Pacific Theatre, Vancouver’s faith-based professional theatre company, celebrates its 35th anniversary 2018/2019 season with a mix of drama, comedy and guest productions.
“I am delighted with the plays,” said artistic director, Ron Reed in a media release. “Our world is full of divides that seem uncrossable. Theatre is where we go to give our hearts a workout, and to see one another with new eyes. This season does that with aplomb.”
Opening the season in September is Ins Choi’s Kim’s Convenience. Now adapted as a television sitcom on CBC television, it is the story of the Kim family who must navigate gentrification and culture in their family-run business.
Next up is the first of three guest productions this season with the return of The Wolves in October. Last seen on the Pacific Theatre stage as an apprentice show in 2017, this story of a pack of adolescent girls growing up on the soccer field, gets an extended run this year.
“When we discovered The Wolves during our apprenticeship here at Pacific Theatre, we jumped at the chance to have ten women on stage,” say producers, Danielle Klaudt and Paige Louter. “These girls are tough and vulnerable, goofy and vicious, and we can’t wait to share their stories.”
The holiday season will see the return of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Adapted from the C.S. Lewis novel by Pacific Theatre’s artistic director, Ron Reed, it sees Peter and Lucy return to the wardrobe as adults to reminisce and relive their journey to Narnia.
“The magical world of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was first introduced to me by my grade three teacher, Miss Nagy, who read it aloud to us and brought in Turkish delight,” says director, Sarah Rodgers. “My backyard and woods became my Narnia. I can’t wait to ignite more imaginations in this fresh new retelling of a favourite old tale.”
The new year begins with the second guest production as Ensemble Theatre Company presents a remount of A Prayer For Owen Meany. Based on the novel by John Irving, it is the story of a diminutive man who believes he is an instrument of god.
“What inspires me about Owen is the message that even the smallest of us can have an impact on the lives of those around us,” says director Ian Farthing.
March 2019 will see the world premiere of Peter Boychuk’s Jesus Freak, the story of the liberal-minded Campbell family whose tolerance is tested by their daughter’s announcement that she has become a Christian.
“I wrote Jesus Freak because I was fascinated by our tendency to surround ourselves with people who share our beliefs,” says Boychuk. “I wanted to dramatize the experience of someone who dares to believe something different than the rest of the tribe.”
In the final guest production of the season, Pacific Theatre welcomes back Cave Canem Productions with a production of David Gow’s Cherry Docs, the story of an ambitious Jewish defense lawyer who finds himself assigned to defend a young neo-Nazi accused of murder.
Closing out the season is Bekah Brunstetter’s dramedy The Cake, a timely story of a baker who discovers the wedding cake she is making for her best friend’s daughter is for two brides.
“In polarized times, this play attempts the seemingly impossible, to humanize people on both side of a very painful and divisive issue,” says director, Ron Reed.
The 2018/2019 Pacific Theatre season gets underway in September. Visit http://pacifictheatre.org for tickets and information.