Thursday, November 16, 2017

almost, maine | why this matters - kaitlin williams' full text

Almost, Maine is a play filled with complicated emotional journeys that also strive for universality. We sat down with director Kaitlin Williams and she shared her thoughts on these 'love parables'.

almost, maine | photos

We've got the advance photos for our final show of 2017: John Cariani's ALMOST, MAINE! All photos by Emily Cooper.









Tuesday, November 14, 2017

almost, maine | meet the cast

We're finishing 2017 off with a big fluffy snowball of a show - John Cariani's beautiful wintry anthology ALMOST, MAINE. And director Kaitlin Williams has assembled a dream team of Pacific Theatre stalwarts to bring this magical journey to life.

Kim Larson is a former Pacific Theatre acting apprentice - you may have seen her in SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN, THE WOLVES, or THE DROWNING GIRLS on the PT stage, or at various productions at Studio 58. She's putting on lots of different hats to return to our stage for Almost, Maine!

Giovanni Mocibob returns to our stage after stirring turns in THE WHIPPING MAN and DOUBT - having recently spent time in the world of film and television, we are proud to have him back in the theatre. He's getting to show off his comedy chops after some heavy lifting in past PT shows.

You may have seen Jalen Saip around the theatre or box office this fall as one of our company apprentices, and now you have the chance to watch her weave her magic on stage. Jalen has previously joined Stone's Throw Productions for PROBLEM CHILD and THE WOLVES, as well as THE WINTER'S TALE with our friends at Classic Chic! Jalen is also a performer with Vancouver TheatreSports League on Granville Island.

Peter Carlone is back on the Pacific Theatre stage, and we are thrilled! After his award-winning turn in THE FOREIGNER and his stellar work with comedy duo PETER N' CHRIS, we have no doubt that Peter will have us rolling in the aisles - and in the snow - once again.

Baraka Rahmani last joined us for WIT, and we're so pleased to have her back for our 2017-2018 season. This spring she will head to Ontario for a production of A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

nov 16 | the kingdom of what is | author reading

Karl Petersen is a long-time part of the Pacific Theatre world.  He acted in our production of Dorothy Sayers' THE ZEAL OF THY HOUSE way back in 1985(!), and I've often read his poetry at Christmas Presence.  Well, he's written a young adult novel, and there'll be a reading next Thursday at noon.  And if you can't make it to the reading, the book is available on Amazon.



THE KINGDOM OF WHAT IS
A Reading

November 16, 12 noon

Regent College Atrium
5800 University Blvd, Vancouver

Petersen Reads, Q&A, and book signing

Free Admission
Books - $15 (cash or check)

Monday, November 06, 2017

almost, maine | first read

Today was the first read of ALMOST, MAINE! This charming romantic comedy is going to be the perfect introduction to the holidays. Here's some shots from the hilarious reading.












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Wednesday, November 01, 2017

the lonesome west | responses


"Your best bet on stage right now continues to be the fecking grand production of Martin McDonagh’s The Lonesome West. As funny as it is dark, this trip to Leenane is worth it, and marks an auspicious start for one of our city’s newest indie theatre groups.... As Valene and Coleman, John Voth and Kenton Klassen are absolutely terrific. Matching each other note-for-note, there is a naturalness to their delivery leaving little doubt the two come from the same blood. One can’t help but wonder if the two actors, who are roommates, are giving some life to their characters from experience in the real-world." | Mark Robins, Vancouver Presents

"John Voth is doing an excellent job of playing the rhythms as Valene while staying responsive and giving his character an active inner life... And I unreservedly admire Paige Louter’s work as Girleen. Not only does she get the rough humour right, she also finds the delicacy." | Colin Thomas

"These are four excellent performers. John Voth is big and burly and yet there is something decidedly boyish about Valene, especially in his collection of figurines of the saints which he believes will get him into heaven... Coleman, on the other hand, played by Kenton Klassen is nasty, cunning and sly. He knows exactly how to get Valene riled up and takes wicked pleasure in doing it... As Girleen, Paige Louter is saucy and pert... Against all odds, Sebastien Archibald makes Father Welsh a pitiable character in spite of his drinking and self-loathing." | Jo Ledingham

"The play, by Irish/British bad boy Martin McDonagh, is tons of fun. The writing vibrates with lethal verve... You wouldn’t expect patricide and Catholicism to be this much fun." | Darren Barefoot, The Georgia Straight

"Brilliant show - dark, funny, hard and hopeful. Like a Pogues song turned into a play." Nicola Colhoun

nov 3 | graham ord | bez arts hub

Graham Ord has played a couple CHRISTMAS PRESENCES - there'd have been more, but he lives far away now - and when he performs this Friday at Bez Arts Hub he'll have Brett Ziegler on keys, who has played bazillions of Christmas Presences, and was our band leader for GODSPELL.


GRAHAM ORD IN CONCERT
Nov 3
Bez Arts Hub, Langley
Doors at 7:00 Join us for bevies
Show at 8:00
tickets + info

The man, the legend, Graham Ord at Bez Arts Hub! His band, featuring monster barefooted bassist Peter Davyduck, the massively talented Brett Ziegler on keybaords, percussion and wind instruments, and powerhouse drummer Dan Oldfield. Graham's discography spans decades and continents from blues to rock to folk to gospel you wont want to miss the amazing evening in the perfect Bez performance space!

Presented in partnership with Mirror Arts Program and Creative BC

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

artist in residence | evan frayne

We are so excited to announce that Evan Frayne as an Artist in Residence this year! Evan has been a part of the PT Family since his apprenticeship in the 2011-2012 season when he performed in JESUS HOPPED THE 'A' TRAIN and THE GREAT DIVORCE and won the Sam Payne Outstanding Newcomer Award at the Jessies. Since then he has performed in and directed a number of shows, including FREUD'S LAST SESSION and THE LONESOME WEST.


His residency is funded by the BC Arts Council's Early Career Development Program, and will focus on the direction and development of new work, directing intimate theatre performance, and season planning.

Monday, October 30, 2017

the lonesome west | about the leenane trilogy

THE LONESOME WEST is the third play in Martin McDonagh's Leenane Trilogy, a series of plays about the same small town in western Ireland. Together, the plays sketch in a town full of dysfunctional and violent family relationships, from the mother-daughter duo in THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE who give THE LONESOME WEST's Valene and Coleman a run for their money, to the grave digger in A SKULL IN CONNEMARA whose wife dies under mysterious circumstances, these three plays weave a fascinating, dark, poetic, and comedic image of life.



From Fintan O'Toole's introduction to the Bloomsbury publication of all three plays:

"The savagery of the plays is not literal, but neither is it pure invention. It comes from a vividly imagined sense of cultural infusion, from a world in which meanings and values have been shattered into odd-shaped fragments. And what's more important is that the plays themselves try to put the fragments back together again... And what matters in the end is that McDonagh is more than just a clever theatrical stylist. His tricks and turns have purpose. They are bridges over a deep pit of sympathy and sorrow, illuminated by a tragic vision of stunted and frustrated lives. Moments of love and loss, yearning and even faith catch the light now and then. That they cannot abide long in such a blighted world seems somehow less remarkable than the fact that they arise at all."