Vancouver’s Touchstone Theatre remounts a production of Jordan Tannahill’s Late Company at the Evergreen Cultural Centre in Coquitlam and The Cultch in Vancouver. Here are five reasons we think you should not miss it:
1. Sadly, its central theme of bullying still resonates today as Late Company imagines a restorative justice dinner between the parents of their dead gay son, his chief tormentor, and that boy’s parents.
2. Katherine Venour, Gerry Mackay and Michael Kopsa return to reprise their roles from the original 2014 production, joined on stage by Linda Quibell and Arthur MacKinnon.
3. Touchstone Theatre’s artistic director Katrina Dunn returns to direct. After twenty years at the helm, Dunn is scheduled to depart the company at the end of next season.
4. Late Company is penned by one of Canada’s freshest new writers, Jordan Tannahill. Playwright, filmmaker and theatre director, the Governor General Award winner was most recently seen in Vancouver as Club PuSh Curator-in-Residence at this year’s PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.
5. The company’s original 2014 production was nominated for four Jessie Awards, Vancouver’s equivalent to the Tony Awards, including best production.