgets, lead production staff, and oversee theatrical productions. An understanding of set construction and/or the operation of a scene shop and/or the technical elements of lighting and sound is required. Experience or interest in working with students is essential. A related university degree is desirable, but equivalencies in educational and professional theatre production may substitute for this qualification. Candidates must be committed Christians able to sign TWU’s Statement of Faith and Community Covenant, accessible at: www.twu.ca/divisions/hr/join .


For further information: Angela Konrad 604-513-2121 x.3576

OR

angelak@twu.ca

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Aug 1-8: Glen Workshop | Creativity From The Margins

IMAGE Journal is the best - you oughta subscribe - and I hear their annual summer Glen Workshops are equally best. Here's the bumf, from their IMAGE Update email - to which you also ought subscribe!

Register Now for the 2010 Glen Workshop
Creativity from the Margins: Art as Witness, August 1-8, 2010

The Glen WorkshopThe Glen Workshop is an illuminating conference on the arts and religion, where participants practice and strengthen their craft and vision in community. This weeklong event, hosted at St. John s College Santa Fe, combines the best elements of a workshop, an arts festival, and a symposium. Morning workshops are small, so faculty can provide ample attention to beginners as well as those advanced in their craft. This year s theme is Creativity from the Margins: Art as Witness, which focuses on the challenges for artists of faith participating from a minority s perspective in a world often unconcerned with engaging religious issues. This year s celebrated faculty includes poets Marilyn Nelson and B.H Fairchild, fiction writer Melissa Pritchard, screenwriter Bradford Winters, painterJoel Sheesley, illustrator Barry Moser, musicians Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist of Over the Rhine, and spiritual writer Lauren Winner. Editor and author Rodney Clapp will lead a seminar exploring the week s theme in greater depth through discussion and in-class creativity, and film critic Jeffrey Overstreet will lead a film seminar (new this year!) exploring contemplative cinema. In the afternoon, lectures, readings, and presentations enrich the Glen experience, as do the nightly ecumenical worship services incorporating the arts. Free time provides recreational and artistic opportunities within the rich culture and traditions of Santa Fe, including writing, conversation, hiking and exploring the glorious Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northern New Mexico. Please note that class sizes are limited, and several are already full: don't wait too long to register!

To register for the Glen Workshop, or to find out more information, click here. Brochures are available in PDF format here. If you're not on our subscriber list and you'd like to have a brochure mailed to you, send us an e-mail by clicking here.

Jun 28 - Jul 30: Arts at Regent Summer School


Amazing arts line-up at Regent this year! Wow...

Regent 's summer programs combine study with a holiday in beautiful Vancouver. Connect with others who are hungry for God, who want solid scholarship and thoughtful answers. Learn in courses like: Maxine Hancock, Jesus in Literature; Alan Jacobs, Potter and Friends: Christianity and Contemporary Fantasy; Jeanne Murray Walker, Writing to Revive Broken Truth; Jeremy Begbie, Theology Transposed: Re-Discovering the Gospel through the Arts; Bruce Kuhn, Truth Telling by Story; Marilyn McEntyre, Poetry and Prose of Earthkeeping; James K.A. Smith, Christian Theology and Fin de si├Ęcle Literature; Mako Fujimura, The Art of Nihonga: Basic Technique and Theological Implications...and many more! Visit www.summer.regent-college.edu for more information.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

New Lenten Discipline: Blogs?


Just got word from Nelson Boschman that Artisan, his new Yaletown church, is doing a collective project in the 40(ish) days leading up to Easter.
"The Lent Project is a creative, collaborative participation in the Lent season by the Artisan Vancouver community. On each of the forty days of Lent, we will post something that is intended to help us remember and prepare for the story of Christ's passion and resurrection. Comments for further reflection are most welcome."
Check it out here. Lots of PT folk involved at Artisan. Nelson is a jazz pianist who anchors the band for CHRISTMAS PRESENCE and the like, who'll be creating the sound score for REFUGE OF LIES. Lance Odegard is a singer/songwriter you also tend to see at those gigs, and I think he does music at Artisan? If I'm right, Rebecca and Mike deBoer, and Frank and Karina Nickel. Weekly gatherings start March 7.


And it happens that I started doing the same sort of thing a week or so ago. I wanted to dig back into scripture, I wanted to start actor prep for GODSPELL, and then it dawned on me that Lent must soon be kicking in.
"May 3, rehearsals will begin for Godspell, which opens May 28. February 17 is Ash Wednesday, when rehearsals begin for Easter, opening April 4. So it seems meet, right and salutary that we should prepare the way of the Lord. This being (ostensibly) "A Musical Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew," that's where I'll begin...."
Just me meandering my way through Matthew's gospel, and wherever else the script of GODSPELL decides to take me. Should end around the time GODSPELL starts up. You'll find it here.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Sam Shepard, Church Drama Veteran

"I just dropped out of nowhere,” Sam Shepard said of his arrival in New York, at nineteen, in the fall of 1963. “It was absolute luck that I happened to be there when the whole Off-Off Broadway movement was starting.” Shepard, a refugee from his father’s farm in California, had spent eight months as an actor travelling the country by bus with a Christian theatre troupe, the Bishop’s Company Repertory Players. Acting had been his ticket to ride; he’d been so scared at his Bishop’s Company audition that he’d recited the stage directions. “I think they hired everybody,” he said. . . .

from "The Pathfinder" by John Lahr. New Yorker, February 8, 2010

Monday, February 15, 2010

Jul 15-18: Richard Osler poetry workshop

Upcoming Poetry Writing Retreat
Honeymoon Bay Lodge and Retreat Centre
near Cowichan Lake, Vancouver Island

with
Richard Osler

Jul 15 - 18 (Thu - Sun)

All-in cost:
Double Occupancy $360
Single Occupancy $510

Richard Osler | osler@shaw.ca | 604 836-7875


“Poems are not . . . simply emotions . . . they are experiences. For the sake of a single poem, you must see many cities, many people and things . . . and know the gestures which small flowers make when they open in the morning. You must be able to think back to streets in unknown neighborhoods, to unexpected encounters, and to partings you have long seen coming; to days of childhood whose mystery is still unexplained . . .; to childhood illnesses . . . to mornings by the sea, to the sea itself, to seas, to nights of travel . . . and it is still not enough.”
The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge
in Freedman’s 1996 biography of Rainer Maria Rilke

For the sake of poetry we are asked to go beyond ourselves, beyond what we know and often, beyond how we see the world. At its best poetry changes us - both when we read it and when we write it. Come and experience this first hand with Richard Osler in the spectacular setting of the Honeymoon Bay Lodge and Retreat Centre on Vancouver Island.

Experience your own surprising words as they appear through "poetic experiements" as the poet Jane Hirschfield calls them. During the retreat there will be five writing sessions. In these sessions you will be encouraged to relax into the sounds and musical language of noted contemporary poets. Then, through carefully chosen "experiments" (assignments) that use powerful examples chosen from poets writing at the top of their craft, you will be invited, and guided, to write your own poems in response. Between sessions there will be ample time for quiet and reflection. Retreatants will be offered also the chance to experience the transforming power of a guided walk through the lodge's labyrinth.

A non-refundable deposit of $100.00 is required to secure a place. WIth the deposit should be a post-dated cheque dated May 31st, 2010 for the balance owing. The amount of the post dated cheque will be refundable if the cancelled space is filled by another retreatant. Cheques should be made payable to Richard Osler and sent to1046 Queens Ave., Victoria, B.C. V8T 1M8. (Soon! We have ten rooms available which means a minimum of about 10 to 12 retreatants.)

"Most people…think that writing means writing down ideas, insights, visions. They feel that they must first have something to say before they can put it on paper. For them writing is little more than recording a pre-existent thought. But with this approach true writing is impossible. Writing is a process in which we discover what lives in us. The writing itself reveals what is alive…The deepest satisfaction of writing is precisely that it opens up new spaces within us of which we were not aware before we started to write. To write is to embark on a journey whose final destination we do not know. Thus, writing requires a real act of trust. We have to say to ourselves, ‘I do not yet know what I carry in my heart, but I trust that it will emerge as I write.’ Writing is like giving away the few loaves and fishes one has, trusting that they will multiply in the giving. Once we dare “to give” away on paper the few thoughts that come to us, we start discovering how much is hidden underneath…and gradually come in touch with our own riches.”
Henri Noewen

Monday, February 08, 2010

Feb 7-20: Timothy Clayton art show | The Havana

This invitation from PT actress Gina Chiarelli, about her husband's new art show at the Havana. (By the way, Gina's in PARADISE GARDEN which runs at The Stanley in a month and a half or so - script by Lucia Frangione, who's also in the cast, as well as Michael Kopsa and others, directed by Morris Ertman. More details later...)

Please join us for Timothy Clayton's 2010 Art Show, "Vancouver Welcomes The World," running at the Havana Gallery February 7th - 20th. Artist in attendance Saturday Feb. 13th, 4 - 8pm.
The show is a special tribute to the Olympics and features a combination of Vancouver Landscapes and Winter Sports themes that tribute the Olympic Games (great collectables and keepsakes).
Please note the Artist will be in attendance during the second week, on Saturday Feb.13th from 4 - 8pm.
Please be sure to join us at that time.

Hope to see you there.

Havana Art Gallery
1212 Commercial Drive
604-253-9119
www.havanarestaurant.ca

Thursday, February 04, 2010

And the silver medal goes to...

Pacific Theatre! A rep from The Westender came by today to give us our official award - we won the Silver in The 13th Annual WE Best of the City Reader's Choice Awards. Thanks to everyone who voted for us!

Luci Shaw | Harvesting Fog


Soul Foodie Luci Shaw has a new poetry collection that's just come out, called "Harvesting Fog":
"In arid coastal areas of South America, locals hang rags outside until they're saturated with fog. They wring out this water, all year long, as a means of survival. They call it 'harvesting fog.' And that is a lot like writing poems."
Hope it's got the one about the village in France with all the stone, and martyrs' blood. And the one about the couple and death. . .

And until you get yourself a copy, you can bide your time with these pieces of Luci's from the Oblations blog; Walls, On Retreat, December, Madonna and Child with Saints, Act Now To Avoid Prize Entry Forfeiture, and a new one, No, I'm Not Hildegarde. Oh, and this - Garrison Keillor reading one of Luci's funnest poems aloud: Pink

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

PASSION PROJECT | Audience / Critic Response


Closes Saturday Feb 6

"Pacific Theatre has never looked so cool. . . . There was a sense – for me at least – that this was a thought-through environment. Nothing felt haphazard, from the way a small hook hung off the structure, to the way the frames were lined up on the floor. . . . Farrington has given time to this work and the sense of living with this project is self-evident as soon as you walk onto the floor. . . . There is a final, and perhaps unintended, layer at work with this presentation. Although I’m not sure how interested Farrington is in the original story of Joan of Arc and the relationship between her passion and that of Christ’s, the work was brought to Vancouver by Ron Reed of Pacific Theatre...(which) frequently programs work that explores issues of spirituality and belief. Just as I think this is a work that will speak to an audience versed in the visual arts; I also think it is a work that will resonate with those immersed in Christianity and its imagery. Easily the most striking moment of the evening (and the most theatrical) is when Nicoll gathers all the screens together into a column, securing them with ropes. It echoes Joan’s experience of being prepared for the fire that will consume her body (and by using the frames further echoes the experience that Dreyer had with the prints of his original film going up in flames). It is hard to escape this resonance of a martyr’s death in a Christian theatre that is itself in the basement of a church: a church which, no doubt, contains images of Christ’s own passion." Andrew Templeton, Plank

"Passionate About The Passion Project
"I’m not sure what happened. . . . I was interested, then intrigued, then involved, then absorbed. At some point, my eyes filled with tears. When it was over, I didn’t want to move. Or talk. . . . The show is called The Passion Project and it is a marvel of interdisciplinary genius. . . ."
Angela Konrad, Irresistable Theatre

"Thank you so much for bringing that show to Vancouver. It was exhilarating and inspirational. . . . It defied description because it is so many things. A rare gem." Stefan Wrenshall, filmmaker

"Astonishing and powerful . . . an emotional experience to rival the film It is dark and tragic but also ecstatic, something like martyrdom I suppose. . . . If you’re interested in performance, film history or anything that pushes boundaries, then see this show." Geist Magazine

"I imagine every person who goes to see this performance installation will have a different interpretation. That is the beauty of art." - Sabrina Evertt, An Unidentified Production

"It's beauty is unmistakable." - Gayvancouver.net

Musician Call! I WAS MEANT FOR THE STAGE

Ron and the apprentices are hard at work prepping our upcoming second stage production I WAS MEANT FOR THE STAGE, and among the preparations is a call for musicians! Below is Joel's plea for a drummer, horn player, and bassist. Know anyone?
Hey all,

My next involvement at Pacific Theatre has me wondering if you have the names of any drummers for us. Well actually, we could benefit from the following:
-drums (small and simple. a hand drum for one piece would be niece too)
-a horn player... of some variety...
-bass (elec or stand-up)

I'm planning to post this at a music school or two, but if you have ideas, do tell.
Thanks and regards,

Joel
joel@pacifictheatre.org

The Glen Online - IMAGE Journal writing classes


The writer should never be afraid of staring. There is nothing that does not require his attention.
— Flannery O’Connor

Dear Friends:

I'm really excited to announce IMAGE's newest program -- The Glen Online.

One of Image’s central missions is to emphasize the importance of craft, both as an end in itself and as a spiritual discipline—concerns that lie at the heart of our Glen Workshop program in Santa Fe. Every year nearly 200 people gather at the Glen to work with some of the world’s finest writers and artists to hone both craft and vision.

Whether you can attend the Glen Workshop or not, you can now benefit from the tradition of great teaching at the Glen by pursuing excellence in your craft through the Glen Online. You’ll work under the guidance of the outstanding writers featured in the pages of Image and at the Glen.

The classes offered through the Glen Online are one-on-one encounters that can be completed at your own pace.

Our outstanding Glen Online faculty includes Paula Huston, Gina Ochsner, Sara Zarr, Dan Bellm, Daniel Taylor, Nick Samaras, and Lindsey Crittenden.

If you have a longer manuscript in the works we also offer a tutorial that enables you to tackle a bigger project.

If you can't swing an MFA program but really want to kick-start your writing, sign up for a class through the Glen Online today.

Yours,

Greg Wolfe

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Feb 2-6: New Generations | TWU Theatre




New Generations is a new tradition for Theatre at TWU:
A festival of new works and presentations by the next
generation of theatre makers. This student created, generated and liberated evening of theatre runs for one week only,
Feb 2 - 6. Every performance of New Generations features all projects, and total time for entire production is estimated 2.5 hours.
Box office info here

Monday, February 01, 2010

Feb 5: The Sermon On The Mount - Live! | Craig Erickson

Craig Erickson (second from left) in Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (Blackbird Theatre)

Craig Erickson & The Sermon On The Mount
Integration Forum, Trinity Western University, Freedom Hall
Friday February 5, noon to 1pm

Professional actor and TWU alumnus and faculty member, Craig Erickson, will share with us his performance of "The Sermon On The Mount," and reflect on his experience of presenting this "simple but powerful" piece in various contexts: its strange evolution, and the effect its "strong counter-cultural ideas" have had on him as an artist and a Christian.

Craig and TWU Theatre have been friends for a long time. He was in many productions while an English major here, including playing Thomas More in A Man For All Seasons. After completing an MFA at Southern Methodist University, he worked in New York, Stratford and the Shaw Festival before moving back home to Vancouver. Three times nominated for the Jessie Richardson award, his work here has included The Furniture of Heaven, God's Man In Texas and Grace at Pacific Theatre, Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolfe and Peer Gynt at Blackbird Theatre, Julius Caesar (Mad Duck Equity Co-op), and numerous roles at Bard On The Beach. Craig is an adjunct faculty member in the Theatre Department.

Admission is free and all are welcome. Especially our beloved FPSPA (SAMC!!) colleagues.