Wednesday, September 28, 2016

sept 23-Oct 1 | catching fire: the musical

Co-general manager, Frank Nickel and many familiar PT performers have been working hard to bring you, CATCHING FIRE: THE MUSICAL. Be sure to check them out at studio 1398 tonight until Saturday, October 1st.

Catching Fire: The Musical by Mark Vandenberg is the hilarious sequel to last year's Vancouver Fringe smash hit Hunger Games: The Musical. Based on the Suzanne Collins novel and its successful film, this pop culture parody continues the story of Katniss Everdeen as she defies the Capitol, plays with Peeta's heart and belts out songs in the style of Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande.
** If you missed the show last year, we'll catch you up with a show-stopping recap of Hunger Games: The Musical.**

Tickets purchased online $20 + fees
Tickets at the door (if available) $25

Fri Sep 23, 8:00 PM
Sat Sep 24, 8:00 PM
Sun Sep 25, 2:00 PM
Wed Sep 28, 8:00 PM
Thurs Sep 29, 8:00 PM
Fri Sep 30, 8:00 PM
Sat. Oct 1, 2:00 PM
Sat Oct 1, 8:00 PM

sept 29-oct 15 | a few good men | theatre in the country

Our friends at Theatre in the Country are producing A FEW GOOD MEN, opening this weekend. They also have auditions coming up for their upcoming production of MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET.

A Few Good Men
by Aaron Sorkin

September 29th to October 15th

You can't handle the truth!

The story of military lawyers at a court-martial who uncover a high-level conspiracy when a rookie Navy lawyer is assigned to defend two Marines on trial for the murder of one of their platoon members. He expects a plea-bargain, and a cover-up of what really happened. But, prodded by a female member of his defense team, the lawyer eventually makes a valiant effort to defend his clients and, in doing so, the play raises the questions of what it means to have honour, dignity and humanity in an increasingly complex world.

For tickets and info visit their website.

a good way out | a moment with the playwright

We recently sat down with playwright, Cara Norrish as she discussed her processes in developing A GOOD WAY OUT. Here are some of her thoughts regarding the show.

I was inspired to write this play when someone I loved passed away. I was a child and this was the first person to die where I understood what that truly meant. Maybe this happens to everyone when death inevitably materializes around them but it deeply affected me. I saw this person as funny, caring and compassionate but there was a dark side to them that was kept hidden from me. This play is an exploration of that dark side.

I have always been slightly afraid to write this play, to go there, to that place where these dark thoughts lived. I’m happy I went there because what I found is beautiful and I think it is a story worth telling. The fear came from the idea that this person would become flawed in my mind and that I would see them the way many people see gang members. However, I was able to see them as a complete person through this process. As a dark, complicated individual who was still the funny, caring and compassionate person I remember.

This play is about what pushes us as human beings. How far will we go to protect and provide for the ones we love. It means the world to me to have my first professional production be at Pacific Theatre. It is my home and my family. -Cara Norrish

A GOOD WAY OUT resumes tonight at 8:00 pm. For tickets call our box office at 604.731.5518.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

marilynne robinson at regent college

"Calvin says somewhere that each of us is an actor on a stage and God is the audience. That metaphor has always interested me, because it makes us artists of our behavior, and the reaction of God to us might be thought of as aesthetic rather than morally judgemental. I think it suggests how God might actually enjoy us.” Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson

On March 7 and 9, 2017, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Marilynne Robinson will give the Laing Lectures at Regent College.  I read Gilead some years ago, and it is a remarkable novel. I'm going to re-read it in anticipation of hearing her, then continue with Home and Lila, all three of which take place in the same world.

You may remember that President Obama did an interview with Robinson a year ago, which was published in two parts in The New York Review Of Books, here and here. It's also available as a free audio download at iTunes. That a sitting president would undertake an in depth conversation with a writer speaks volumes about both president and writer.

Not surprisingly, the Regent bookstore has lots of her titles in stock, including the hard covers pictured above at sale prices. Worth a trip to the UBC campus.

a good way out | responses

“ Corina Akeson has a tough role as Joey’s sister who hopes to bring her brother back into the Christian fold. It’s a nicely nuanced performance that steers clear of preachiness although it could easily go that way... Terrific performances every one and a haunting production of an unsettling new play. Developed by Pacific Theatre, A Good Way Out doesn’t show us or Joey a good way out but it definitely illustrates how one dysfunctional family leads the desperate and vulnerable to seek refuge in another, even more destructive one.” | Jo Ledingham

“And, under Anthony F. Ingram’s direction, the performances in this production are strong. It’s a particular pleasure to watch Carl Kennedy (Joey) playing scenes with Corina Akeson (Lynette); both are such honest, responsive actors.” | Colin Thomas

"This is as good as dramatic theatre gets! Don’t expect to come away with a song in your heart and a lightness in your steps. Plan on feeling every wrenching emotion you can imagine. This is reality for real people." | Linda (audience response)

“…if you like theatre to be gritty and hard-hitting – this might be for you.”
“The play’s narrative, offers a believable insight into the ruthless business of organised crime, showing us that not everyone involved benefits from the proceeds.” | John Lane

A Good Way Out is a story about choices. In life, we all have them and sometimes we make bad choices. It’s a reminder that no matter how hard life can be, if we just take a look around there may just be a better way, a better choice. And if not, we need to look for it, before we end up making a bad one.” | Fun! Fun! Vancouver

“If it wasn’t for the fact Cara Norrish’s A Good Way Out is based on real-life events, it would be easy to dismiss as another privileged view into a world most of us have little knowledge. What she gives us though, in this world premiere at Vancouver’s Pacific Theatre, is a raw exploration of gang life that is at times as surprising as it is brutal...Leading the way is an absolutely transformed Andrew Wheeler. Tattoos on his neck and arms, in his Harley vest and bandana, Wheeler is virtually unrecognizable…his hold on the people around him is believable, and sometimes downright frightening... A Good Way Out is an unflinching view into gang life. It is buoyed by a great cast and writing that is as at times as surprising as it is real…convincing audiences to take a chance on unfamiliar work can be tough. You should take this chance.” | Mark Robins (Vancouver Presents)

"Very well acted and very intense. I feel all the actors were bang on with their characters that they were playing. Bravo to all of them. Would see it again and recommmend this play. For sure." | Lorna and Michael Albanese (audience response)

2016 ICWP 50/50 applause awards

We are so excited to announce that we were included in an award for theatre companies that produce seasons of plays with at least 50% female playwrights! Other Vancouver companies are Shameless Hussy, Mitch and Murray, and the Firehall. Check out the celebration video below and help us congratulate all the talented female playwrights.

oct 7-16 | the concierge of vancouver | ian farthing

Check out what PT board member, Ian Farthing has been up to. Rumour has it you get to enjoy free gelato on opening night!

Monday, September 26, 2016

a good way out | opening night photos

Some shots from opening night of A GOOD WAY OUT last Friday! Thanks to everyone who came out and made it an incredible opening weekend!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

sept 24 - oct 15 | a good way out

Please join us in celebrating the world premiere of  A GOOD WAY OUT, by Cara Norrish! We open tomorrow, September 24th @ 8:00 pm.

By Cara Norrish

Sept 23rd - Oct 15th
Wednesday - Saturday @ 8:00 pm
*Saturday matinees @ 2:00 pm
**Sunday, October 9th matinee @ 2:00 pm


Box Office Hours:
Tuesdays 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Wednesday to Saturday 12:00 -7:00 pm

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

sept 22 | a good way out | pay-what-you-can

This Thursday, September 22rd is our pay-what-you-can preview night for A GOOD WAY OUT. Rush tickets are available at the door on the night of the show.

By Cara Norrish

Pay-What-You-Can Preview
Thursday, September 23rd @ 8:00 pm
Tickets available at the door

**Advance tickets available for $14.95. Please call our box office at 604.731.5518 for more information.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

a good way out | subscriber appreciation saturday

Calling all subscribers! It's time for our first Subscriber Appreciation Saturday. If you are a season subscriber we would love to have you join us this Saturday for The Playwrights Process. Artistic Director, Ron Reed will be discussing his process on writing TOLKIEN (working title), and Playwright, Cara Norrish will taking us through her journey in developing A GOOD WAY OUT.

A GOOD WAY OUT Subscriber Appreciation Saturday
Saturday, September 24th at 3:45pm
(approx - following the matinee)

Joey is a hardworking mechanic who operates as the front man for a biker gang. He joined for protection, but a few bad decisions have him looking for an escape that may not exist. The world premiere of a fierce, compelling look into the precarious world of crime and compromise.

Advisory: A hard-hitting look at the realities of gang life, A Good Way Out contains very strong language. Sexual content is largely suggested though speech, but there is a brief scene that contains a coerced striptease, as well as discussions of and depictions of violence.
Trigger warnings for violence and sexual coercion.

Directed by Anthony F. Ingram.
Featuring Carl Kennedy, Andrew Wheeler, Corina Akeson, Chad Ellis, and Evelyn Chew.

Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP Lindsay: if you are interested in attending!

Monday, September 19, 2016

a good way out | meet the cast

It's time to introduce the fabulous cast of A GOOD WAY OUT, by Cara Norrish!

Carl Kennedy (Joey) - even though Carl lives out of town, he is a regular on the PT stage. Carl was last seen in COMMON GRACE and his performance for THE WHIPPING MAN earned him a "Best Actor" nomination at the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards.

Andrew Wheeler (Larry) - was last seen in THE RAINMAKER in the role of H.C.- the loving, faithful father. Hold on to your hats as Andrew takes on the role of the ruthless leader of a biker gang.

Corina Akeson (Lynette) - we are thrilled to have the multitalented Corina around for not one but two shows this season! Be sure to catch her this February in CORLEONE.

Chad Ellis (Sean) - we are so grateful to have snagged this recent graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (London, UK), to be on our stage for the first time!

Evelyn Chew (Carla) - also making her PT debut! Evelyn has many theatre credits and did her acting training at Douglas College and Studio 58.