Wednesday, August 23, 2017

2017-2018 | artwork spotlight | written on the heart and almost, maine

Next up in our series highlighting the stunning artwork created for our season by Emily Cooper: WRITTEN ON THE HEART and ALMOST, MAINE. Two stories that couldn't be more different!

WRITTEN ON THE HEART tells the story of the formation of the King James Bible. We wanted an image that was straightforward and still depicted the multi-layered story, including some bloody drama. It needed to be clear that it was historical, literary, and Biblical. Emily brought us a few options to begin with, including one of just the Bible with a spattering of blood on it. In the end, we opted for this image: a bit more complex, depicting some of the relationships in the story.

A thoroughly charming collection of love stories, ALMOST, MAINE's image needed to communicate love and a touch of whimsy on a cold winter night. Emily created a few versions of this image, and we were smitten! The winter setting, fun, romance, and little touch of silliness is perfect for this story.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

2017-2018 | artwork spotlight | the christians and the lonesome west

It's time for another Artwork Spotlight! Every season we work with fantastic local artist Emily Cooper to create artwork for our shows that is evocative and thoughtful. These complex images have a lot to them, so we like to share a bit of the backstory for how we came up with them. Today we'll dig into the artwork for THE CHRISTIANS and THE LONESOME WEST.

THE CHRISTIANS is about a conflict that arises in a church. While the disagreement in THE CHRISTIANS is about heaven and hell, the heart of the play is about the conversations that arise in the community as a result of this shift. We wanted the image to show both the heaven and hell dichotomy as well as the community conflict.

What Emily brought us was perfect - the chasm between people, and depicting them in black and white, shows that the sense of division, and yet they are still turned towards each other, in conversation. Have a look at the heaven and hell imagery for some beautiful detail work!

THE LONESOME WEST tells the story of two brothers who, to put it lightly, just can't get along. Their anger at each other and the world bursts out in a host of unhealthy and violent actions. Yet, the play is a comedy (a very dark comedy, but comedy nonetheless.)

The image Emily created for us does a beautiful job of showing the combativeness between the brothers, as well as their environment. Their home is rundown, full of trash, and a few items that become important in the story, such as the Catholic figures.

Monday, August 21, 2017

2017-2018 season | online ticket sales now available

We know what you've been desperately waiting for: single ticket sales to be available online. Now it's happened and you can buy to your heart's content! 

Visit us online at to buy individual tickets to any upcoming show.

If you'd rather talk to a person, our box office will fully open on Tuesday, Aug 29th at 12pm.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

2017-2018 season | mini-season cheat sheet

People love coming to Pacific Theatre shows for a whole host of reasons. Some people are looking for deep, meaningful discussions, others are hoping for a fun night out, or something in between. That's why we've put together some mini-series for you based on different things you might be looking for.

Looking for a great post-show conversation?

Our top recommendations that will really give you something to talk about on the way home include The Christians, The Lonesome West, Ruined, and Tolkien.

Want a fun date night?

Have a sweet night out with Almost, Maine, Christmas Presence, Sideshow, Bar Mitzvah Boy, and Tolkien.

Interested in uplifting stories?

Lift your heart with Almost, Maine, Christmas Presence, Sideshow, and Bar Mitzvah Boy.

Keen to dig into challenging fare?

If you attend theatre to experience something that challenges your views, try The Christians, The Lonesome West, Ruined, and An Almost Holy Picture.

Love to directly explore questions of faith?

While all our work reflects the spiritual side of life, you can get right into it with The Christians, An Almost Holy Picture, Bar Mitzvah Boy, and Tolkien.

Want to turn one of these mini-series into a subscription? We'll help you make it happen! Otherwise, single tickets will be available for sale online on Aug 21, and our box office opens Aug. 29th.

Monday, August 14, 2017

the christians in bc culture days!

Chances are pretty good if you are reading this that you've been to the theatre before, but there are a lot of people in BC who have never experienced live theatre! That's why we are so excited to partner with BC Culture Days and invite people to have their first theatre experience at PT.

Have your very first theatre experience with Pacific Theatre! We have reserved a limited number of tickets to our production of The Christians for BC Culture Days-goers who haven't yet experienced the beauty of live theatre.

The evening starts at 7pm with a pre-show chat and introduction to the theatre, and after the show you'll get to stick around and meet the cast!

It's a full immersion into the world of theatre, and it's FREE!

SPOTS ARE LIMITED. Please email to reserve. In your email please share with us something about why you have not yet been able to attend the theatre.

Note that tickets are only reserved once we email to confirm your booking.

See the event on BC Culture Days here.

Friday, August 11, 2017

2017-2018 season | staff picks | phil

Our Production Manager, Phil Miguel, weighs in with the three shows he is most excited to see next season.

I'm a fan of rough, dark plays with explorations into redemption. I'm also excited at what Cave Canem is going to bring.

I keep seeing bits of this show pop up and every time I'm delighted at how cute and yet deep this play gets. It'll be nice to see it all together.

Stories about innocence and the forging and breaking of relationships have always stuck with me in the most profound way. I'll be pondering this one for some time.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

announcing our new publicist and marketing assistant | julia lank

We are thrilled to announce that Julia Lank has taken the position of Publicist and Marketing Assistant with us! Welcome, Julia!

Julia is a graphic designer, stage manager, and improviser from East Vancouver. After receiving her Bachelor's degree from Capilano University, she spent several years working in film as an assistant director before being drawn into the world of live theatre. Her first stage management gig? Eleanor Felton's retelling of TAMING OF THE SHREW at Pacific Theatre.

Since then Vancouver theatre has been her world, most recently as the SM for CITY OF ANGELS at Performance Works. She is delighted to join the team at PT in an official capacity and help spread the word about the heartfelt, complex, and passionate work being done in this special space.

In her other life, Julia works as an improviser and teacher at Instant Theatre, where she performs with SHAKESPEARE AFTER DARK (spontaneous Shakespeare!) and HYPE: AN IMPROVISED HIP-HOPERA. She is the artistic director of Off Key Musical Improv and raps to herself while she waits for the bus.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

meet the apprentice | mariam barry

It's time to introduce our final apprentice to you! This team of emerging artists have completed their training in theatre and are ready to bridge into the professional world of theatre. While they are with us, they will run our box office and front of house, as well as create and produce their own work and get involved in our mainstage season. Last but not least, we have the third apprentice to introduce: Mariam Barry.

About Mariam: 

I was born in New York City into a family that holds an unparalleled love for travel; and so my parents' immense wanderlust gave my siblings and I the incomparable experience of a diverse childhood abroad. This, in turn, gave way to the multiplicity of landscapes and languages that shape my identity. I grew up internationally; in Germany, Norway, Switzerland and The Netherlands before packing up, yet again, four years ago to move to unceded Coast Salish territories in B.C., Canada, where I now live as a guest. In essence, this rich history of relocation makes me a textbook Third Culture Kid, which is to say, I am a person who has spent a significant part of my developmental years outside of my parent's passport country. The effect is that I habit a third culture which is a unique blend of the cultures of all my host countries and parental ones. This, coupled with my larger identity as a mixed race woman with a Norwegian mother and Gambian father, frames my intimate connection to stories of home, belonging, and diaspora.

What were you doing before the apprenticeship?

I'm so grateful to say that I have been immersed in the theatre community in Vancouver since I graduated from the BFA Acting program at UBC in May of 2016. Hence before the apprenticeship, I have been cultivating my craft by working full time as a theatre artist by performing in plays as an actor and creating new works with various ensembles through the year. My latest performances were being staged as part of Ensemble Theatre Company's 2017 Season where I played in A Prayer For Owen Meany by Simon Bent in repertory with In The Next Room by Sarah Ruhl.

Meanwhile, I was also working on The Cultch's latest Indigenous Youth Initiative called "UnSettled: A Journey of Our Homes on Native Land". This was one of the most profound pieces of theatre I have ever worked on. Part rehabilitation and part research, we plunged into creating content that explores what means to tell stories on Coast Salish territory through an ensemble composed mainly of Indigenous artists and artists of colour. It was a raw and empowering experience where we, as a collective, reclaimed our narratives through art.

For this, I thank our brilliant project facilitator, Kim Harvey, who is not only the Youth Coordinator at The Cultch but a compelling artist and advocate in her own right and an instrumental mentor to all of us.

What are your favourite shows that you’ve worked on so far?

I must say that "UnSettled" with Kim Harvery, "Eurydice" by Sarah Rhul as directed by Keltie Forsyth and "Arabian Nights" by Mary Zimmerman as directed by Evan Frayne are at the top of my list.

Yet with that being said, there is no doubt in my mind that "Ruined" by Lynn Nottage, which will be playing as part of Pacific Theatre's 2017-2018 season, is shaping up to be an incomparable experience. I can't wait to work on this show as an apprentice!

What is your non-theatrical specialty?

black girl magic + vegan recipes + the art of claiming space

What is the number one thing you are excited about doing during your apprenticeship?

I can't wait for all the learning that will take place (re: to keep on glowing & growing)! As I am absolutely floored by the abundance of opportunities that the apprenticeship provides as a means to deepen one's artistic practice. This is extremely exciting to me, as a theatre maker, in that I strive to attain a holistic skill set in my practice. Exposing myself to new areas of the theatre is both enriching and invaluable, which is why - believe it or not - I am very much looking forward to being mentored in grant writing.

What is your favourite thing about theatre? 

To me, the theatre is a sacred space: a rare setting where we intentionally gather as a community to witness wondrously imperfect people muddle their way through the universe. It is the oldest form of knowledge sharing. To take on the role a storyteller is to engage in an ancient oral tradition. It is how I honour my ancestors.

What would your top three categories in Trivial Pursuit be? (invented or real)

The collected works of August Wilson, the evolution of Beyoncé's rhythm & sound, and the wizarding world of Harry Potter.

If you received $1 million dollars that you couldn’t keep for yourself, what would you do with it?

This is an easy answer. I would build youth programs, community centres and state-of-the art hospitals in my family's village in The Gambia. I would also establish a federal scholarship fund for bright students who wish to pursue a post-secondary education.

In other words, I would give back to my ancestral community. With my passion project being the creation of our country's first national theatre; a safe space dedicated to reclaiming our vast histories and envisioning a bold future.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

SINGERS! Choir needed for The Christians, PT's season opener!

Lonnie Delisle (director of the Universal Gospel Choir) is looking for experienced singers for a small choir to be part of THE CHRISTIANS, the season opener at Pacific Theatre. It's a volunteer opportunity, but we'll treat you right! There's a particular need for men, but all interested singers should contact Lonnie at the email below. The more shows people can do, the better, but no singer is required at every performance. Ultimately we’ll likely have 2 or three groups once we figure out everyone’s availability.

a) email Lonnie at and indicate which of the 2 rehearsals you will attend
b) Fill out the DOODLE (here's the link) which has the 3 tech rehearsals and all performances – select ALL the dates for which you would be available.

Tracks will be provided for the songs to be learned.
There will be two rehearsals (only one is required but people can certainly come to both) at Canadian Memorial Church, 15th & Burrard
1. Tuesday September 5, 7:30pm – 9pm
2. Thursday September 7, 7:30 – 9pm

There will also be a couple rehearsals with the whole cast at the theatre during the week of September 5. Who will attend those is to be determined.

Tech Week: Monday Sept 11, Tues Sept 12, Wed Sept 13.
A choir for each date, some people will be at all tech rehearsals, others might not.

The run is Thurs Sept 14 – Sat October 7
Showtimes are Wed-Sat at 8pm with 2pm Sat matinees
(Total of 19 performances)

Rehearsal tracks will be sent so people can come to the rehearsals prepared.

Friday, August 04, 2017

2017-2018 season | staff picks | andrea

Our Director of Marketing and Publicity, Andrea Loewen, has a few shows she is most looking forward to next season.

This play is exactly the kind of thing I love PT for: smart, human, compelling questions about who we are, what we believe, and how we love each other.

I am almost at a loss for words when it comes to Ruined. The story is so necessary, so dark, so real, and has just enough hope to keep you going. I cannot WAIT to see it on stage.

Staged readings are one of my favourite things that we do! I love the opportunity to experience a play in a stripped-down way and really get into the words.

See the whole season here.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

2017-2018 season | staff picks | alison

Our General Manager Alison Chisholm is back! After a year away on maternity leave, we are so excited to have her with us once again. Here are the three shows she is most excited for next season.

I love the gritty writing of Martin McDonagh. Can't wait to see what the Cave Canem boys bring to this inaugural production.

This show is the perfect excuse for me to laugh, play, and let loose and somehow still call it work. I look forward to our annual SIDESHOW every year.

I can't wait to see Gina and Jay in this comedic and heartfelt gem of a show. Beautiful script! Stellar cast!

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

meet the apprentice | charissa hurt

We've got three new apprentices coming our way this season! This team of emerging artists have completed their training in theatre and are ready to bridge into the professional world of theatre. While they are with us, they will run our box office and front of house, as well as create and produce their own work and get involved in our mainstage season. Before that, though, we want you to get to know them. This is Charissa Hurt.

About Charissa

Charissa is thrilled to be joining the PT family as an apprentice! From Surrey, Charissa loves the ocean, cats, chocolate, and murder mysteries. She holds a BA in Theatre and English from Trinity Western University and an MA in Arts Management (specialization in Performing Arts Management) with a certificate in non-profit Management from the University of Oregon. Her favourite Literary periods include the Victorian and Romantic eras. Recently, Charissa has interned with Artslandia Vancouver, Pi Theatre, and Oregon Contemporary Theatre. As an administrative apprentice, Charissa is excited to further her interests in development and marketing. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Fugue Theatre.

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What were you doing before the apprenticeship?

Before the apprenticeship, I was in Eugene, Oregon completing my Master’s.

What are your favourite shows that you’ve worked on so far?

Please, Pass the Damsel Hand ( TWU [spaces] Literary Journal), The Escaper’s Song (SAMC Theatre at TWU/New Generations), and Fiddler on the Roof (SAMC Theatre at TWU).

What is your non-theatrical specialty?


What is the number one thing you are excited about doing during your apprenticeship?

Producing shows through Stone’s Throw!

What is your favourite thing about theatre?

The variety of people that you get to work with, and the fact that every day is exciting and different. There is never a dull moment.

What would your top three categories in Trivial Pursuit be? (invented or real)

Arts & Literature, History, and Disney.

If you received $1 million dollars that you couldn’t keep for yourself, what would you do with it?

Use it to help to establish an endowment fund for a non-profit organization.

Friday, July 28, 2017

2017-2017 season | staff picks | cara norrish

Every year, our staff share the three shows they are most excited about for the coming season, and it's that time again! Here are Operations Coordinator Cara Norrish's top three shows for the 2017-2018 season.

This script has completely inhabited my mind since I read it several months ago. The cast and crew are going to be fantastic. I cannot wait to see this!

I’m so excited to see PT do a romantic comedy for the first time ever. It’s a really charming script and I cannot wait to see what the wonderful and talented Kaitlin Williams will do with it.

I’m a big big fan of The Lord of the Rings series. I think I saw the second movie 10 times in Theatres. It is so excited to hear about the life of Tolkien and how this book came to be.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

audition for gallery 7 | abbotsford

Gallery 7 is our sister company out in Abbotsford and they are having auditions for their 2017-2018 season.

Peter and the Starcatcher

General Audition: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 @ 6:30 PM
Call Backs: Thursday, September 7, 2017 @ 7:00 PM

Doubt, A Parable

General Audition: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 @ 6:30 PM
Call Backs: Saturday, October 28, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

The Miracle Worker
Call Backs: Saturday, January 13, 2018 @ 10:00 AM
General Audition: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 @ 6:30 PM

The Mousetrap

General Audition: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 @ 6:30 PM
Call Backs: Saturday, March 10, 2018 @ 10:00 AM
Check out their audition page for details!
Read their Actor's Orientation Package for even more details!!

meet the apprentice | jalen saip

We've got three new apprentices coming our way this season! This team of emerging artists have completed their training in theatre and are ready to bridge into the professional world of theatre. While they are with us, they will run our box office and front of house, as well as create and produce their own work and get involved in our mainstage season. Before that, though, we want you to get to know them. First up is Jalen Saip.

About Jalen:

Jalen is an avid whistler. Her other passions include theatre, music, photography, improv comedy, softball and lounging. Jalen is married to a most wonderful gent who just happens to be a celebrated performer and sound designer in Vancouver… he can also whistle.

Although she hails from the sunny shores of Tsawwassen, BC, Jalen has lived in many different places and worked in many different roles. From Hope to Calgary, Estevan to Annecy (France), Jalen has worked in Assisted Living, Human Resources, Camp Programming/Leading, and, most enjoyably, as a Kindergarten TA.

It is with great joy that Jalen is able to turn her attention and efforts toward performance as an acting apprentice this coming year with Pacific Theatre.

What were you doing before the apprenticeship?

I worked for three years as a Kindergarten Teaching Assistant before deciding to go back to school, build my photography business and make a true effort to pursue theatre.

What are your favourite shows that you’ve worked on so far?

This past April I was privileged to be a part of THE WOLVES with Stone’s Throw Productions right here at Pacific Theatre. That was an incredible experience with an amazing production team and I can honestly say that it was the most complex scripts I’ve ever worked on.

I also have a soft spot in my heart for musical theatre and still reminisce about playing Adelaide in GUYS AND DOLLS and Eponine in LES MISERABLES back in high school (over a decade ago… eek).

What is your non-theatrical specialty?

Although theatrical in their own way, my non-theatrical specialties would be music and photography.

What is the number one thing you are excited about doing during your apprenticeship?

I’ve never been “behind-the-scenes” at a theatre. I don’t know if it’s the thing I’m most excited about or most apprehensive about, but I think that learning how to work a box office, run Front of House, hang lights, etc, will be a really great experience. (Although I’m pretty excited to be producing my own shows as well!)

What is your favourite thing about theatre?

I’m very interested in the human experience. Theatre is a way to look at different human experiences that I would potentially never know about or hear about. I love the stories that are told through theatre and that I have the opportunity to tell because of being involved in it. I believe that good stories force people to ask themselves big, and sometimes difficult, questions, and that’s important.

What would your top three categories in Trivial Pursuit be? (invented or real)

- Song lyrics
- Disney movie plot lines
- How to pick a perfect Watermelon…

If you received $1 million dollars that you couldn’t keep for yourself, what would you do with it?

I have a very large, very wonderful, slightly wacky, family. I would take all 19 of us on an adventure somewhere wonderful! Look out, world!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

the cake | bekah brunstetter

Pacific Theatre lives in a building that also houses an Anglican congregation - our landlords and friends at Holy Trinity Church. For a while there - in the midst of the civil wars that did so much damage to the Anglican community around Vancouver - PT staged a series of plays that sought to humanize people on all sides of the controversy. Mass Appeal, Prodigal Son, eventually Leave Of Absence. None of them propaganda for one viewpoint or the other; "you want to send a message, use Western Union." Just stories that live in the middle of Big Questions. It's been a while now, but we've kept our eyes open for more, including conversations with ZeeZee Theatre about a hoped-for someday co-production. Haven't yet read "The Cake," but it looks promising...

excerpted from
'This is Us’ to ‘The Cake,’ Bekah Brunstetter Has a Full Plate
by Robert Ito
New York Times, July 11, 2017
link to full article

LOS ANGELES — In “The Cake,” a baker, congenial and accommodating in just about every other respect, refuses to create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. Sound familiar? The play was inspired in part by a run of similar rebuffs across the country, by vendors who felt that it would compromise their religious beliefs to help commemorate such a union. In most cases, the bakers and spouses-to-be are strangers. But what if they weren’t? What if the baker were the best friend of the bride’s mom, a lifelong friend, practically kin?...

With “The Cake,” Bekah Brunstetter drew a lot from her own experiences growing up in Winston-Salem, N.C., alongside three brothers, all who served or are serving in the Marines, and attending a Southern Baptist church, which she said was all about love, “not the fire and brimstone kind.”

In the play, Jen (Shannon Lucio) returns to her hometown in North Carolina to marry Macy (Carolyn Ratteray), an African-American New Yorker who doesn’t eat gluten (and, hence, cakes) and doesn’t particularly care for the South. When Jen enlists Della (Debra Jo Rupp), who loves baking and Jen almost as much as she loves Jesus, to create her wedding cake, it nearly kills Della to say no.

“The Dellas of the world are wonderful, loving people,” Ms. Brunstetter said. “I want Jen and Macy to be full human beings, and I want us to root for their love. But there are lots of plays and movies about Jen and Macy. There really aren’t very many about Della.”

Ms. Ratteray agreed. “I’m queer and I’m black, so of course I side with Macy,” she said. “But you definitely feel for Della, and I think it’s because Bekah wrote her with such incredible humanity and heart.”...

“I’m fascinated by stories where somebody said this stupid thing, and then all of a sudden, we all hate them, they’re horrible people,” she said. “I always have sympathy for them, because I say stupid things all the time. I’m probably saying something stupid right now.”

The play was a way for Ms. Brunstetter to have a conversation with her parents about gay marriage without actually doing so. “I’ve tried to talk to them about why I support gay marriage and why I support my gay friends, and those conversations never really go anywhere,” she said. “I’m horrible at arguments. But when I’m writing a scene, I get to say what I wish I had said.”...

Jennifer Chambers, the director, who worked with Ms. Brunstetter on the play from its earliest days at the Playwrights Lab, knew that she had a strong drama from the start. “But I can’t tell you how many times we went, I wonder if this is still relevant?” she said. “Because it really did feel like, culturally, we were moving away from this. And then Trump became president, and the show has taken on a whole other tone.”

She’s also working on three new musicals. One is a piece with Karen O, the lead singer of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, called “Hearts Beat So Loud”; another is an R&B musical co-written by Cinco Paul (a writer of the “Despicable Me” series), about a young Mary Magdalene falling in love with a teenage Jesus. “I’ve actually already written a few plays about Jesus as a teenager,” she said, “so I had some material all ready to go.”...

Oh! So maybe Ms Brunstetter has more than one script we should take a look at...

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

july 12-15 | still the kettle sings

Our friends at Plan Z Theatre present, THE KETTLE SINGS, running on the PT stage from July 12th-15th! Come support the all female dream team in this brand new devised piece created and performed by many PT artists.

You’re sitting in your Mom’s kitchen, listening to her casually tell you over a cup of tea about something jaw dropping she once did. You are floored - you almost don’t believe her. You're still reeling from the first when you suddenly realise there could be more...

“Mom, tell me another story,”

In her words you are suddenly whisked away into a world that is somehow recognisable and somehow a dream, the lightness of childhood and the gravity of age juxtaposed. She transforms the ordinary to the extraordinary within each sentence. Then it hits you, you realise she herself is the adventure and her life the magnificent tapestry she weaves with her stories.

This is a brand new Canadian play devised from actual interviews with these extraordinary ordinary women. Featuring childbirth, corn chips, verbatim text, joy, fear, original music, and a whole lot of perseverance. Devised theatre at its finest and boldest.

Direction • Eleanor Felton
Assistant Direction • Shelby Bushell
Set Design • Sarah Mabberley
Lighting Design • Sophie Yufei Tang
Stage Management • Linnea Antos
Original Music • Mikaela Fuqua

Featuring • Jenna Gru, Jill Raymond, Shona Struthers, and Shelby Wyminga

Tickets $20 at
It runs July 12-15 at 8pm, no matinees
General Seating

"Storytelling is vital to the human experience! Stories allow us to see into another person's reality, entertain what it might be like to be in their shoes. I would venture to say that without stories, the world would be incredibly devoid of compassion and empathy. Story telling helps us understand where we may have come from, who we are, and who we aren't. It gives us the opportunity to consider how we may improve society/the world by inviting others in."| Jenna Grubaugh | Actor

"I think [the storytelling] comes in two parts, the sense that someone wants to listen, and the bravery to share. This show will provide a space for both: We will ask for stories, and we will become the voice to share it widely. I also hope it will inspire daughters and sons to actively ask their Mom or Grandma about their lives." | Eleanor Felton | Director

Monday, July 03, 2017

july 5-8 | problem child | lindsay curl

PROBLEM CHILD, by George F. Walker opens Wednesday, July 5th! Come out and support emerging artist and current apprentice Lindsay Curl on the PT stage. For tickets visit

R.J. and Denise, two dysfunctional parents from the wrong side of the tracks, are trying to get their baby out of the system and back in their arms. But… they have to get around Helen, the by-the-book social worker who isn’t budging. With the help of Phillie, the drunken motel employee, how far will Denise and R.J. go to reunite their family?

Determination, delusion, and dark comedy. Stone's Throw Productions launches full speed ahead into the absurdist Problem Child, by one of Canada's most prolific playwrights, George F. Walker.

ADVISORY: Strong language

Directed by Alex Kirkpatrick
Featuring Lindsay Curl, Tim Howe, Jalen Saip and Conor Stinson O’Gorman
Stage Management by Charissa Hurt
Sound and Lighting Design by Theo Bell
Costume Design by Lindsay Curl
Set Design by Alex Kirkpatrick
Marketing and Communications by Amanda Millar

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

june 28-july 1 | danny and the deep blue sea | paige louter

DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA by John Patrick Shanley, opens tomorrow at 8:00 pm! Come out and support current apprentice, Paige Louter on her final project. For tickets visit our website at or call our box office at 604.731.5518. See you tomorrow night!

Battered, bruised, and desperate for connection, Danny and Roberta collide in a grimy bar in the Bronx. As they battle their pasts and each other, they must decide if they dare to lower their defenses and risk truly being seen. From the playwright of Doubt and Outside Mullingar, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea is a violent, funny, and intimate portrait of two broken people fumbling toward hope.

John Patrick Shanley is a New York-based American playwright, screenwriter, and director. His work has garnered him the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, a Tony Award, and an Academy Award, among many other honours. Shanley has written more than 23 plays which are produced around the world. Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, his second play, premiered in 1983.

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea is subtitled “An Apache Dance”, which is a violent dance for two, originating in Paris. The dance is a grueling ordeal in which the woman pursues the man and is subjected to increasingly violent rejections. Danny turns this dynamic on its head- Danny and Roberta trade blows and swap the roles of pursuer and pursued. Shanley dedicated this play “to everyone in the Bronx who punched or kissed me, and to everyone whom I punched or kissed.”

Directed by Kenton Klaassen
Featuring Paige Louter and Joel Butler
Stage Management, Lighting and Props Design by Phil Miguel
Sound Design by Shona Strutters
Set and costume design by Paige Louter

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

june 21-24 | between the sheets | danielle klaudt

BETWEEN THE SHEETS by Jordi Mand, opens tonight at 8pm on the PT stage! Come out an support current apprentice, Danielle Klaudt and PT artist, Kerri Norris as they bring this story to life. Call our box office or visit our website at to book in your tickets. See you tonight!

What begins as an ordinary parent teacher interview unravels into a gripping and raw confrontation between two women on the brink of disaster. One woman is fighting to protect her family. The other is fighting for the family she always wanted. A roller coaster ride about love, betrayal, and right versus wrong.

ADVISORY: Sexual content, mature language.

“A stunning new play from a gifted playwright.” – The Slotkin Letter

Directed by Laura McLean. Featuring Danielle Klaudt and Kerri Norris.

Friday, June 16, 2017

pt's guide to the jessies 2017

The Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards ceremony is just over a week away! Many PT artists were nominated for their outstanding work in productions around town. As always, here is your PT-friendly guide to the Jessies! Congratulations, everyone! Your PT family is cheering you on!

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role
Katharine Venour, WIT, Pacific Theatre
Past Pacific Theatre productions: WIT (2016), MEASURE FOR MEASURE (2014)

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Craig Erickson, ANGELS IN AMERICA: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES, The Arts Club Theatre Company
Past Pacific Theatre productions: LEAVE OF ABSENCE (2013)

Andrew McNee, ROMEO AND JULIET, Bard on the Beach
Past Pacific Theatre productions: THE SEAFARER (2014), JESUS HOPPED THE A TRAIN (2011)

Outstanding Lighting Design
Itai Erdal, MOONLODGE Urban Ink
Past Pacific Theatre productions: JESUS HOPPED THE A TRAIN (2011), GODSPELL (2010)

John Webber, PERICLES, Bard on the Beach
Past Pacific Theatre productions: (Lighting Design) HOLY MO! A CHRISTMAS SHOW! (2016), FREUD’S LAST SESSION (2015) (Set Design) WIT (2016)

Outstanding Set Design
Drew Facey, BROTHEL #9, Touchstone Theatre
Past Pacific Theatre productions: VALLEY SONG (2017), THE WHIPPING MAN (2015)

Pam Johnson, BAKERSFIELD MIST, The Arts Club Theatre Company
Past Pacific Theatre productions: (Costume Design) COMMUNION (2013)

Lauchlin Johnston, THE FLICK, The Arts Club Theatre Company
Past Pacific Theatre productions: (Lighting Design) OUTSIDE MULLINGAR (2017), WIT (2016), THE WHIPPING MAN (2015)

Outstanding Costume Design
Carmen Alatorre, PERICLES, Bard on the Beach
Past Pacific Theatre productions: GODSPELL (2010)

Sound Design or Original Composition
Steve Charles, MOONLODGE, Urban Ink

Steve Charles, OTHELLO, Bard on the Beach
Past Pacific Theatre productions: (Musician) OLD TIME GOSPEL (2014)

Outstanding Direction
Katrina Dunn, BROTHEL #9, Touchstone Theatre
Past Pacific Theatre productions: PRODIGAL SON (2006)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

eastside story guild is hiring!

Our friends at The Eastside Story Guild are hiring two positions for September 2017! They are currently looking for one or two fabulous people to join their team. Check out their website for more information.

stone's throw productions | 3 for $30

Looking for some summer evening fun? Why not check out the Stone's Throw Productions shows coming up on our PT stage? Better yet, come see all three shows for only $30! Check out our Stone's Throw Productions page on the PT website for more information, or call our box office at 604.731.5518 from 12-4 pm to book your tickets today!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

2016-2017 season retrospective

The final performance of OUTSIDE MULLINGAR marked the closing of our 2016-2017 MainStage season! We've had a fabulous year with all of you and look forward to seeing you again for our 2017-2018 season. Here are some highlights from this past season.

by Cara Norrish

Photos featuring: Carl Kennedy, Andrew Wheeler, Corina Akeson, Chad Ellis, and Evelyn Chew 

by Maki Yi

Photos featuring: Maki Yi

by Lucia Frangione

Photos featuring: Lucia Frangione, Anita Wittenberg, Jess Amy Shead


Photos featuring: Spencer Capier, Garth Bowen, Corey Janz, Jon Ochsendorf, John Voth, Nelson Boschman, Becca Birkner, Rick Calhoun, Zack Pick, and Carolyn Arends

by David Mann

Photos featuring: Nicola Lipman, Stefania Indelicato, Colleen Winton, Christina Wells Campbell, Kaitlin Williams, Elizabeth Kirkland, Corina Akeson, Michelle Martin, Evelyn Chew, Paige Louter, Danielle Klauwt, Lindsay Curl


Photos featuring: Lindsay Curl, Danielle Klaudt, Cara Cunningham, Paige Louter, Frank Nickel, and Phil R. Miguel

by Athol Fugard

Photos featuring: David Adams and Sereana Malani


Photos featuring: Tom Pickett, Mark Bender, Ron Reed, Nelson Boschman, Rick Colhoun, and Jon Ochsendorf

by John Patrick Shanley

Photos featuring: Ron Reed, Rebecca deBoer, John Emmet Tracy, and Erla Faye Forsyth