Pacific Theatre's 2014-2015 season includes beat poetry, a radio play, musical improv, and stories that range from the viscerally painful to the intellectually stimulating including Subway Stations of the Cross. Photo by Andrew Chung.
Pacific Theatre's 2014-2015 season includes beat poetry, a radio play, musical improv, and stories that range from the viscerally painful to the intellectually stimulating including Subway Stations of the Cross. Photo by Andrew Chung.

On the heels of its 30th anniversary season, Pacific Theatre has announced what may very well be its most diverse season yet.

One of Vancouver’s only professional theatre companies currently producing a full season of works in its own space, each year Pacific Theatre explores the spiritual aspects of human experience through their offerings.  While its mission remains the same, its 2014-2015 season’s shows are anything but the same with a roster that includes everything from beat poetry to musical improv, with stories from the viscerally painful to the intellectually stimulating.

“After a truly fantastic 30th anniversary season celebrating our history, I am thrilled to see what we’ve put together for next year,” says Ron Reed, Founding Artistic Director for Pacific Theatre.  “It is one of our most diverse seasons yet – music, drama, new work, comedy, and some really gritty, challenging stuff.  From Freud’s Last Session, a show we’ve been trying to bring to our stage for years, to The Rainmaker, one of the first plays I ever fell in love with, we’ve got some great work ahead of us.”

Opening its main stage season in October is N. Richard Nash’s The Rainmaker, a tale of faith and unexpected joy set against the Great Depression, followed by Subway Stations of the Cross (photo above by Andrew Chung), by one of the rising stars of Canadian theatre, Ins Choi and its unconventional mix of beat poetry, music, and the ramblings of a homeless man.

Christmas Presence will take audiences through the holiday season with its annual rag-tag gathering of musicians and actors sharing songs and stories for the holiday season.

The opener in 2014 is the season’s second guest production with Rosebud Theatre’s production of Underneath the Lintel, the story of a reclusive Dutch librarian who finds a recently-returned book that is 113 years past due, and the investigation that leads him to a globe-spanning obsession and an ancient ghost story.

In February it is Matthew Lopez’s The Whipping Man, a Civil War story of a critically wounded Jewish Confederate soldier returning to his ruined home where two of his family slaves wait, and the three men are left to sort through the sordid legacy of slavery and a new meaning to Passover.

Closing out the season on the main stage is Freud’s Last Session in which Sigmund Freud invites author CS Lewis into his home on the day England enters World War II, where the two tackle some of life’s most important questions.

In addition to the five plays in its main stage series, the company will also present three shows as part of its Artistic Director series including a new radio play adaptation of It’s a Wonderful Life by Vancouver artist Peter Church and a reading of Krista Marushy’s new script Cultivation.  The season also sees the return of Sideshow, the company’s annual comedy show that features a new improvised musical every night inspired by audience suggestions.

Visit http://pacifictheatre.org for tickets and more information.