Friday, March 30, 2018

bar mitzvah boy | production photos

Here are some photos from BAR MITZVAH BOY, all photos taken by Damon Calderwood, featuring Richard Newman and Gina Chiarelli. Set Design by Carolyn Rapanos. Lighting Design by Jillian White. Costume Design by Kaitlin Williams.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

season apprenticeship | application deadline

Tomorrow is the deadline to apply for our 2018-2019 season apprenticeship!

For more information about the program and how to apply, visit our website.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

announcing the 2018-2019 season!

It's finally time! We are ready to announce our 2018-2019 season! It's a pretty swell line up of theatre that matters, featuring some spectacular artists. We can't wait to see you there!

KIM'S CONVENIENCE by Ins Choi • Sept 7-Oct 6

Mr. Kim is proud of his store, Kim’s Convenience, the product of all his work since immigrating from Korea. But as gentrification threatens the future of the store and his children rebel, he must decide what kind of legacy he wants to leave his family. The hysterically funny, moving play that inspired the hit TV show. Advisory: Strong language.

“What is my story? What is story of Mr. Kim? My whole life I doing store.”

THE WOLVES by Sarah DeLappe • Oct 19-Nov 10
a guest production by With a Spoon Theatre in association with Rumble Theatre

A pack of adolescent girls prepares for battle on the soccer field. As they grapple with everything from pop culture to politics, the girls establish their identities as individuals and as a team. Who will come out on top? Advisory: Strong language and adult themes.

“Now let’s push ourselves today, push further than you think you can and keep on pushing.”

THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE adapted from the novel by C.S. Lewis by Ron Reed • Nov 30-Dec 29

Peter and Lucy Pevensie may have grown up, but adult life in London can never compare to their adventures in Narnia. When they return to the wardrobe where their story began, they get caught up in reminiscence and relive their journey through a magical land.

“A dream so beautiful, you remember it your entire life, always wishing you could get inside that dream again.”

CHRISTMAS PRESENCE • Dec 9-10, 16-18 (Valley: Dec 22)

Pacific Theatre’s favourite Christmas tradition. With poems and prose that range from the heartfelt to the hilarious mixed in with songs both old and new, Christmas Presence is an intimate and warm way to usher in the holiday spirit.

The un-slickest Christmas show in town!

A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY adapted from the novel by John Irving by Simon Bent • Jan 18-Feb 9
a guest production by Ensemble Theatre Company

Owen Meany believes he is an instrument of God. As he and his best friend John navigate the turbulent America of the 1960’s, Owen pulls the strings of a plan invisible to everyone but him and – perhaps – God. An epic tale of faith, absurdity and the power of a single voice. Advisory: Strong language.

“I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice.”

JESUS FREAK by Peter Boychuk • Mar 1-23

The Campbell family prides themselves on their West Coast open-mindedness – from political resistance to pot, nothing is off the table. But when their daughter Clara comes home and announces she’s become a Christian, their tolerance is put to the test. Advisory: Strong language.

“I realized that if I was wrong about that, maybe I was wrong about a lot of things.”

CHERRY DOCS by David Gow • Apr 5-20
a guest production by Cave Canem Productions

Danny is an ambitious Jewish defense lawyer who believes in the common good. When he is assigned the case of a young neo-Nazi accused of murder, Danny finds himself defending the life of a man who wishes him dead. Advisory: Strong language, racial slurs.

“In an ideal world I’d see you eliminated. In this world I need you more than anyone.”

THE CAKE by Bekah Brunstetter • May 17-June 8

Della believes that the secret to a good cake and a good life is simple: just follow the rules. When her best friend’s daughter Jen asks her to make her wedding cake, she is overjoyed… until she learns that there will be not one bride, but two. Suddenly, Della is working without a recipe as her beliefs and emotions come into sharp conflict. Advisory: Strong language, nudity.

“I’m not talking about all them. I am talking about one person, who I love, who I know.”

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

world theatre day | flash sale

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Monday, March 26, 2018

bar mitzvah boy | opening night photos

We had a fantastic opening weekend for BAR MITZVAH BOY! Thank you to everyone who joined us, and to the cast and crew for their incredible work. Here are some shots from the opening night reception.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

bar mitzvah boy | meet the cast

BAR MITZVAH BOY is a two-hander with a lot of comedy and a lot of heart, and Gina Chiarelli and Richard Newman are the perfect actors to bring it to life.

Gina Chiarelli is a long-time member of the Pacific Theatre family, having performed in THE FEVER, AGNES OF GOD, and THE BUSY WORLD IS HUSHED. It is so wonderful to have Gina back with us after several years of absence.

Richard Newman makes his Pacific Theatre debut in this role! The warmth, charm, and humour he brings to BAR MITZVAH BOY speaks volumes, and we are so happy to welcome him to the PT family.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

bar mitzvah boy | advance photos

Thank you to Emily Cooper for taking these fantastic advance photos for BAR MITZVAH BOY, featuring Richard Newman and Gina Chiarelli, on the in-progress set design by Carolyn Rapaons..

Monday, March 12, 2018

bar mitzvah boy | theatre that matters

Director Ian Farthing shares his perspective on how BAR MITZVAH BOY fits into our focus on creating theatre that matters.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

bar mitzvah boy | from the playwright

When BAR MITZVAH BOY won the Jewish Playwriting Prize, playwright Mark Leiren-Young made a video about his inspiration for the story, coming from two wildly different places.

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

bar mitzvah boy | first read

Yesterday was the first read of BAR MITZVAH BOY, a brand-new script by Mark Leiren-Young about a successful Jewish lawyer who suddenly decides that he needs to have a bar mitzvah. We had such a good time hearing this script for the first time, and we can't wait to share it with you.

Monday, March 05, 2018

pacific theatre venue update | the state of things

Some time has passed since we last shared an update on our venue situation here at PT. We know that there are members of our community who are concerned about the future our physical home as well as its impact on the company as a whole. Let us eagerly assure you that Pacific Theatre, as a company, is not going anywhere. As we continue to explore options, we will do our best to keep you updated - below is a statement about where things are at right now and how we got here.

In 1994, Pacific Theatre found a home in the Chalmers Heritage Building at 12th and Hemlock after a decade of producing theatre in various locations in and around Vancouver. This distinctive and intimate alley stage has been a great home for our artists and audiences ever since, and now in our 33rd year of creating theatre that matters, we pursue a new home. We fully intend to maintain such a home for our productions and people, and improve upon our facilities even if it requires a temporary or permanent relocation.

In 2012, a strategic planning process noted the importance of acknowledging the venue needs for Pacific Theatre with a focus on being in a space that made us more accessible and provided opportunity for sustainable growth as a company and as artists. Not long after, we learned that our landlords at Holy Trinity Anglican Church had chosen to seek redevelopment to best manage the large Heritage Building. At that time we knew that a search for a new home needed to be expedited. This led to a year-to-year leasing arrangement with Holy Trinity, that is currently secure until June 30th 2019, with the possibility of further lease renewal until redevelopment plans are confirmed. Once construction commences, we have a number of options.

Remaining at 12th and Hemlock post-redevelopment is an encouraging possibility for Pacific Theatre. We are working closely with Holy Trinity on options that would provide increased street presence and capacity for us as part of the building redesign. We are also exploring other avenues, including a potential partnership with the Fringe Festival and Langara College to create an Arts Centre elsewhere in the city.

For the past five years, we are proud to say that Pacific Theatre has continued to produce full theatrical seasons while preparing for significant changes regarding our theatre space. We fully intend to continue in that tradition, and we are deeply grateful for the integrity and trust of our landlords at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, as well as their openness to keep us a potential part of their future plans. We appreciate the support of Cultural Services at the City of Vancouver as we execute studies on potential venue options, and all other partners who have been open and generous with their time. We also need to thank our patrons, artists, reviewers, and all those who hold Pacific Theatre as a valuable space for art in Vancouver. We will continue to serve the community as one of the only mid-sized theatre companies and look forward to reporting on venue changes when plans are confirmed.

Friday, March 02, 2018

mar 2 - 25 | forget about tomorrow | arts club

Pacific Theatre stalwart Craig Erickson (God’s Man In Texas, Grace, Leave Of Absence) plays Tom in FORGET ABOUT TOMORROW at the Arts Club.

When Jane’s husband Tom is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, they face a difficult journey ahead. Will love and humour be enough to brace their family for the future? Can Jane reconcile her dreams with today’s reality? Or will she grow to doubt her loyalty to the man who will ultimately forget her name? From one member of the award-winning Mom’s the Word Collective, this is a story of hope and change.

March 2 - 25, 2018
Matinees Saturday and Sunday
Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre (162 W 1st Avenue)

Tickets and Info Here.

Thursday, March 01, 2018

an almost holy picture | show quotes

The script for AN ALMOST HOLY PICTURE is full of beautiful moments of poetry. We asked actor David Snider to share with us his favourite lines in the show, here are a few of them.