For its newest production, the Firehall Arts Centre is putting the Prime Minister centre stage in Proud, the controversial political comedy features Jessie Award winning Vancouver actor Andrew Wheeler, portraying a Prime Minister who bears a remarkable resemblance to the Right Honourable Stephen Harper.
Originally written for the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto as part of a trilogy of shows by then playwright-in-residence Michael Healey, the play was controversially dumped by the theatre over alleged concerns that the play would be deemed libelous. The show was later produced in Toronto by Healey himself and then in Ottawa, and a third production is currently on at the Belfry Theatre in Victoria.
Proud is a witty, intelligent and sexy political satire that imagines a different outcome to the last Federal election – the Tories took Quebec and won a huge majority. A young, attractive and very inexperienced female MP provides the Prime Minister with a new tool in his arsenal, but she there is more to her than meets the eye. In among the political maneuverings and backroom machinations emerges a surprising, complex and very funny portrait of the Prime Minister.
Proud plays Vancouver’s Firehall Arts Centre April 5 – 19. Tickets are available online at http://firehallartscentre.ca.