Last seen on the Pacific Theatre stage in 2016 with her play Suitcase Stories (photo above by Damon Calderwood), Maki Yi returns for the company's 2019/2020 season with her new Gramma.
Last seen on the Pacific Theatre stage in 2016 with her play Suitcase Stories (photo above by Damon Calderwood), Maki Yi returns for the company's 2019/2020 season with her new Gramma.

Pacific Theatre, Vancouver’s faith-based professional theatre company, has announced a 2019/2020 season with a mix of new plays, literary re-imaginings, and dramas.

“The plays this year are close to my heart,” says Pacific Theatre artistic director Ron Reed in a media release. “These are stories of people confronting the very core of what makes us human – the faith, the doubt, the joy and the pain of it. It’s everything we want theatre to do.”

The season kicks off with the Canadian premiere of Mother Of The Maid (Sep 13-Oct 5). Fresh off the Broadway, the play examines the story of Joan of Arc through the eyes of her mother Isabelle.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of the Canadian premiere of a new play from a wonderful female playwright that tackles the themes of motherhood and faith from the point of view of some pretty amazing women from history,” says actor Anita Wittenberg, who will appear in the show.

Next up is Frankenstein: Lost in Darkness (Oct 18-Nov 2). A guest production from Wireless Wings Radio Ensemble, who brought It’s A Wonderful Life to the Pacific Theatre stage in 2014, this immersive audio drama is adapted by Peter Church from the classic Mary Shelley novel.

The holiday season sees an adaptation of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol (Nov 29-Dec 21) by Pacific Theatre’s artistic director Ron Reed. In this one-man show, Reed also performs Scrooge and more than thirty characters in this perennial Christmas classic. The season will also see the return of Pacific Theatre’s annual Christmas Presence (Dec 15-23), its annual show of poems, prose and song.

The New Year starts with the premiere of Maki Yi’s Gramma (Jan 17-Feb 1). Last seen on the Pacific Theatre stage with Suitcase Stories in 2016, Yi’s new play is the story of beginning her new life in Regina, where her elderly landlady seems determined to treat her as nothing more than a servant.

In February comes The Best of Enemies (Feb 28-Mar 21), based on the true story of C.P. Ellis, a Grand Cyclops of the KKK, and Ann Atwater, an African-American civil rights activist, during the desegregation of the Durham, North Carolina, schools in 1971.

“One of the things I love about this play is that it gives us hope that people can change – and that, sadly, it’s such a timely story to be told,” says The Best of Enemies director Ian Farthing. “The fifty years since the events of The Best of Enemies occurred feel like a day.”

Following its 2017 production of Almost, Maine, comes its darker companion piece Love/Sick (Apr 3-25). A series of nine short stories of love and loss, they are all set inside playwright John Cariani’s “alternate suburban reality”.

“In an increasingly virtual time, Love/Sick is all about being face to face. It sifts us right down to our core and the questions we find there,” says Jamie King who returns to direct this guest production following last year’s critically acclaimed production of The Wolves.

Closing out the season is Horton Foote’s The Trip To Bountiful (May 15-Jun 6), the story of an aging widow who longs to escape the cramped Houston apartment to return to her hometown of Bountiful, Texas, one final time before she dies.

Subscriptions to Pacific Theatre’s 2019-2020 season are now available. Visit pacifictheatre.org for more information.