Saturday, May 02, 2020

soul food: the ghost light season | podcast

Welcome to my podcast!  A way of "keeping the lights on" while Pacific Theatre's doors (and everybody else's) are closed. "Soul Food: The Ghost Light Season" is like a radio show, all about theatre and movies, music, stories, and life during this strange time we're all going through.

There was a special edition of the podcast on Easter weekend, Easter Presence. Act One went onstage (virtually) at 8:00 Good Friday, with Act Two taking the stage for a Saturday matinee at 2:00.  It's a special edition of the podcast that's just like Pacific Theatre's great tradition, "Christmas Presence" - except, of course, it's not about Christmas.  Songs and readings for this essential season.

Soul Food is also thrilled to be premiering a brand new novel-in-progress by our favourite playwright, Lucia Frangione!  Grazie is posted in serial form every Monday and Thursday, details and links below.

And Thelma Schoonmaker edited a nice little trailer for our First International Earth Day Film Festival, which happened April 22nd, coincidentally enough. Earth Day Film Festival trailer which you can find on YouTube. There's a nice little interview with Thelma early in Episode 12.

Ron Reed,
Artistic Director, Pacific Theatre


as a podcast: downloadable, streamable, or subscribe-able... or pretty much anywhere you get your podcasts 

on YouTube
here's a playlist of all the episodes in order

Friday, April 24, 2020

loren wilkinson | hot cross buns 2020

A recording of Loren reading the original Hot Cross Buns poem, written in 1987 and recorded for Iwan Russell-Jones' documentary "Making Peace With Creation," can be found as part of the YouTube playlist of selected poems by Loren Wilkinson, Imago Mundi

Saturday, April 11, 2020

ghost light podcast #9 | easter presence | set list | act two

Teacup's Jazzy Blues Tune | Taj Mahal with the Pointer Sisters
from Ooh So Good 'n Blues

sometime during eternity | Lawrence Ferlinghetti | read by Ron Reed
from Coney Island of the Mind

I Am One | Miriam Jones
from Being Here

Samaritan Woman | Sheila Rosen | read by Rebecca deBoer

Strange Man | Ken Whiteley
from Up Above My Head

Kwuz | David Kossoff | read by Ron Reed
from The Book Of Witnesses

Heal Me | Cheryl Bear
from Cheryl Bear

The Christ Of Charlie Edenshaw | Loren Wilkinson

By The Mark | Gillian Welch
from Revival

The Sighting | Luci Shaw | read by Ron Reed
from Sea Glass

What Love Looks Like | Carolyn Arends
from Seize The Day and Other Stories

Jeremy's Easter Egg | author unknown | read by Nicola Shannon

How Can I Keep From Singing | Julee Glaub
from Fields Faraway

Open | Luci Shaw | read by Ron Reed
from one of her books

I Am The Man, Thomas | Viper Central
from Live At The Street Church (out of print)

Food For Risen Bodies | Michael Symmons Roberts
from Corpus

Where Shall I Be
from Up Above My Head

The Lego Easter garden is by Sebastian Tow

Friday, April 10, 2020

ghost light podcast #8 : easter presence | set list | act one

I Want Jesus To Walk With Me | The Nelson Boschman Trio
from Keeping Time, Volume 2

Jesus Was An Only Son | Jon Ochsendorf
recorded for this podcast

Mr Prediction | Ira Glass & David Rakoff
from This American Life #241: 20 Acts in 60 Minutes

Touch The Hem | Ken Whitely
from Up Above My Head

Jesus Christ Superstar | Lucy Grealy | read by Chantal Gallant
from "My God," found in Joyful Noise

I Don't Know How To Love Him | Laura Koch, of The Kwerks
recorded for this podcast

Judas | J.D. Salinger | read by Ron Reed
from The Catcher in the Rye

Judas | Peter La Grand
from Duende

The Cast of Christmas Assembles | Steve Turner | read by Ian Farthing
from Tonight We Will Fake Love

All My Tears | Leigh Ann & Ryan Howarth
Rick Colhoun recording

Six Feet | Kirsty Provan
recorded for this podcast

The Cost of My Cure | Allen Desnoyers

Jesus Checks In For the Flight Home | Luci Shaw | read by Ron Reed
from Sea Glass

I'm Headed For | Michael Hart
from Desire, reissued on So Far So Good

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

ghost light podcast #5 | garth bowen | covid wars

Garth Bowen is a long-time friend, and a long-time friend of Pacific Theatre.  He was in our first production of Cotton Patch Gospel at the Richmond Gateway Theatre in October 1989, and has played nearly twenty years worth of Christmas Presences.  He posted a video of this brand new song on Sunday, March 29, on his Facebook page.

Finn Slough, March 24 | photo by Garth Bowen

Lock the gate shut all the doors
It’s time to face the Covid Wars
A battle fought without a gun
Where falling back is how its won

A viral menace fills the air
Another burden comes to bear
It’s not against the foe we fight
Not by power not by might

The markets fell just days ago
A life of saving doesn’t show
Things on end and upside down
The spirit’s gone in Vancouver town

There’s a dozen notes upon my wall
From friends who live in protocol
warmest thoughts and funny shares
sent with love and heartfelt prayers

And still beside the checkout stand
Those glossy pictures bronzed and tanned
What once amused us seems so trite
The simple things are the best in life

Social distance, seems so strange
I’ve got my dear ones on my brain
How long like this, maybe a year
How can I guard my heart from fear?

Sometimes it’s wise to plan ahead
The dreams we once held close seem dead
With so much time to think at home
And the coming storm has barely blown

There’s a dozen notes upon my wall
From friends who live in protocol
warmest thoughts and funny shares
sent with love and heartfelt prayers

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

'no show tonight' | behind the scenes at pacific theatre: coronavirus edition!

One of my favourite PT audience members sent me a thoughtful, inquisitive email, and I think our correspondence may be something worth sharing with other folks who may have questions about the practical challenges theatres and theatre artists are facing right now.


We are. Plus the stage manager, and a few remaining costs - settling up play royalties, truck rental to return set pieces and props, that’s mostly it.


If they signed the contracts with their Equity actors before first rehearsal, they will have to pay a certain amount of the actors’ and stage manager’s salaries, I think maybe two weeks’ worth? But it’s common practice to sign those contracts on first day of rehearsal, so the Arts Club may have no legal, contractual obligation there. But for whatever loss of expected revenue the artists themselves will now face, they will just have to hope that the financial compensation the government is putting in place for self-employed workers will apply to freelance artists.

The artists collective who were putting together our next production, Love/Sick, will actually break even on what they’ve already had to spend on front-end costs to mount their show - IF most of the people who bought advance tickets turn their ticket purchases into donations, which PT will of course pass along to those artists. We’re still proceeding to move toward our mid-May production of Trip To Bountiful, and even if we end up having eventually to cancel it, we will pay the designers proportionately for the work they will have done by the time we cancel; the set designer has done much of her work, I’m meeting (remotely) with the music/sound designer and the costumer today, and that will mean we’ll be committing to pay at least a portion of their contracts regardless of what happens. We’ll keep moving resolutely toward that production, and incurring whatever costs are involved, until we reach the point where it’s evident the show cannot go on - in the hopes that we find a way, that the community finds a way, for shows to go on. And if we can’t produce Trip To Bountiful this spring, we’ll put it in next season, so that the actors who’ve already invested time in learning their lines won’t have wasted that work - and because I’m dead set on producing that show! And we have already guaranteed the Love/Sick artists that we WILL present their show as soon as the doors are open again.

As for the Pacific Theatre artists who were touring Kim’s Convenience - which may have the dubious distinction of being the first show in BC that had performances cancelled? - I’m not sure what their Arts Club contract involves. They may be guaranteed pay right through to the end of the run, even though it’s not going ahead, or they may only have been paid for a week or two of their remaining run. I need to look into that.

It may be that larger theatres like The Arts Club have cancellation insurance. I really hope they do, for their sake as well as the sake of the artists. But Pacific Theatre doesn’t, and I’d be surprised if other smaller, indie theatres will have that protection in place.


You are the best! Truly, the people in Pacific Theatre’s audience astonish me, time and time again.

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