Friday, May 18, 2018

tolkien | responses

"I LOVE the final scene - the appropriate pang of melancholy - and the final line struck me as beautiful and intriguing. One of the best final lines to a play, ever. Also - congratulations again Ron on your tremendous accomplishment. I left the theatre saying how I enjoyed spending that time with all the characters.”
- Katharine Venour, audience email

"Entering the intimate, underground confines of Pacific Theatre for Tolkien, there is an immediate and palpable magic in the air. At centre stage, set designer Drew Facey has stamped an elegant, ornate compass rose onto rich wooden floorboards. Hanging down over the space are leafy branches, leading back to thickly root trees that seem to grow out of the wells. It is a perfect setting to explore the odd and intricate friendship of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis."
- Brian Paterson, Vancouver Presents

"Farthing’s unstintingly generous Lewis and Dixon’s droll and doughty Warnie... Presiding over the whole scene is a sculpted larch tree so handsome that the characters – poets, after all – periodically stand back and stare just to admire its beauty.”
- Lincoln Kaye, Vancouver Observer

"The script balances these themes in an impressive fashion, and all the while educating a Tolkien-novice such as myself about the rich history behind some of literature’s most significant works... Aesthetically, Tolkien is a complete triumph.”
- Sebastien Ochoa Mendoza, UBC Players Club

"As Lewis, Ian Farthing is understated and persuasively human.”
- Colin Thomas, Fresh Sheet

"Ingram is brilliant as novelist and playwright Charles Williams, the most eccentric of the group.”
- John Jane, reviewvancouver

Thursday, May 17, 2018

suitcase stories | opening night

Today, we are wishing Happy Opening to Pacific Theatre artist and former apprentice Maki Yi as her one-woman show SUITCASE STORIES opens at the Evergreen Cultural Centre! The show found its wings in our lobby (and stage) and we are thrilled to see it fly away to the Tri-Cities.

With only her tiny suitcase in tow, Maki leaves her home in South Korea and takes off for Canada, simply because her brother had a map of Toronto. A cross-country tale of survival and self-discovery, this wonderful one-woman show is filled with all the winsome vulnerability and plucky humour of the originals.

May 17-19 at The Evergreen Cultural Centre

tolkien | theatre club

Following the Saturday matinee will be our final Theatre Club instalment for TOLKIEN! Join us for a conversation with Monika B. Hilder and Christopher S. Morrissey for a discussion of Lewis and Tolkien's work.

Christopher S. Morrissey teaches logic and philosophy at Trinity Western University and is Executive Advisor to the Inklings Institute of Canada. He studied Classics at the University of British Columbia, and at Simon Fraser University he wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on RenĂ© Girard. He is a managing editor of The American Journal of Semiotics. His books are Hesiod: Theogony / Works and Days (Talonbooks, 2012), and The Way of Logic (Nanjing Normal University Press, 2018).

Monika B. Hilder is Professor of English at Trinity Western University, where she teaches children’s and fantasy literature. She is co-founder and co-director of Inklings Institute of Canada, and the author of a three-volume study of C.S. Lewis and gender, including Surprised by the Feminine: A Rereading of C.S. Lewis and Gender.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

tolkien | photos

Some shots from TOLKIEN! All photos by Damon Calderwood, featuring Erla Faye Forsyth, Ian Farthing, and Simon Webb. Set Design by Drew Facey, Costumes by Christopher David Gauthier.

Monday, May 14, 2018

tolkien | casting change

We are sorry to announce that John Innes will no longer be playing the title role in TOLKIEN. John has been a part of this play from the very beginning, reading the role at all the workshops throughout its development. Unfortunately, due to health concerns, he is not able to complete the run of the show. We can assure all of John's fans that he will be okay, and simply needs time and rest.

Instead, playwright and director Ron Reed will be stepping in to read the part of Tolkien for the run. We wish Ron all the best as he steps into John's shoes, with complete faith in his skills as an actor and his ability to bring Tolkien to life.

tolkien | opening night

What an opening weekend! We had an incredible time bringing the story of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and the rest of the Inklings to the stage in TOLKIEN. Here are some shots from the opening night reception.

Friday, May 04, 2018


Want to help out Pacific Theatre, see some shows for free, and spend your evenings hanging out with some of Vancouver's finest actors? We are looking for volunteer stagehands for TOLKIEN! To sign up, please fill in this form.

We require volunteers to help manage scene transitions for each performance night. You would need to lift some small furniture or set pieces and make scene changes quickly and efficiently in low-light on stage.


-Able to lift and carry small furniture or set pieces (with a partner for heavier pieces)
-Able to move quickly and efficiently in low lighting on stage

-Four tickets to see Tolkien (for yourself or friends)
-If you assist more than 7 performances, a Sampler Pass to our 18-19 season
-If you assist more than 15 performances, an Everything Pass to our 18-19 season

Please expect to hear confirmation of your volunteer status and schedule by Monday.

Thank you!

tolkien | meet the crew

It takes a village to put on a play, and TOLKIEN is no exception! We are thrilled to have this incredible team of artists joining us in the creation of this beautiful show.

RON REED - Director

JEFF TYMOSCHUCK - Co-Sound Designer

PAIGE LOUTER - Assistant Director

CORINA AKESON - Co-Sound Designer

DREW FACEY - Set Designer

JESSICA HOOD - Production Designer


JORDAN WATKINS - Projection Designer

KATY ALCOCK - Assistant Stage Manager

JOHN WEBBER - Lighting Designer

JETHELO E. CABILETE - Stage Manager (not pictured)

Thursday, May 03, 2018

viper central | bez arts hub

Catch Christmas Presence regular and Old Time Gospel Radio Hour artist Kathleen Nisbet with her band Viper Central at the BEZ ARTS HUB tomorrow night. You've never heard bluegrass like this before!

Kathleen Nisbet can make music anywhere.


102-20230 64th Ave in Langley, BC.
More information here.

almost, maine | at the evergreen

It's a busy week here at PT as we get TOLKIEN off the ground and prepare to release the season brochure for our 18-19 season, but that's not all that's going on! ALMOST, MAINE is travelling over to the Evergreen Arts Centre!

Directed and produced by Kaitlin Williams. Stage Managed by Maria Zarillo. Featuring Brandon Bate, Peter Carlone, Kim Larson, Jalen Saip and Baraka Rahmani. With Set and Lighting Design by Lauchlin Johnson, Costumes by Amy McDougall and Sound Design by Jay Clift.

Almost, Maine
Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam
May8-12th, 8pm with a 3pm matinee on Sat 12th.
Tickets and all other info can be found here

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

tolkien | c.s. lewis at pt

This may be the first time we are telling a story from J.R.R. Tolkien's life and work on our stage, but it is far from the first time C.S. Lewis has been a part of our seasons! Here are some shots from past productions based on C.S. Lewis' life or writing.

An imagined meeting between C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud during WWII.

An imaginative retelling of C.S. Lewis' novella exploring hell.

Images from the past two iterations of Lewis' journey to the magical land of Narnia.

The story of C.S. Lewis and Joy Gresham's romance.