Kenton Klassen and Pippa Johnstone in the 2014 production of Gruesome Playground Injuries.
Kenton Klassen and Pippa Johnstone in the 2014 production of Gruesome Playground Injuries.

Pacific Theatre, Vancouver’s faith-based theatre company, announced a 2015/2016 season that includes three world premieres.

Those three works include A Christmas Carol: On the Air (Dec 5-Jan 2), a new take on the Dickens classic performed as a 1940’s-style live radio show; the new family drama Common Grace (Jan 29-Feb 13) from Shauna Johannesen; and Kathy Parson’s A Good Mother (Apr 20-23) in which one good mother’s sacrifice sets everyone’s lives on a new course, bringing into question what is right, what is good, and what is allowed.

“One thing that is core to Pacific Theatre’s mandate is the development of new work and emerging artists, so I am incredibly excited to have three new works on our stage next season,” says Artistic Director Ron Reed.

All three of the new works came out of Pacific Theatre’s “Working With” play development program, a bi-weekly meeting of playwrights, hand-selected by Reed, in which they read and dramaturg each other’s plays.

Others in the coming season are what Reed calls his “dream shows”, those that he has wanted to produce on the Pacific Theatre stage for at least twenty years.  Those shows include The Midnight Theatre guest production of the bluegrass musical Smoke on the Mountain (Oct 10-Nov 1) and Margaret Edson’s emotionally charged Wit (May 20-Jun 11).

Rounding out the season, Pacific Theatre once again teams up with Bleeding Heart Theatre with The Amish Project (Nov 6-21), and hosts the return of the unconventional love story Gruesome Playground Injuries (Apr 1-16).

Established in 1984, Pacific Theatre is one of the only professional theatre companies in Vancouver to produce a full season of theatre in its own space, a unique 128-seat alley theatre located under the Holy Trinity Anglican Church at 12th and Hemlock. Its mandate is to explore the spiritual side of life.

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