The Pacific Theatre 2017/2018 season includes the premiere of Mark Leiren-Young's Bar Mitzvah Boy
The Pacific Theatre 2017/2018 season includes the premiere of Mark Leiren-Young's Bar Mitzvah Boy

Pacific Theatre, Vancouver’s faith-based professional theatre company, announced its 2017/2018 season which will include two world premieres and two guest productions.

“I know I probably say this every year, but I truly believe that this is one of the strongest line-ups Pacific Theatre has put forward in a long time,” says artistic director Ron Reed. “Every script is powerful, and we’ve got the perfect mix of brand new scripts, partnerships, and even one play fresh from Off-Broadway.”

In its season opener, the company presents Lucas Hnath’s The Christians (Sep 15-Oct 7). This exploration of the mystery of faith, community, and power finished its Off-Broadway run in 2015.

“We went after the rights three times before they finally became available. It’s provocative, smart, and surprisingly gripping,” says Reed.

In October, Pacific Theatre welcomes the first of two guest productions with the Cave Canem Productions presentation of The Lonesome West (Oct 20-Nov 11). Part of playwright Martin McDonagh’s Connemara trilogy, this Tony Award-nominated black comedy continues to chronicle the goings-on in the tiny Irish town of Leenane.

“[It] is irreverent, roll-out-of-your-seat funny and digs deep into questions about reconciliation and family,” says producer Kenton Klassen.

Next up is Almost, Maine (Nov 24-Dec 16), John Cariani’s exploration of love and loss in the remote and mythical town called Almost. The year closes with Pacific Theatre’s annual holiday tradition, Christmas Presence (Dec 19-23).

The new year begins with the second guest production of the season as Dark Glass Theatre presents Lynn Nottage’s Ruined (Jan 26-Feb 17). Set during the civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, it is an intense drama that gives a human face to those wrecked by war.

“It is a privilege to tell this beautiful story of resilient women whose bodies are being used as a battlefield in the ongoing conflict in the Congo,” says director Angela Konrad.

February sees the return of Alberta’s Rosebud Theatre to Pacific Theatre with a production of An Almost Holy Picture (Feb 21-Mar 3), the story of one man’s quest for solace and meaning among tragedy and misfortune.

In March comes the world premiere of Mark Leiren-Young’s Bar Mitzvah Boy (Mar 23-Apr 14). The story of a successful lawyer with a sudden and desperate need to get bar mitzvahed, the brand-new comedy is a tale of faith, tragedy, and the meaning behind the ritual.

Closing the season is the world premiere of Ron Reed’s Tolkien (May 11-Jun 9). This long-awaited play charts the complex relationship between two giants of fantasy fiction, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.

“What I discovered about the complexities of their decades-long friendship convinced me there was a compelling play there. Over six years later, it’s a thrill to be able to announce its world premiere,” says Reed.

The 2017/2018 Pacific Theatre season gets underway in September. Visit http://pacifictheatre.org for tickets and information.