Wednesday, January 17, 2018

ruined | set design preview

We are so excited about the set design for RUINED! Here is a preview of the design by Carolyn Rapanos.

The backdrop for the set is a colourful design inspired by Congolese fabrics, providing an instant sense of place. The rest of the set is designed to be flexibly used for the bar and, occasionally, an outdoor space, and the floor fades into dirt and chaos of the civil war outside the walls of Mama Nadi's bar.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

ruined | meet the cast

We are truly proud to present Dark Glass Theatre's RUINED as our first show of the new year. This timely look at the lives of women in the Democratic Republic of Congo moves us deeply, and Dark Glass has assembled a brilliant ensemble to bring it to life.
Mama Nadi and her girls.
Makambe K. Simamba | Sophie
"Ruined is a skillfully crafted Pulitzer Prize winning play that illuminates the unbelievable authenticity and strength of 4 African women."
CJ Jackman Zigante | Mama Nadi
"Playing Mama Nadi I hope, gives me another way, for the women of the Congo to have their voices heard. I hope I do them proud."
Shayna Jones | Salima
"I am excited by how much it terrifies me."
Rachel Mutombo | Josephine
"I am excited to have an opportunity to embody the beautiful, poetic and empowering words of Lynn Nottage."
Our beautiful ensemble and band members.
Jacky Yenga | Emilene
Donald Sales | Commander Osembenga
Tom Pickett | Christian
"I am excited to work with so many new young people, people of color to tell the story of the strength of these women and the love of this man; Christian."
Damon Calderwood | Mr. Harari
The story is universal, even though it is set in the Congo. It has many deep truths and can be related to by many people. I find it a moving, powerful, and uplifting play. It is a story that needs to be told.
Agape Mngomezulu | Simon, Various
Michael Kiapway | Jerome Kisembe
Adrian Neblett | Fortune, Various
"I am excited to be part of telling this powerful story to our Vancouver audiences."
Mikaela Fuqua | Masima, Musical Director

Friday, January 12, 2018

ruined | about dark glass theatre

Dark Glass Theatre was created by one of our PT family artists: Angela Konrad (OUTSIDE MULLINGAR, WIT). We are so excited to have RUINED, their first professional production here in our season. Here is a little more about Dark Glass, in their own words.

Dark Glass Theatre exists to tell stories that enable us to see, face to face, people we might not otherwise meet, thereby decreasing judgement, increasing compassion, and fostering empathy.

We believe that one of the most damaging forces at work in our world is the demonizing of the “other.” Whether separated by trauma, social standing, religion, race, sexual orientation, geography, age, or gender, breaking down barriers begins with a willingness to see beyond labels like “oppressed” and “oppressor.” As we come face to face with another’s perspective, without judgement, we are empowered to act in love. And that action can change the world.

We aspire to tell stories that build bridges between groups or individuals separated by discord or trauma, and to equip individuals to explore and express their own stories of forgiveness and healing.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

jan 26-feb 10 | doubt | gallery 7 theatre

Our friends at Gallery 7 Theatre are producing one of our favourite plays - DOUBT, A PARABLE by John Patrick Shanley.

In 1964, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, is shaken to her moral core when she suspects that young Father Flynn is having an inappropriate relationship with a 12-year-old male student. A Pulitzer Prize-Winning play that was adapted in to an award-winning film featuring Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman, the play explores the delicate tension between perception and reality.

January 26 & 27, 31 – Feb 3 & Feb. 7 – 10, 2018 @ 7:30 PM
Matinees: Jan. 27, Feb. 3 & Feb. 10 @ 2:00 PM
Abbotsford Community Arts Addition, 2329 Crescent Way, Abbotsford

Tickets and Info Here.

ruined | why this matters

Years ago, critic Colin Thomas referred to Pacific Theatre as creating "theatre that matters". Well, you won't be surprised to hear that we caught onto that one pretty quick! This season we are highlighting this element in each of our plays, sharing why each play matters to us. Here is Tom Pickett, discussing RUINED.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

ruined | first read

Yesterday we began rehearsals for our first show of 2018! It was the first read of RUINED by Lynn Nottage, a guest production by Dark Glass Theatre. We are so excited to see what they do with this beautiful story. Here are some shots from the table reading.