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2010 – 2011 2010 – 2011 Season Season

Show Dates Fringe: Sept 8 – 18 The Busy World is Hushed: Sept 24 – Oct 16 — Preview Date: Sept 23

Playland: Nov 5 – 27 — Preview Date: Nov 4

Christmas on the Air: Dec 10 – Jan 1 — Preview Date: Dec 9

Christmas Presence: Dec 14 – 20 My Name Is Asher Lev: Jan 28 – Feb 26 — Preview Date: Jan 27

Jesus Hopped the “A” Train: Mar 11 – Apr 2 — Preview Date: March 10

Jake’s Gift: Apr 6 – 16 Sideshow: Apr 29 & 30 The Great Divorce: May 20 – Jun 18 — Preview Date: May 19

Music @ PT: Classics Jan 8 & June 25

Pacific Theatre isn't just a skit factory. We're a community of artists who live to create work that explores the furthest reaches of the human spirit – hope and despair, doubt and mystery, darkness and celebration – places where glorious, frail humanity and eternity collide. This season is a celebration of our community of theatre-makers. Of course Pacific Theatre will continue to create the sort of soul-searching, faith-testing art that feeds all of our souls – Anthony F. Ingram (The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, Refuge Of Lies) will direct Tom Pickett (Master Harold & The Boys, Hospitality Suite) and Michael Kopsa (Hospitality Suite, The Woodsman) in Playland, Athol Fugard's blistering investigation of Truth And Reconciliation in post-apartheid South Africa. Morris Ertman (Tent Meeting, Damien) helms the Canadian Premiere of My Name Is Asher Lev, Chaim Potok's landmark novel about faith and art. And Scott Campbell (A Wrinkle In Time, The Foreigner) is back to create stage magic from C.S. Lewis's paradigm-shifting masterpiece The Great Divorce. In addition to our own creations, this season our stage will host an unprecedented array of work produced by Pacific Theatre artists. Gina Chiarelli (Agnes Of God, The Fever) and Adam Bergquist (Last Train To Nibroc, Chickens) join Pi Theatre's Richard Wolfe to open our mainstage season with The Busy World Is Hushed. Damon Calderwood (The Elephant Man, A Man For All Seasons), Seana-Lee Wood (Tent Meeting) and a cast of Vancouver's musical theatre luminaries bring the Vancouver premiere of a Lucia Frangione (Espresso, Cariboo Magi) Christmas story. And Julia Mackey (Holy Mo!, Private Eyes) returns to PT with her buddy Jake, a character she created for Mercy Wild half a dozen seasons back, who stole that show and went on to star in one of his own – Jake's Gift, an award-winning solo show that's taken Canada by storm. Perhaps most exciting in this showcase of our theatre artists is the launch of a brand new company, Glass City Theatre, which will share our space this season. Artistic Director Rob Olguin is a TWU theatre grad who apprenticed at Pacific Theatre before earning his MFA at one of North America's pre-eminent actor training programs, the PATP at University of Washington. As well as producing Stretch Dog in our "fringe of the Fringe", Glass City will stage Steven Adly Giurgis' Jesus Hopped The 'A' Train. Audiences who experienced The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot know they will be in for an extraordinarily provocative, fiercely comic and relentlessly intelligent confrontation with ultimate questions of human evil and the possibility of redemption. In 26 seasons, Pacific Theatre has not only brought Vancouver an astonishing array of memorable shows, it has been a place for artists to do work they care about, to challenge themselves artistically, and to share their gifts with Vancouver's best audience. Actors and designers and playwrights and directors have found their voice, launched their careers, or discovered an artistic home. Our 2010 – 2011 season celebrates a remarkable community of artists whose presence in our larger community enriches us all. —— Ron Reed, Artistic & Executive Director

Mainstage Season

—— What’s the use of loving someone when it isn’t nearly enough to save them?

The Busy World is Hushed Sept 24 – Oct 16 By Keith Bunin When a widowed Episcopal minister hires an agnostic gay man as her scholarly assistant she may have found the missing link in an estranged relationship with her wayward son. Mixing sexual politics with spiritual contradictions, her motivations are called into question when secrets from the past begin to surface. A powerful exploration of faith and fear, The Busy World is Hushed probes the passions and distortions of religion, relationships, and the human heart. Director: Richard Wolfe. Cast: Gina Chiarelli, Sebastian Kroon, Adam Bergquist. —— Five Stars...Searching, perceptive and absorbing... [ Time Out New York ] —— Hearts and souls are tangled and torn, God is abused and praised, and the audience is left in a state of contemplation. [ Theatredogs ] Adult Content A Guest Production by one2theatre

—— Forgive me or kill me. That's the choice you have.

Playland Nov 5 – 27 By Athol Fugard New Years Eve, 1989. Two South Africans, a black security guard and a white soldier, meet at a travelling amusement park. A powerful exploration of guilt and damnation, truth and reconciliation in post-apartheid South Africa. From the author of Master Harold... and the Boys. Director: Anthony F. Ingram. Cast: Tom Pickett, Michael Kopsa. —— Cathartic. Soul-cleansing. [ British Theatre Guide ] —— Intense and eloquent. [ Los Angeles Times ] Strong Language A Pacific Theatre Production

—— Snuggle up to the fire, sit back and listen...

Christmas on the Air Dec 10 – Jan 1 By Lucia Frangione Journey back to the days when radio was king, as Philomena and Percival B. Frank present their annual Christmas show before a live studio audience. On-air magic and off-stage romance combine for a show as comfy as a cup of mulled cider and a plate of sugar cookies. Comedy, music and good cheer from the author of Cariboo Magi, Chickens, Holy Mo and Espresso. Director: Ian Farthing. Cast: Damon Calderwood, Seana-Lee Wood, Lalainia Lindbjerg, Tracy Neff, and Ben Elliott. —— Frangione's merry little Christmas show overflows with the warmest sentiments of the holiday season. A family-friendly, nostalgic romp. [ ] A Guest Production by Midnight Theatre Collective

—— It is absurd to apologize for a Mystery.

My Name is Asher Lev Jan 28 – Feb 26 Adapted by Aaron Posner From the novel by Chaim Potok When a young Jewish prodigy paints The Brooklyn Crucifixions, the reaction of his Orthodox community forces a terrible decision – between family and vocation, between his love for God and his desperate need to make art. A poignant coming of age story, as intimate as a family dinner and as vast as a young man's dreams. Heartbreaking, triumphant. Director: Morris Ertman. —— A truly beautiful theatrical experience. Ninety fast-moving minutes that sparkle with life. [ Talkin' Broadway ] —— A marvelous evening of theatre: intimate, sincere, magical. [ Philadelphia City Paper ] A Pacific Theatre Production

—— How many sons of god you know drive a Lexus?

Jesus Hopped the “A” Train Mar 11 – Apr 2 By Stephen Adly Guirgis Rikers Island. Two men sit in solitary confinement, 23 hours a day. Lucius Jenkins is a serial killer who awaits execution, Angel Cruz stands accused of a murder he doesn't believe was a crime. One has found God, the other needs to find himself. Visceral, gritty, harrowing – an uncompromising drama about contradiction, contrition and hypocrisy by the author of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Director: Angela Konrad. —— Fire-breathing. A probing, intense portrait of lives behind bars, it has the courage of its intellectual restlessness. Written in flame. [ New York Times ] —— Ventures into the terra incognita of contemporary theatre – theatrical and intellectual waters for which others lack the temerity or strength to tread. Layered with humor and passion. [ Curtain Up ] Strongest Possible Language A Guest Production by Glass City Theatre

—— We joined 'cause we'd get hot meals, a trip to Europe and a shiny pair of boots.

Jake’s Gift Apr 6 – 16 Written and performed by Julia Mackey When a crusty, down-on-his-luck WW2 veteran reluctantly makes the trip to Juno Beach to honour his brother Chester, his encounter with a precocious tenyear-old challenges the old soldier to confront some long-ignored ghosts. Born at Pacific Theatre in 2002, Jake has spent the past three years playing to standing ovations all across Canada – and now he's coming home! The most charming, heart-warming, and laughout-loud-funny one-woman-shows you'll ever see. —— The most theatrically pure show I have ever seen. A stunning performance. [ CBC ] —— I never did nothin’ special,' grunts Jake during an overdue visit to his brother’s grave. Mackey’s gift of remembrance is a powerful rebuttal. Don’t miss it. [ Winnipeg Free Press ] —— Best Drama, Best Solo Show, Best Female Performer: [ Victoria Fringe ] —— Best of Fest: [ Edmonton Fringe Festival ] [ Winnipeg Fringe Festival ] Some Language Pacific Theatre Presents a Juno Production

—— If there is one wee spark under all these ashes, we'll blow it till the whole pile is red and clear.

The Great Divorce May 20 – Jun 18 Adapted by George Drance & The Magis Theatre from the novel by C.S. Lewis Hell resembles nothing so much as a dreary industrial city in the north of England, its denizens free to leave whenever they like – aboard a bus bound for a heaven that's like nothing you've ever imagined. A theologically dazzling journey studded with memorable characters, mind-spinning dialogue and images of human folly and sublime hope that will forever change the way you see eternity. Director: Scott D. Campbell. Cast: Phillip Miguel, Evan Lendrum, Moriah Ophardt, Bria Crouch. —— Narnia for adults! Beatific, bright-clad, incorruptible spirits are pitted against flawed, monochromatic ghosts. It's not a fair fight. [ Seattle Weekly ] —— Challenges not only the ear and the brain but the heart and the soul. [ Seattle Post-Intelligencer ] Emerging Artist Showcase: A Pacific Theatre Production

Second Stage Events

Christmas Presence Dec 14, 19 & 20 at PT Dec 17 on the North Shore (Sutherland Church, 630 E 19th St., North Vancouver) Dec 18 in the Valley (Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 2315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford) Our favourite holiday tradition at Pacific Theatre. Spend an evening with artistic director Ron Reed and a handful of local musicians, singers, and actors. Intimate and casual, Christmas Presence is storytelling at its best with readings and music that mix the nostalgic with the contemporary, the heartfelt with the comedic.

Side Show Apr 29 & 30 Pacific Theatre is proud to present Side Show, comedy improv with a dash of chaos. Good clean fun for the whole family with our zany friends from around the city. Let the games begin!

Music @ PT The Classics Jan 8, June 25 Back for a fourth consecutive season, Pacific Rim String Quartet, PT’s resident chamber music ensemble, presents a series of intimate concerts connected to the themes, characters, and settings of the season’s plays.

We're On The Fringe! This September, our familiar space at 12th and Hemlock is host to four remarkable one-person shows with a distinct Pacific Theatre flavour. Order your tickets direct from the Vancouver Fringe Festival – 604-637-6380

Confessions Of A Paperboy By Doug Curtis With Giovanni Mocibob A young Christopher Columbus (no, not that one) has it on good authority he should become a paper boy – God told him to. So what's so important about delivering papers? —— Overflows with a beguiling mix of wit, humour, and intelligence. It's mesmerizing. [ Calgary Sun ]

Dirt By Robert Schneider With Christopher Domig, Outstanding Actor, New York Fringe 2007. An illegal Iraqi immigrant sells roses on the street to people who won't meet his eye.

Miracle In Rwanda Written and performed by Leslie Lewis Sword For 91 days, Immaculee hid in a bathroom from machete-wielding killers. Twelve years later she returns to the tiny room that saved her life. —— A genuine inspiration. Sword's one-woman performance makes riveting theatre. [ The Village Voice ]

—— My name is Sad. Actually, Saddam. A first name, just like Adolf or Jesus. See this show. Domig is captivating, highly skilled, and utterly heartbreaking. [ NY Theater ]

Stretch Dog written and performed by Robert Olguin Glass City Theatre Think of the worst commercial you've ever seen. Now think of the poor jerk who had to be in it. He didn't want to be there, but he's got a wife, a baby, a mortgage, and believe it or not, talent. Trouble is, he's also got an agent. —— Painfully hilarious. By turns Rob Olguin gives belly laughs and cringingly honest, accounts of his version of the Human Condition. [ Mark Jenkins – The Actor’s Studio ]

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