Wednesday, October 31, 2012

nov 3 | wittenberg | coffee and characters

WITTENBERG opens tonight! You know what that means - it's almost time for our next Subscriber Appreciation Saturday! This one will be a doozy - called COFFEE AND CHARACTERS, you'll get a window into the three main characters in the show: Hamlet, Martin Luther, and Dr. Faustus, then get a special coffee tasting and demonstration.

Wittenberg is a dizzying and stimulating romp through history, literature, philosophy, and science. To help guide us through the history of Wittenberg, we've invited three scholars to speak on each of the main characters featured in the play, along with a JJ Bean coffee tasting.

The speakers are Shakespeare scholar Julie Sutherland, who will shed light on Hamlet's ethics and philosophy, Regent professor John Stackhouse, who will address Martin Luther, and director Stephen Drover, who will bring us more understanding on Dr. Faustus. With Ron Reed back in the facilitators seat, it's sure to be a warm and stimulating afternoon.

Wonder where the coffee comes in? Wittenberg features a particularly silly coffee joke - once you see the show all will become clear!

RSVP required for this event!

We have limited availability due to the coffee tasting, so please RSVP to Kaitlin by Wednesday, October 31st by emailing


John Stackhouse - is a leading interpreter of Christianity. He has lectured on contemporary Christianity at Edinburgh, Fudan, Harvard, Queen’s, Stanford, and Yale universities, among many others. He has given expert testimony to the Canada Revenue Agency, the British Columbia Supreme Court, and the Manitoba Human Rights Commission. And he has conducted seminars for Christian conferences, churches, and student groups from Virginia to Vancouver.

Julie Sutherland - an award-winning university lecturer and long-time theatre practitioner who is well-versed in Shakespeare and in the art of making Shakespeare comprehensible (and even enjoyable). Julie is driven by the belief that the idolatry of Shakespeare has been counterproductive. Superstardom may have helped Justin Bieber, but it seems to have made Shakespeare about as popular as a root canal. Let her help you change your view of Bill!

Stephen Drover - Stephen was trained as an actor at Memorial University’s Sir Wilfred Grenfell College where he received a BFA in Acting. For two years he was an Associate Director for Theatre Newfoundland Labrador and later taught at the Neptune Theatre School in Halifax. He attended UBC’s Theatre Program and received an MFA in Directing. Since then he regularly returns to Memorial as a visiting assistant professor/director, has assistant directed at the Stratford Festival, and conducted new play development workshops at Playwright’s Theatre Centre in Vancouver. Stephen is co-founder and Artistic Director of Pound of Flesh Theatre in Vancouver whose mandate is to produce alternative productions of classical plays. He is the recipient of the 2007 Ray Michael Award for Outstanding Body of Work by an Emerging Director.

JJ Bean - Tasting coffee goes hand-in-hand with roasting. We taste coffee to select the best ones, and to find the ideal roast profile for each kind. We also taste coffee because it's a lot of fun. Now you have an opportunity to join in on the experience! JJ Bean hosts public coffee tastings at different JJ Bean cafés every week. Come taste some of our best coffee, and learn about coffee selection, and what professional coffee cuppers look for in good coffee. All coffee lovers are welcome! Here is our current schedule. Times are approximate, and dependent on turnout.

nov 8 | react: new plays in progress | lucia frangione

She never stops writing, that Lucia. In a couple weeks, The Arts Club is doing a developmental reading of her newest script, BIG FAT MOON.

Thursday, November 8, 12 PM
BIG FAT MOON by Lucia Frangione
Upper Lobby, Granville Island Stage

nov 23 | night of creation | call for artists

A call for artists to participate in Coquitlam Alliance Church's NIGHT OF CREATION on November 23rd. Below is the invitation from Pastor Brad Strelau and a video to check out past nights.

Coquitlam Alliance will be having its 3rd Night of Creation event on the 23rd of November. NOC is open to all artists that would like to share their creations with others, for the glory of God and the edification of His people.

In the past artists have included musicians, poets, actors, photographers, videographers, painters, sculpters, sketch artists, etc. The night will include a forum of musicians sharing the story and process behind some of their music. There will also be a hands on area for people to make their own creations.

It will be a great night!

So, I am looking for artists of all types to be a part of the night, as well as informing all those who would love to come check out the event.

Here is a video with some images from one of our previous "Nights".

To enter, email Brad at

Monday, October 29, 2012

oct 31-nov 10 | wittenberg | first read

This morning we had the first read through of WITTENBERG, a mere 2.5 days before it will be open to the public!

A couple of quotes to frame the binary viewpoints of the show:

"Don't get me wrong, I love the Bible. It's a great read. It's got everything: sex, violence, red dragons with seven heads." - Faust

"Do I believe the Bible? With every fibre of my being. Do I believe the Church? 'What if it's not true?'" - Luther

WITTENBERG by David Davalos
Oct. 31-Nov. 10

Sunday, October 28, 2012

oct 29 | zoe + wyndham thiessen & steve dawson | pt


Pacific Theatre
Wyndham Thiessen Zoe Thiessen Steve Dawson
 October 29 @ 7:30
$10 at the door


Thursday, October 25, 2012

BC Drama Educators Conference | Wardrobe Tour

This past Friday Kaitlin and Andrea attended the BC Drama Educators Conference to share about the upcoming tour of THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE as well as to spread awareness about our ongoing student matinee program. If you are a teacher, or interested parent, read on to find out more about Pacific Theatre's educational opportunities.

Our signature production of the C.S. Lewis classic The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is back and, like Aslan, it’s on the move! It has proven extremely popular with students and teachers alike, and this year we're taking it on the road, sharing it with the Evergreen Cultural Centre in Coquitlam, Kay Meek in West Van and at The Presentation House on the North Shore as well as having it at home on PT's stage December 5th - 15th

Student matinees are available at all locations.To book at any of our touring locations, please contact the individual theatre’s box office. 
Pacific Theatre - Dec 5 -15, 2012
604-731-5483 |
Evergreen Cultural Centre - Dec 19-21, 2012
604-927-6555 |
Presentation House Theatre - April 21-27
2013604-990-3474 |

Kay Meek Centre April 28-May 4, 2013
604-913-3634 |
We have also prepared a comprehensive LWW Study Guide which teachers can download here.

If you are a teacher interested in bringing your students to a Pacific Theatre production, please contact our community engagement manager Kaitlin at We provide study guides for each of our productions, and can also offer backstage tours, talkbacks and workshops. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

oct 25 | spitfire grill | talkback added

We've added a talkback this Thursday, Oct. 26th! If you haven't seen SPITFIRE yet, you are running out of chances, and here's your opportunity to meet and chat with the actor/musician/producers afterwards!

Artist Talkback
Thursday, Oct. 25th following the show
For tickets visit or call 604.731.5518.

Monday, October 22, 2012

oct 24-nov 18 | she stoops to conquer | john voth

Our pal John Voth (GODSPELL, CASINO) is performing in the Stanley Theatre in SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER!

Romantic tomfoolery and mistaken identities abound in Goldsmith’s classic comedy of manners. When shy-with-the ladies Charles Marlow sets off to the country to meet his blind date, Kate Hardcastle, a practical joke convinces him that Hardcastle manor is a luxury inn. Treating one’s prospective in-laws as hired help is hardly advisable, but when it appears that Charles is quite a charmer with women of a lesser station, mayhem ensues and love blossoms.

Oct. 24-Nov 18 at The Stanley Theatre
Tickets and info here.

oct 17-nov 3 | debts | mack gordon, kaitlin williams

It's only on for a couple more weeks and it's almost sold out, but still worth mentioning!  This creepy Halloween promenade show by Mack Gordon (YOU STILL CAN'T), featuring Kaitlin Williams (DOUBT), is definitely worth checking out - provided you don't scare too easily.  Here's their trailer, put together by Peter Carlone (SIDESHOW).

Playing until Nov. 3 at 7 and 9pm
The Roedde House
Tickets and more info here.

spitfire grill | responses

In one fell swoop we opened THE SPITFIRE GRILL and our 2012-2013 season!  Here's what people are saying so far about the show.

"The energy and passion of the performers gets to the heart of what makes Vancouver’s smaller theatres special. They’re a reminder that the city is filled with extraordinary dramatic talent – consummate professionals who act, sing and dance in a dwindling number of venues not for acclaim or fortune but for love of their craft." Remy Scalza, Inside Vancouver

"There’s so much talent in this Midnight Theatre Collective production, Pacific Theatre could spontaneously combust. See Spitfire Grill before it does." | Jo Ledingham, The Vancouver Courier

"I felt like a fly on the wall of the diner, getting a front row seat on the performance of the cast's lives. Lives that you wanted to cheer on, the way you would a hockey match, as they overcame their internal obstacles to happiness. Obstacles that really many of us face in some form or other, reminding us it is important to forgive ourselves and others, to stand up for ourselves and not be afraid to tell others what we want, and to not be afraid to let those we love grow. Facing a few internal obstacles myself, as of late, these were enlightening reminders ... to try and figure mine out, even if the answer for me is simply giving myself time to process and to further strive towards balance." | Emme Rogers, Being Emme

"Featuring a dynamite cast of local talent and a well-crafted, memorable score, it is a perfect show for autumn, radiating warmth and light in defiance of days growing cool and dark." | Brian Paterson, Laura Murray PR

"I took my aunt to see the matinee (she rarely goes to the theatre) and she was amazed to see that there was a whole small town on a tiny stage, that she was so absorbed by the story she forgot about the theatre, that she FELT so much - laughing and crying, that there was so much talent in one small space." | Lorri R., audience email

"Julie McIsaac plays Percy and, not only can she really sing—who knew?—but she also plays the violin. With her patentable brand of innocence and the simplicity of her style, McIsaac finds genuine vulnerability within the script ... Caitriona Murphy brings her playful timing and enormous ability to shape a song to the role of Shelby. Barbara Pollard’s Hannah is honestly salt-of-the-earth, and Sarah May Redmond (Effy) and Steven Greenfield (Joe) both display remarkable musical chops." | Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight

"At the end of the musical, I found myself believing that redemption does happen in big and small ways for regular people who have made mistakes – big or small. As each character encounters what is truly inside, he or she has choices to make: keep going in the same direction? or allow revelation to take him or her to a new place of hope and possibility?" | Laura Colley, The MB Herald

"The passion and power is palpable. Director Kerry van der Griend has done an incredible job - the whole production looks and sounds great. His musical director Steven Greenfield affably plays the part of Sherriff Joe and when he sings “Forest For The Trees” - a desperate ode of love to Percy - it is heartbreaking. Sarah May Redmond is hilarious as the town gossip Effy Krayneck and Caitriona Murphy as Shelby Thorpe is such a pleasure to watch as she finds new hope in the presence of Percy. Damon Calderwood gives the finest performance I have ever seen from him – his singing made me catch my breath.... The Spitfire Grill contains great, great singing, superb acting and has a lot of heart." | David C. Jones, The Charlebois Post

"When lead actress Julie McIsaac takes the stage and lets out her song, the room was immediately transfixed. ... I was completely captivated from the get-go." | Alan Woo, Fun Fun Vancouver

"Perhaps every community needs a Spitfire Grill that serves up generous portions of humour, wisdom and reality." | John Jane, Review Vancouver

"What a great show!!! I was engaged the whole time and it was wonderful!!! Thank you" | Audience Response, Facebook

"Spitfire was amazing! I loved every minute of it, and would recommend it to any fan of music, theatre, and good times in general!" | Audience Response, Facebook

"This cast bursts with so much heart that it is easy to recommend you pull a stool up to the counter and enjoy what’s being served at The Spitfire Grill." | Mark Robins, GayVancouver.Net

"WOW! Just home from experiencing The Spitfire Grill @ Pacific Theatre, and SO blown away by its incredibly talented and generous cast! Bravo! By ALL means, GO and see this gorgeous production! Everyone brings their A-Game, and *that* creates a most exciting ensemble! Thank you!!" | Audience post, Facebook

From the Twitter Feed:
@jaessicalin: Enjoyed #TheSpitfireGrill at @PacificTheatre. Great voice&well directed show. A story that challenge our thoughts and make us feel alive.
@christinef6: Still humming tunes from @PacificTheatre's fantastic production of #SpitfireGrill. Don't miss @juliehijinks & @greenfieldsteve in action!
@airambc77: @PacificTheatre really enjoyed spitfire grill last night. Wonderful start to the new season!
@mrmarkrobins: I had such a rotten week but I am so thankful for the cast of @PacificTheatre's The Spitfire Grill for reminding me why I love the theatre.
@funfunvancouver: Having a blast @ opening nite of spitfire grill @PacificTheatre !

Saturday, October 20, 2012

nov 2 | songs of the cloisters | christ church cathedral

Early Music Vancouver presents presents
Songs of the Cloisters
Virtuoso Music from 17th-Century Italian Nunneries
performed by Cappella Artemisia

nov 2 | 8pm (pre-concert introduction 7:15)
christ church cathedral

An intriguing programme of recently unearthed vocal and instrumental music of the 16th and 17th century, much of it written behind convent walls where both composition and performance were officially forbidden. An early example of the women's movement, expressed through the power of music, this music also reveals these extraordinarily beautiful works, often written in secret, and in many cases now being heard for the first time since they were first created.


Monday, October 15, 2012

oct 17 | logosmysterium | twu

TWU is hosting a screening of the film LOGOSMYSTERIUM followed by a panel discussion on Oct. 19th at 7pm. And it's free!

An evening of experimental film and theological debate

TWU Faculty Development and the School of the Arts, Media and Culture (SAMC) are proud to host a screening of Logos Mysterium, an experimental and thought-provoking film conceived and produced by award-winning filmmaker Ned Vankevich.

Back by popular demand after its premiere screening last year, the film explores the meaning of the Greek word “logos.” A vast array of found footage, music, and poetic wordplay are combined to illuminate more than 60 meanings – ranging from the simple to the profound. The footage, mostly black-and-white 16mm film clips and photographs from the 1920s to 1950s, was amassed by Vankevich (a self-proclaimed “collector of extraordinary things”) over several years of research. A collage of words, evocative images ranging from water ballet to war propaganda, and varied musical styles such as 1920s folk & gospel, chanting, and a child’s music box, the film layers haunting depictions of humanity with ponderings of the divine.

“It depicts a world of the human and the divine, where ecstasy meets the everyday,” Vankevich reflects. “How does logos function, and where is God, in a world filled with the sublime and beautiful, but also the ugly and sinful?” Also a published author, Vankevich has received numerous awards for his work in film and television. He is an Associate Professor and Director of Film Studies at SAMC’s Department of Media + Communication.

Featured panelists reflecting on the film’s deeper meanings are Terry Lindvall, Ph.D., published film scholar and C.S. Lewis Endowed Chair of Communication and Christian Thought at Virginia Wesleyan College; and Iwan Russell-Jones, D.Phil., Head of Christianity and the Arts at Regent College and former BBCproducer/director.

The 45-minute film screens October 19 at 7pm in the Northwest Auditorium at Trinity Western University. Free admission. For more details about this event or about the film program at SAMC, email or visit

nov15-dec 1 | race | craig erickson

Craig Erickson will be on our stage in January for the premiere of Lucia Frangione's LEAVE OF ABSENCE. In the meantime, apparently, spending months sitting around dreaming of the upcoming production wasn't enough for him, so he'll be performing in RACE by David Mamet, produced by do-it-yourselfers Mitch and Murray Productions. Info below about the production, and their fundraiser featuring the spectacular band No Sinner, happening tonight!

Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming production of David Mamet's scorching new play RACE, a Vancouver premiere.

Tickets and info on the show are available through our website at or by phone at 1 800 838 3006.

Early bird ticket purchasers from this summer's ticket drive can book their seats by emailing us at or by phone at 604 872 0075.


Fundraiser for Mitch and Murray Productions, Rooted Theatre Productions, Dirty Manhattan Equity Co-op and The Babz Chula Society

Monday October 15th at 9pm at The Arts Club Backstage Lounge

Featuring Live Music With The Amazing Colleen Rennison and NO SINNER

Saturday, October 13, 2012

ron in the mb herald

Catch this great profile on Ron in the latest issue of The MB Herald! Pasted below, or see it in its original context here.

A new graduate from California Institute of the Arts in 1984, Ron Reed soon discovered a disconnect between his faith and his experience as an actor. He wanted to act, but not just in any show; the play mattered more than his particular role in it. Reed wanted to be part of a theatre where he “would be free to explore work having particular meaning to him as a Christian.” So, together with several like-minded actors, he gave birth to Pacific Theatre, which has grown into one of the gems of Vancouver.

“Pacific Theatre exists to serve Christ in our community by creating excellent theatre with artistic, spiritual, relational, and financial integrity,” declares its mission statement. “Serving Christ” through theatre is multifaceted, says Reed. It means creating a sense of community by giving opportunity to those who would not necessarily have it elsewhere, and helping young, aspiring actors explore their faith and craft through a year of internship. It means some plays are about Jesus, while others never mention Christ, but ask hard questions about faith, truth, and love. Serving Christ is a mandate that directs every decision at Pacific Theatre, small and large.

Pacific Theatre doesn’t shy away from portraying the gospel story directly through works such as The Cotton Patch Gospel (which culminates with the resurrection). However, Reed believes the gospel story means more in light of difficult experiences in life and the hard things of the gospel itself. “Before we can tell the happy ending of the gospel as resurrection,” Reed quotes Frederick Buechner’s book Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy and Fairy Tale, “we have to tell the tragedy of the crucifixion.” Sometimes the plays Pacific Theatre selects portray the dark side of the human condition because it causes the audience to ask questions and explore their own internal condition.

Telling stories that raise questions or cause the audience to empathize with a character they would never consciously identify with is what theatre does best, says Reed. Stories are powerful tools because they inform the way we perceive our lives and our choices about the kind of people we’ll be. Pacific Theatre is willing to dive into what it means to be human and what it means to be spiritual – no topic is “off-limits” as long as the play asks the right questions and doesn’t misrepresent how the world works.

A person doesn’t need to be a Christian to work at Pacific Theatre in any capacity from technician to actor. However, Reed always asks what draws an applicant to the company, and ensures all participants understand the theatre’s mandate. Through this open policy, some have discovered faith, some have rediscovered a dead faith, and some walk away with no interest in faith at all.

The one-man show Damien was a personal highlight, where theatre had a deep impact on Reed’s faith. He first portrayed Father Damien, a priest who ministered to lepers on the Hawaiian island Molokai, on the 100th anniversary of Father Damien’s death. The play, set on the day he died, April 15, 1889, explores the “call within the call” Damien heard when he first saw the lepers at Molokai.

As Reed portrayed Father Damien, he felt God speaking to him that the theatre was his own “call within the call.” Reed felt a sense of affirmation. He performed the play again in 1994, at a difficult time both personally and professionally. Every night, Reed says, some part of the play would speak to him and remind him of that call. Prior to portraying Damien again in 2001, Reed spent two nights in Molokai, and stood in the church Damien built. This brought a new depth to Reed’s acting experience.

The mandate to serve Christ is evident in Pacific Theatre’s line-up: plays that speak, inspire, confront, and put to question the human experience and the life of faith. This season’s plays, opening with The Spitfire Grill, Sept. 21, will touch the hearts and minds of the audience. “Second stage” shows are also well worth catching, especially Christmas Presence, which has an extended run this year.

Friday, October 12, 2012

oct 18-19 | verge conference on arts & ethics | twu

The School of Arts, Media, and Culture at TWU is hosting their 6th annual Verge Conference on Arts & Ethics. Pretty snazzy stuff, if you can make it out to Langley in the middle of the week I encourage it. Details below.

VERGE CONFERENCE 2012: Arts & Ethics
October 18-19, Trinity Western University

Are there ethical responsibilities to art?
Can the arts make communities ‘more ethical’?
How have discourses about the arts ignored issues pertaining to ethics?

Explore these and other burning questions in an inspiring environment of thoughtful discourse. Engage with topics ranging from video games to the philosophy of Schopenhauer.

Keynote Speakers

  • Prof. Terry Lindvall, Virginia Wesleyan College
  • Prof. Lambert Zuidervaart, Institute for Christian Studies and University of Toronto
  • Dr. Nanette Nielsen, The University of Nottingham
  • Dr. Marcel Cobussen, Leiden University


  • Kevin Schut | When is taking over the world not taking over the world? A consideration of video games, frames, choice, narrative and ethics
  • Terrence Lindvall | The Mocking of God…
  • Leslie O’Dell | This thing of darkness I acknowledge mine: ethical considerations when good actors play bad characters
  • Deborah K. Fung | When Art Generates Political Power…

Event Details

Verge Conference on Arts & Ethics
October 18-19, 2012 | TWU campus, Music Building
Register online at

Let’s Connect!
Email or join the conversation on twitter: #vergetwu.

oct 13 | sweet soul gospel choir | alison chisholm

Check out Operations Manager, Alison Chisholm, and the rest of the VOC Sweet Soul Gospel Choir in their Motown Concert this Saturday evening at the Michael J. Fox Theatre. A note from Alison about the concert, and the choir, below!

The Sweet Soul Gospel Choir, under the direction of Checo Tohomaso, will be stepping out in the Sunday Best to bring you some classic Motown hits. Just make sure to bring your dancing shoes, because you can be sure that by the end of the night you will be up clapping your hands and stomping your feet along with the rest of the audience!

Sweet Soul Gospel Motown III
Saturday October 13th
Michael J. Fox Theatre (7373 MacPherson Ave. Burnaby)
7:30pm (Tickets available at the door at 6:45pm)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

christmas card sneak peek

Yesterday we did our Christmas card photoshoot with Kevin Clark Studios. Here's some behind-the-scenes shots from the afternoon.

Thanks to Kevin for being such a treat to work with, as usual!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

nov 1-18 | son of a gun | nyc

I wish!...

Chris Cragin Day, who wrote the book for Son Of A Gun, is a long-time friend of Pacific Theatre. She wrote an exquisite play about Emily Dickinson which moves backward through the poet's life toward the moment she made the decision not only to be a poet, but also a decision that led to her life of increasing solitude. Chris came from New York as a playwright participant in the Rosedale on Robson Playwrights Week several years back, then helped found Firebone Theatre, whose inaugural production was the New York production of Ron Reed's Refuge Of Lies.

Chris went through the playwrights' program at the celebrated Public Theatre - you can read more about her work here, as well as viewing a video about Son Of A Gun that will make you want to make the trip to New York to take in the November run of the show at Theatre Row. The new musical has been in development for several years with indie songwriter Don Chaffer of Waterdeep, including workshops at the prestigious O'Neill National Music Theater Conference, and at Playwrights Horizons, famed for spring boarding works by playwrights including Christopher Durang, Craig Lucas, Kenneth Lonergan, Jon-Robin Baitz, A.R. Gurney, Stephen Sondheim, Wendy Wasserman, Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry, and most recently Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris (which just closed at Vancouver's Arts Club Theatre).

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

oct 23-nov 3 | go back for murder | ben buckingham, julie casselman

Our friends at TWU are opening their season Oct 23rd with a show featuring Ben Buckingham (GODSPELL) and Julie Casselman (THE GREAT DIVORCE). Looks like fun!

From the reigning queen of whodunits, Agatha Christie, comes a mod 1960s story of murder, intrigue, and romance. Trinity Western University’s School of the Arts, Media and Culture (SAMC) presents Go Back For Murder, playing October 23 – November 3…just in time for Hallowe’en.

Sixteen-years before the play begins, Caroline Crale is sent to prison for murdering her husband. But when Caroline’s daughter comes of age, she receives a secret letter that Caroline wrote before she died—assuring her daughter that she was in fact innocent. Carla enlists the help of a handsome young lawyer to delve into the past and find out what really happened. Can any of the witnesses be trusted? Who has something to hide?

Starring as the young, determined Carla (and also appearing in flashbacks as Carla’s mother) is Julie Casselman. Julie, now in her final year of SAMC’s BFA Acting program, has professional theatre credits to her name already. This summer she was the Composer and Sound Designer for Scarlet Satin Productions’ original show [un]BOX[ed] in Vancouver, and in 2011 she performed in Pacific Theatre’s The Great Divorce, directed by two-time Jessie Award winner Kyle Rideout.

“This show has everything you could want in a murder mystery,” said Casselman. “Clues and red herrings, death by poison, romance where you least expect it, and of course the gorgeous mansion with a host of quirky characters.” Among the suspects Julie’s character investigates are a femme fatale, a secretive governess, a tycoon with a vendetta, and the friendly chemist who might be up to more than science. “There’s only one murderer, but everyone has something to hide.”

Starring Benjamin Buckingham, Julie Casselman, Mark Fleming, Cody Friesen, Charissa Hurt, Jaclyn Lowdermilk, Sarah Ruth, David Shoffner, Liz Squires, and William Tippery. Directed by Lloyd Arnett with costumes by Sabrina Evertt, lighting by Alia Stephen, and set by Jay Havens. Stage managed by Andrew Gundy, Brittany Gainer, and Audrey Herold.

Playing October 23 – November 3 at 7:30pm Tues-Sat with 2:00pm Saturday matinees. Special pricing on the first Tuesday. For tickets and information, visit or email

spitfire grill | women in crime

In THE SPITFIRE GRILL, Percy has just been released from prison and is trying to start over. Here's some background information on women in the prison system in Canada.

Females account for a small proportion of all offenders – in 2005 one out of ever five persons accused by police of a crime were female.

The majority of crimes committed by women are theft, bail violations, and fraud. Most women are not repeat offenders.

The rate of “seriously violent crime” among female youth has more than doubled since 1986, from 60 per 100,000 to 132 per 100,000. This is still significantly lower than the numbers for male youth.

Women account for 6% of offenders held in provincial correctional facilities and 4% of offenders in federal custody.

Women are far less likely than men to commit murder. Women who kill are likely to have a mental, emotional, or developmental disorder.

The majority of women’s victims are spouses or children. 73% of women who kill their spouses experienced previous violence from their spouse.

Most women in custody do not have a previous history with the prison system.

Female adult offenders in custody are more likely to be younger, single, and Aboriginal than women in the general population.

33% of female offenders are deemed at risk of re-offending. Risk is determined based on behaviour and likelihood of violating probation or bail. Such offences (known as a breach of administrative justice) are increasing among women.

Source: Canadian Justice Centre Report

Friday, October 05, 2012

oct 2-7 | the euphio question

This one sounds neat - a stage adaptation of Kurt Vennegut's THE EUPHIO QUESTION. Press release below.

A young physicist discovers radio frequencies coming from empty spots in outer space, that – when amplified and rebroadcast – have a powerful effect on human beings who hear them: pure and total euphoria. Questions are raised about the commodifying of tranquility, the ethics of exploiting such an effect, and the nature and balance of human happiness.

A classic sci-fi story by one of the 20th century’s most beloved black humourists comes to life in a collaborative local stage production. Adapted for the stage from the 1951 short story included in Vonnegut’s Welcome to the Monkey House, THE EUPHIO QUESTION uses exclusive music from Vancouver psychedelic rock group SUNNY POMPEII, including both unreleased and established songs, which combine with movement choreography by Jen Cole of Vancouver’s GIVE ME BRILLIANCE. THE EUPHIO QUESTION is adapted and directed by UBC English Literature student Matt Clarke, director of recent theatre productions The Lieutenant of Inishmore at the Cultch, Playing For Advantage for the Edmonton Fringe Fest, and the music video for Said The Whale’s “Lines”.

October 2nd – October 7th, 2012 at Carousel Theatre
Tickets $15 at the door.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

spitfire grill | more photos

More photos of THE SPITFIRE GRILL, taken by Ron Reed.

Sept 21-Oct 27

oct 15-28 | initiation trilogy | electric co.

Our friends at Electric Company do great theatre. It's worth seeing. Enough said. 

Sometimes, too, there's a bit of a "Soul Food" flavour - like with ALL THE WAY HOME early this year, one of my most memorable theatre experiences ever. And we're told there's at least a soupçon of spiritual something-or-other in two of the three pieces that make up this intriguing show... 

Initiation Trilogy 
Electric Company at the Vancouver Writers Fest
oct 15-28 | tue-sat @ 7pm | plus fri-sun matinees @ 3pm

This fall Electric Company will be swinging open several doors at once on Granville Island with Initiation Trilogy, a three-part experiential and physical journey that blends the quality of a mini-festival with the sense of a private performance. The exact locations of these three short theatrical explorations are being kept secret, but audiences will begin their journey by checking in at one of Canada's newest – and tiniest – theatres, the Anderson Street Space on Granville Island.

Initiation Trilogy is inspired by three provocative poetry collections touching on themes of femininity, sexuality, and cultural identity. What it Feels Like for a Girl explores two girls’ sexual awakening through their adolescent years, and the complexities of their intimate friendship. God of Missed Connections takes a wry look at cultural identity, beauty in death, and the dance between cynicism and spiritual curiosity. Glossolalia slips inside the hearts of six forgotten women – six of Joseph Smith’s 34 wives – exposing their secret thoughts and desires.

 Kevin Kerr: “The works go beyond conventional adaptation, crafting unique and sensory interactions with the material that put you squarely at the centre of the experience. If great writing allows your mind to travel to the world of a story, here your body will too.”

Presented by Boca del Lupo

Tickets $26 with a $2 discount for Writers Fest members. Discount preview Monday, Oct. 15 for $16 in advance or pay-what-you-can at the door. Check-in at the Anderson Street Space (1405 Anderson Street, Granville Island). Very limited capacity. Avoid disappointment by booking ahead - Electric Company's last run in Vancouver sold out before the first performance. Book at, by phone at 604-629-VTIX, or in person at the Granville Island Stage box office next to the Public Market.