Thursday, June 21, 2018

year-end campaign | the tally | 60.7%

This year's Year-End Campaign has officially begun! We have had a truly remarkable year where we were able to produce or present 10 shows, including 2 world premieres, and now we need to close it off with one last fundraising campaign. Please consider a donation today.


Our goal is to raise $50,000 by the end of our fiscal year on June 30th. The good news is, we already have a seed gift of $25,000! The donors would like to see that gift matched, however, and that is up to you! Please donate any amount today to help match that $25,000 gift and bring us the rest of the way home.

Here's the story so far:


SEED GIFT: $25,000

MATCHING TALLY:

40 + 40.44 + 21 + 50 + 4 + 25 + 500 + .60 + .73 + 3 + 382.74 + 480 + 50 + 50 + 30 + 100 + 150 + 50 + 100 + 200 + 100 + 100 + 25 + 500 + 1000 + 50 + 100 + 10 + 250 + 96 + 500 + 25 + 50 + 250 = $5333.51


TOTAL = $30,333.51 




Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our growth thus far.  
Please continue to help us grow! Donate today!

TO DONATE:

Go online: www.pacifictheatre.org/donate

Call: 604-731-5483
Mail/Visit: 1440 W 12th Ave, Vancouver, BC, V6H 1M8








Tuesday, June 19, 2018

apprentice project | acceleration

The next apprentice project this summer is Charissa Hurt's production of ACCELERATION by Caroline Sniatynski. Charissa is directing this brand-new play by a local playwright, and we are so excited to see it!


ACCELERATION by Caroline Sniatynski
June 27-30

It’s 2011. The world’s top physicists are searching for the Higgs boson, the famous “missing piece” in our model of the universe. Graduate student Elise, who is struggling to piece back her own world in the midst of unsolved questions, joins the search. But what we’re looking for and what we find aren’t always the same thing.

Directed by PT apprentice Charissa Hurt
Featuring Brandon Bate, Tamara Hamilton, Helen Martin, and Selene Rose

Tickets $12 available here.

Monday, June 11, 2018

tolkien | notes on roy campbell and charles williams

Key complicating factors in the friendship of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis were the influence of Charles Williams and Roy Campbell. When viewed as a love story (however platonic), Williams and Campbell clearly play the role of interlopers, and the ways that Jack and Tollers read these two men and respond to them so very differently provides some of the irony and complexity of the story as it played out historically.

My play has prompted one friend to dig in and read biographies of these four men, and of the Inklings as a group. Here are some thoughts I sent him.


You won’t find a lot on Roy Campbell’s role in the Tolkien-Lewis friendship, because his involvement with them was very brief. I included it because I think it is very telling, and I think highly significant - it’s the first evidence I’ve seen of Tolkien beginning to perceive Lewis as anti-Catholic, which by the time of Lewis’s death had become a virulent (and I think unfounded) conviction. Here’s all there is about Campbell’s interaction with the lads, from the letters of JRR. You’ll see how closely I stuck to the events of the two encounters, apart from the fact that I separated them by months instead of only a couple days (and put some of the content into an invented intervening scene).

Oct 6 1944: JRR Tolkien to Christopher
"On Tuesday [Oct 3] at noon I looked in at the Bird and B. with C. Williams. There to my surprise I found Jack and Warnie already ensconced. (For the present the beer shortage is over, and the inns are almost habitable again). The conversation was pretty lively... & I noticed a strange tall gaunt man half in khaki half in mufti with a large wide-awake hat, bright eyes and a hooked nose sitting in the corner. The others had their backs to him, but I could see in his eye that he was taking an interest in the conversation quite unlike the ordinary pained astonishment of the British (and American) public at the presence of the Lewises (and myself) in a pub. It was rather like Trotter [an early name for the character later renamed Strider] at the Prancing Pony... In a few seconds he was revealed as Roy Campbell (of Flowering Rifle and Flaming Terrapin'). Tableau! Especially as C.S.L. had not long ago violently lampooned him in the Oxford Magazine, and his press-cutters miss nothing. There is a good deal of Ulster still left in C.S.L. if hidden from himself. After that things became fast and furious and I was late for lunch. It was (perhaps) gratifying to find that this powerful poet and soldier desired in Oxford chiefly to see Lewis (and myself).
"We made an appointment for Thursday (that is last) night [Oct 5]. If I could remember all that I heard in C.S.L.'s room last night it would fill several airletters. C.S.L. had taken a fair deal of port and was a little belligerent (insisted on reading out his lampoon again while R.C. laughed at him), but we were mostly obliged to listen to the guest. A window on a wild world, yet the man is in himself gentle, modest, and compassionate. Mostly it interested me to learn that this old-looking war-scarred Trotter, limping from recent wounds, is 9 years younger than I am, and we prob. met when he was a lad, as he lived in 0[xford] at the time when we lived in Pusey Street... Here is a scion of an Ulster prot. family resident in S. Africa, most of whom fought in both wars, who became a Catholic after sheltering the Carmelite fathers in Barcelona – in vain, they were caught & butchered, and R.C. nearly lost his life. But he got the Carmelite archives from the burning library and took them through the Red country. He speaks Spanish fluently (he has been a professional bullfighter). As you know he then fought through the war on Franco's side... it is not possible to convey an impression of such a rare character, both a soldier and a poet, and a Christian convert. How unlike the Left – the 'corduroy panzers' who fled to America (Auden among them who with his friends got R.C.'s works 'banned' by the Birmingham T. Council!). I hope to see this man again next week. We did not leave Magdalen until midnight, and I walked up to Beaumont Street with him. C.S.L.'s reactions were odd. Nothing is a greater tribute to Red propaganda than the fact that he (who knows they are in all other subjects liars and traducers) believes all that is said against Franco, and nothing that is said for him. Even Churchill's open speech in Parliament left him unshaken. But hatred of our church is after all the real only final foundation of the C of E – so deep laid that it remains even when all the superstructure seems removed (C.S.L. for instance reveres the Blessed Sacrament, and admires nuns!). Yet if a Lutheran is put in jail he is up in arms; but if Catholic priests are slaughtered – he disbelieves it (and I daresay really thinks they asked for it). But R.C. shook him a bit....."


I believe the best-rounded source on Roy Campbell himself is Peter Alexander’s “Roy Campbell: A Critical Biography,” which not only makes clear Campbell’s, shall we say, lack of veracity (show in this excerpt, for example) but also does a good job celebrating his real accomplishments.

"The Campbells' most immediate need, once they had settled into their rented rooms [in Barcelona] was for money... He had written 20,000 words of his autobiography before leaving France, and now he raced to finish it, writing the last chapters stanidng up against a bureau so as not to fall asleep... He padded the book with any story he could remember, adapting the anecdotes of friends into autobiography, and giving himself a leading role. Few of his stories are imaginary; fewer still are entirely accurate. For example, his stories about boating on the lagoon in Durban, being chased by a python or being nearly drowned by the tidal bore, are true enough – but they happened to his elder brother George, not to himself. A tale about kidnapping dogs in Cannes was taken from a book of reminiscenses by JB Booth. Another yarn, of sailing a drunken doctor out to Bardsey Island in a storm, was the genuine feat of the barman in the Ship Inn in Aberdaron, the Welsh village in which the Campbells had lived immediately after their marriage. In most of these tales, Campbell figures as the sort of assured, devil-may-care man of action he would so much have liked to have been, the sort of man he felt his father and brothers would have admired. Of his poetic achievements he said virtually nothing. This became the pattern of his myth-making; he seldom boasted of things he could do."
Peter Alexander, "Roy Campbell: A Critical Biography"


As for Williams, the was no authoritative biography until Grevel Lindop’s 2015 “The Third Inkling”, which is a marvel of scholarship and readable writing - though he doesn’t actually devote a lot of pages to the Tolkien friendship. I corresponded with him prior to the release of that book, and while he confirmed my sense that perhaps Tolkien’s qualms about Williams (esp his involvement in the occult, and his relations with women) didn’t really flower until after Williams’ death, Grevel did feel it would be legitimate to incorporate them into the play, simply due to the timeline coherence required for the stage. They were real enough issues; there’s just no telling when exactly they materialized, and no point keeping them out of the story just because the actual timing was probably different. The other thing worth reading re: Williams is “Letters To Lalage,” his correspondence with a young woman during his Oxford / WW2 years, which makes it clear that Tolkien’s misgivings were actually very well founded. In earlier drafts of the play I had scenes showing the Williams-Lalage relationship, but they pulled the play off-centre and I cut them (along with many, many other scenes!).


So pleased you’re digging into the ground of these fertile fields. These are fascinating, and great, men!

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

apprentice project | tigers be still

TOLKIEN is about to close, and then we move right into our apprentices' year-end projects! First up will be Jalen Saip's production of TIGERS BE STILL.


TIGERS BE STILL by Kim Rosenstock
June 13-16 at 8pm
Tickets $15 ($10 for students)
Buy tickets HERE.

TIGERS BE STILL is a comedy that follows the misadventures of Sherry Wickman, a young woman who has recently earned her maters degree in art therapy only to find herself moving back home. Unemployed and overwhelmed, Sherry retreats to her childhood bed and remains there until an unexpected employment opportunity gives her a renewed sense of purpose and hope.

“Tigers Be Still will leave you with a tender ache for those moments when we all make decisions to move on, not necessarily to ‘happily ever after’ but to whatever comes next.” – The Boston Globe

“Piercing, ferocious and devastatingly hilarious.” - The New York Times

Directed by Jess Garden of Dark Glass Theatre.
Featuring apprentice Jalen Saip and talented local actors Keara Barnes, Keenan Marchand and Stephen Elcheshen.

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

tolkien | audience responses


"Outstanding. Riveting. A must-see."
- Tom Cooper

"Magical. It felt like I was eavesdropping on history."
- Reinier Van De Poll

"So inspiring and affirming that it brought me to tears in the first act. Then when I saw how Tolkien and Lewis's artistic and religious convictions could create such a gulf between them as friends, it confronted me in my own attitudes and brought up so many questions. Chief among them is, how important are your convictions, artistic, religious, or otherwise, that you would allow them to erode a relationship that is potentially so rich and vital?"
- Karl Petersen

Such a stunning production! It was incredible to see these literary giants – these writers who have been with me from childhood into adulthood with their profound thoughts and stories – embodied so truthfully. The writing and performances captured both their almost otherworldly brilliance and their basic human struggles in a way that made these men completely relatable. A mesmerizing night of theatre. Huge congrats to all involved!
- Julie Lynn Mortenson



"A splendid show, splendidly performed."
Diana Maureen Sandberg

"So well done, so interesting and so intelligent. I attend many theater productions each year in Vancouver and this will be my favorite for 2018 (with apologies to productions not yet seen)."
- Karin Sipko

"Stellar performance, excellent cast. Also, I learned something cool about PT tonight. They take great care to make their props all exceedingly authentic, because the space is so intimate. So, for this production, the copy of Screwtape Letters that shows up in the third act is a first edition, and Farthing inscribed it as if it were CSL inscribing to Tolkien. (I wonder if that's going to fool some antiquities dealer 50 years from now. The manuscript for Lord of the Rings isn't just a pile of blank paper with the cover page; it is an actual print-out of LOTR! And that's a LOT of words on pages. Very impressive. And the chalkboard that Tolkien writes on in the beginning of the play is full of actual Anglo-Saxon. No detail is too small!"
- Rosie Perera



Friday, June 01, 2018

tolkien | more photos

Another round of photos from TOLKIEN! These shots come from our talented apprentice, Jalen Laine.






Photos feature Ron Reed, Erla Faye Forsyth, Tim Dixon, Anthony F. Ingram, Simon Webb, and Ian Farther. Set Design by Drew Facey. Lighting Design by John Webber. Costume Design by Christopher David Gauthier.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

year-end fundraising campaign

We have had a truly remarkable year where we were able to produce or present 10 shows, including 2 world premieres, and now we need to close it off with one last fundraising campaign. Please consider a donation today.



Our goal is to raise $50,000 by the end of our fiscal year on June 30th. The good news is, we already have a seed gift of $25,000! The donors would like to see that gift matched, however, and that is up to you! Please donate any amount today to help match that $25,000 gift and bring us the rest of the way home.

Help this seed grow into something beautiful!

TO DONATE:

Go online: www.pacifictheatre.org/donate
Call: 604-731-5483
Mail/Visit: 1440 W 12th Ave, Vancouver, BC, V6H 1M8

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

tolkien | a chronology of a friendship

In his research for TOLKIEN, Ron Reed amassed a huge amount of information about J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, their friendship, and how the rest of the Inklings mix in. The result is an incredibly detailed timeline of their meetings, significant interactions, publications, and more. Below, we've got a portion of that data. Some of it you'll recognize from the play, and some elements didn't quite make the cut. Ready to dive in?


HISTORICAL CHRONOLOGY

1892, Jan 3 J.R.R. Tolkien born, Bloemfontein, South Africa
1898, Nov 29 Belfast, Ireland

1926, May 11 Tolkien meets Lewis
1929, Spring Lewis's Headington bus experience
1929, July Tolkien: "Friendship with Lewis compensates for much..."
1931, Sep 19/20 Addison's Walk conversation
1936, early Tolkien submits The Hobbit for publication
1936, Mar 11 Lewis writes Williams about Place of the Lion
1936, Mar 12 Williams writes Lewis about Allegory of Love
1936, May 18? Williams meets Lewis in Oxford?
1937, Sep 21 The Hobbit published
1937, Oct 15 Tolkien: "Nothing more to say about hobbits..."
1937, Dec 19 "I have written the first chapter of a new story about hobbits..."
1938, Sep 23 Out of the Silent Planet published
1939, May 6 Lewis riposte to "The Flowering Rifle" published

1939, Sep 3 Britain declares war on Germany
1939, Sep 4 Williams moves to Oxford
1939, Nov 9 Inklings meeting, "A roaring cataract of nonsense..."
1940, Jan 29 Williams' Chastity lecture
1940, May Warnie evacuated from Dunkirk
1940, Aug 16 Warnie returns to Oxford
1941 Witchcraft published
1941, Aug 8 Lewis's first BBC broadcast talk
1942, Feb 9 Screwtape Letters published
1942, Mar 1 Socratic Club: "Are There Any Valid Objections To Free Love?"
1943, Apr 20 Perelandra published
1943, Dec 20 That Hideous Strength completed
1944, Jan Rings untouched for months; "I do not seem to have any mental energy or invention."
1944, Apr 1 Tolkien attends Birmingham reunion
1944, Apr 19 Tolkien: "Read The Dead Marshes to Lewis and Williams. It was approved."
1944, Oct 3 Campbell joins conversation at Eagle & Child. "Rather like the Prancing Pony."
1944, Oct 5 Campbell attends Inklings. "CSL's reactions were odd."
1945, May 8 "Hostilities will end at one minute past midnight tonight."
1945, May 9 Williams becomes ill
1945, May 15 Charles Williams dies

1945, Aug 16 That Hideous Strength published
1946, Feb Doctor orders Tolkien to apply for a term's leave. He does not.
1946, Sep 3 Lewis not elected as Merton Professor of Modern Literature
1946, Nov 28 Campbell attends Inklings
1947, Apr 24 Dyson vetoes reading from Lord of the Rings
1947, Sep 8 Time Magazine cover article on Lewis
1947, Dec 4 Essays Presented to Charles Williams published
1948, Jan 25 Tolkien writes Lewis, regrets pain he has caused, recent Inklings absences not connected to the disagreement
1948, Feb 2 Socratic Club: Elizabeth Anscombe, "Miracles: A Reply to Mr. C.S. Lewis"
1949, early Lewis shares The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe with Tolkien
1949, Apr Tolkien, on Narnia: "It just won't do."
1949, Oct 27 "No one turned up after dinner" for Thursday night Inklings. Lewis writes to Tolkien with response to the completed Lord of the Rings, concluding "I miss you very much."

1950, Jan 10 Lewis receives first letter from Joy Davidman
1950, Oct 16 The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe published
1952, Sep 24 Lewis meets Joy Davidman at Eastgate dining room
1954, Jul 29 First volume of Lord of the Rings published
1956, Apr 23 Lewis marries Joy Davidman in civil ceremony
1959, Mar 21 Lewis marries Joy Davidman in private religious ceremony
1960, Jul 13 Joy Davidman dies
1963, Nov 22 C.S. Lewis dies
1963, Nov 26 C.S. Lewis funeral

1973, Sep 2 J.R.R. Tolkien dies


Monday, May 28, 2018

jessie nominations 2017-2018

We are thrilled and honoured to have received a number of Jessie nominations for the past season! Below is the list of what came in. A HUGE congratulations, not only to the artists honoured below, but to all who contributed to another outstanding season of theatre that matters at Pacific Theatre. Thank you.


OUTSIDE MULLINGAR:

Erla Faye Forsyth - Outstanding Performance by an Actress
John Emmet Tracy - Outstanding Performance by an Actor
Lauchlin Johnston - Outstanding Lighting Design
Julie Casselman - Outstanding Sound Design and Composition
Angela Konrad - Outstanding Direction
Outstanding Production


THE CHRISTIANS:

Lonnie Delisle - Outstanding Choir Direction
Itai Erdal - Outstanding Lighting Design


ALMOST, MAINE:

Peter Carlone, Kim Larson, Giovanni Mocibob, Baraka Rahmani, Jalen Saip - Outstanding Ensemble


BAR MITZVAH BOY:

Mark Leiren-Young - Outstanding Script


THE LONESOME WEST (Guest Production by Cave Canem Productions):

Kenton Klassen - Outstanding Performance by an Actor
John Voth - Outstanding Performance by and Actor
Outstanding Production


RUINED (Guest Production by Dark Glass Theatre):

Shayna Jones - Outstanding Performance by an Actress
Tom Pickett - Outstanding Performance by an Actor
Angela Konrad - Outstanding Direction

tolkien | responses


"Run, don't walk, to get tix for Tolkien at Pacific Theatre (it's selling fast). A mature play, by a mature playwright, with super acting by all concerned. Ron Reed pulls off playing Tolkien with amazing depth, which wouldn't be a surprise, except that he had to step into the role at the last minute, after writing and directing the play. This is live theatre breathing life into two men who have become flattened by their status as icons. Here they are fully human, fully flawed, and their friendship likewise. Superb end to a superb season. Bravo."
- Karen C., audience response

"This is such a wonderfully ambitious show and it was wild seeing Ron Reed stepping in as a last second subsitute for his cast's sidelined title character. I was floored that by the end of three acts I wasn't just completely engaged with the world, but the first thing I wanted to ask Ron was, 'how many scenes did you cut?'"
- Mark Leiren-Young, audience email

"I LOVE the final scene - the appropriate pang of melancholy - and the final line struck me as beautiful and intriguing. One of the best final lines to a play, ever. Also - congratulations again Ron on your tremendous accomplishment. I left the theatre saying how I enjoyed spending that time with all the characters.”
- Katharine Venour, audience email

"Entering the intimate, underground confines of Pacific Theatre for Tolkien, there is an immediate and palpable magic in the air. At centre stage, set designer Drew Facey has stamped an elegant, ornate compass rose onto rich wooden floorboards. Hanging down over the space are leafy branches, leading back to thickly root trees that seem to grow out of the wells. It is a perfect setting to explore the odd and intricate friendship of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis."
- Brian Paterson, Vancouver Presents

"Farthing’s unstintingly generous Lewis and Dixon’s droll and doughty Warnie... Presiding over the whole scene is a sculpted larch tree so handsome that the characters – poets, after all – periodically stand back and stare just to admire its beauty.”
- Lincoln Kaye, Vancouver Observer

"The script balances these themes in an impressive fashion, and all the while educating a Tolkien-novice such as myself about the rich history behind some of literature’s most significant works... Aesthetically, Tolkien is a complete triumph.”
- Sebastien Ochoa Mendoza, UBC Players Club

"As Lewis, Ian Farthing is understated and persuasively human.”
- Colin Thomas, Fresh Sheet

"Ingram is brilliant as novelist and playwright Charles Williams, the most eccentric of the group.”
- John Jane, reviewvancouver

tolkien | review video

There are two weeks left to see TOLKIEN by Ron Reed!

Friday, May 25, 2018

18-19 season | brochure

Have you seen the glorious artwork for our 2018-2019 season brochure? We are thrilled to have worked with Emily Cooper once again to create some truly unique images. You can view the entire brochure online here, or browse the season listings here.









tolkien | more photos

Another round of photos from TOLKIEN by Ron Reed! All photos by Jalen Laine Photography.






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Thursday, May 24, 2018

introducing the 2018-2019 apprentices!

We are so excited to introduce you to the apprentices for the 2018-2019 season! We will tell you a little more about them over the summer, but for now, here they are: Rick Colhoun, Kira Fondse, Linnea Perry, and Shelby Wyminga!


RICK COLHOUN

Rick has served as Music Director on shows including Christmas Presence, Hunger Games: The Musical and Holy Mo: A Christmas Show. Sound Design credits include Common Grace, It’s A Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol, A Good Way Out, and The Christians. He wishes to thank his Family at home and his Pacific Theatre Family too. He is the world's oldest apprentice.


KIRA FONDSE

Kira is a storyteller through music and theatre from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She recently completed a Bachelor degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Manitoba, and frequently performs in musicals, operas and concerts. Kira desires to bring joy to people in Canada and around the world through the sharing of stories, art and culture, and she dreams of empowering young people to do the same. Kira is seeking new ways of starting conversations, asking difficult questions, and helping to speak out for those whose voices have been silenced. She cannot wait to discover and grow as an apprentice with Pacific Theatre this year.


LINNEA PERRY

Linnea is an interdisciplinary artist whose passion for the arts began the second she was able to paint. Since then she never stop creating and has worked with several companies including Ballet BC (Program 2: 2017), TooFly Production (Robin Hood: Prince of Tease, Little Miss Glitz), PlanZ Theatre (Still the Kettle Sings) and Rice&Beans Theatre (Starstuff, Small Town Hoser Spic). Recently, Linnea completed her BFA at SFU School for the Contemporary Arts in theatre production and is so excited to being the next chapter in her artistic career.


SHELBY WYMINGA

Shelby is a graduate of TWU's School of the Arts Media and Culture with a BFA in Theatre. Some recent acting credits include the role of Gloria in Shelby's original play It's A Glorious Wonderful Life (Vancouver Fringe), Ensemble in Still the Kettle Sings (Plan Z), Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Canada), Lucy Steele in Sense and Sensibility (Metro), Feste in Twelfth Night (SAMC) and Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew (Stone's Throw). Recent design credits include The Miracle Worker (costumes, Gallery 7), Enchanted April (set, G7), and Frankenstein 1945 (costumes, Nebula). Shelby is unbelievably excited to dive into her apprenticeship at Pacific Theatre and plans to soak up every single opportunity to learn from the exceptional artists here. She is particularly drawn to Shakespeare, modern spins on classic tales, the supernatural and stories of heroic women, and she can't wait to see what new paths present themselves over the next year!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

tolkien | about lewis and tolkien | bc catholic

Christopher S. Morrissey, TWU logics and philosophy professor and Executive Advisor to the Inklings Institute of Canada, not only found time in his schedule to join us for Saturday's Theatre Club last weekend, but also to write a fascinating piece for The BC Catholic that is part-review and part-academic exploration of the collision of Tolkien and Lewis' worldviews. An excerpt is below, and you can read the entire piece here.


"The appeal of Tolkien and Lewis derives, I think, from their imaginative critique of the modern world’s domination by machine technology. In effect, the two re-humanize and re-enchant the world with their sanctifying fictions.

For Tolkien in particular, the possession of magic best symbolizes the abilities of technology in the modern age, which is intoxicated by the magic of “the machine.” Tolkien’s intricate tales capture the deep truth of our destructive fascination with this power.

But he also shows how we might overcome “the machine,” through the formation of real friendships. Think of Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee.

Lewis’ imaginative worlds may be more accessible for the very reason Tolkien criticized them: they are more didactic, as they provide vividly imaginative justifications for the truth of Christianity.

Perhaps because Lewis felt he had wasted too much of his life on atheism and materialism, he saw the need to debunk such poppycock in the most directly effective ways possible.

Lewis was a convincing apologist, but his theology is arguably best articulated in his stories, especially in his science-fiction trilogy and The Narnia Chronicles.

His strongest philosophical argument against the Age of the Machine, against which both he and Tolkien were compelled to write great literature, is found in The Abolition of Man. Still relevant today, that book is my recommended starting point for anyone seeking to understand the noble purpose animating both Lewis and Tolkien."

(Photo credit: Jalen Laine Photography.)

Thursday, May 17, 2018

suitcase stories | opening night

Today, we are wishing Happy Opening to Pacific Theatre artist and former apprentice Maki Yi as her one-woman show SUITCASE STORIES opens at the Evergreen Cultural Centre! The show found its wings in our lobby (and stage) and we are thrilled to see it fly away to the Tri-Cities.



With only her tiny suitcase in tow, Maki leaves her home in South Korea and takes off for Canada, simply because her brother had a map of Toronto. A cross-country tale of survival and self-discovery, this wonderful one-woman show is filled with all the winsome vulnerability and plucky humour of the originals.

May 17-19 at The Evergreen Cultural Centre

tolkien | theatre club

Following the Saturday matinee will be our final Theatre Club instalment for TOLKIEN! Join us for a conversation with Monika B. Hilder and Christopher S. Morrissey for a discussion of Lewis and Tolkien's work.


Christopher S. Morrissey teaches logic and philosophy at Trinity Western University and is Executive Advisor to the Inklings Institute of Canada. He studied Classics at the University of British Columbia, and at Simon Fraser University he wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on RenĂ© Girard. He is a managing editor of The American Journal of Semiotics. His books are Hesiod: Theogony / Works and Days (Talonbooks, 2012), and The Way of Logic (Nanjing Normal University Press, 2018).

Monika B. Hilder is Professor of English at Trinity Western University, where she teaches children’s and fantasy literature. She is co-founder and co-director of Inklings Institute of Canada, and the author of a three-volume study of C.S. Lewis and gender, including Surprised by the Feminine: A Rereading of C.S. Lewis and Gender.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

tolkien | photos

Some shots from TOLKIEN! All photos by Damon Calderwood, featuring Erla Faye Forsyth, Ian Farthing, and Simon Webb. Set Design by Drew Facey, Costumes by Christopher David Gauthier.