Friday, February 23, 2018

an almost holy picture | photos

Here are some photos from AN ALMOST HOLY PICTURE - bonus points to anyone who can think of a good joke about posting pictures for the show about a picture that's not-quite-holy!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

two gargoyles | an almost holy picture | pacific theatre

I am sleepwalking again.
There is evidence of mischief everywhere.

Pictures fallen from the walls.
Shoes removed from closets and lined up on windowsills.
Nine tomatoes piled in the upper rack of the dishwasher.
A bloody left knee.

One morning
Washing up
I lean over the sink.
In the mirror
I see my face.
Somehow, in the night
I've shaved off my eyebrows.

The Bishop finds me
Outside the cathedral
High on a balcony
Perched, knees drawn up
Sitting between two gargoyles

The Bishop calls to me,
"Samuel. Samuel," he says,
"Would you like a blanket?"

At 49
I've returned to the practice of my youth.
I, Samuel Gentle,
By day, groundskeeper
For The Church of the Holy Comforter.
By night, somnambulist.


An Almost Holy Picture
by Heather McDonald
Feb 21 - Mar 3, Pacific Theatre

Sunday, February 18, 2018

'57 thunderbird | an almost holy picture | pacific theatre

While Ariel and Miriam sleep, I wander down to the gas station where Mr. Martinez and I sit in a gleaming white '57 Thunderbird he's been restoring, and we drink coffee and smoke.

There is another realm, that which is beyond, and we long to be at home in that realm. Occasionally, that realm breaks through. One of the places I have felt that realm has been in Mr. Martinez' '57 Thunderbird.

One winter I'd had to return to the Cape in January. There had been a terrible storm and I'd come to repair the roof on my summer house. Mr. Martinez had bought the gas station and moved to Truro with his seven year old son in late September, so we hadn't yet met. The first time I saw him, there was a light snow falling. He stood behind the station, eyes closed, and now and then he ran his hand over his smooth brown head that shone in the moonlight. He must've been standing there awhile because the snow had drifted up around his boots. He looked to be floating. I coughed and asked if I could borrow a hammer. He said he had three and that I could choose. Then he ran his hand over his smooth head again and said, "The most delightful advantage of being bald -- one can hear snowflakes."

An Almost Holy Picture
by Heather McDonald
Feb 21 - Mar 3, Pacific Theatre

Friday, February 16, 2018

ruined | closing early

NOTICE: The remaining performances of RUINED have been cancelled due to a medical situation that has arisen. For more information, please read the statement below by Executive Director Alison Chisholm:

It is with much regret that we have had to close the run of RUINED early. A medical situation came up within the cast, and while the cast member in question is not in any life threatening situation, it is important that they be offered the time and space to get well. For this reason, a decision between cast, crew, Dark Glass Theatre and Pacific Theatre to close RUINED early would be best for this delicate and intricate production.

I want to express my deepest gratitude to our cast and crew for their dedication and passion in presenting Lynn Nottage’s beautiful and challenging work. The time and talent invested in this production has been humbling and inspirational. I applaud Dark Glass Theatre for their courage in producing this production and allowing Vancouver audiences the opportunity to experience this script.

I also want to thank the patrons, donors, sponsors, volunteers, and general supporters of Pacific Theatre for your love and compassion as we have navigated changes to our performance schedule. Your commitment and grace is motivating and I cannot express my appreciation enough.

Anyone who had any tickets reserved to this closing weekend is being issued a full refund and offered complimentary tickets to any future production at Pacific Theatre. We at Pacific Theatre do our very best to come to all our decisions with great thoughtfulness, care, and compassion. We thank you all for your understanding and grace as we close this show with heavy and loving hearts.

- Alison Chisholm
Executive Director | Pacific Theatre

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

ruined | more show photos

Here's a final batch of photos from RUINED! This powerful story comes to and end on Feb 17th - hope you can make it out.