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.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

tolkien | meet the cast

It's time to meet the cast of TOLKIEN! This group of incredibly talented actors have all been involved in our seasons one way or another in the past, and we couldn't be more excited to have them together in this epic story of friendship, imagination, and faith.

Ian Farthing - C.S. Lewis - Ian is one of our Artist Advisors and also directed BAR MITZVAH BOY for us this season, but hasn't taken our stage as an actor for about 12 years. Welcome back!

John Innes - J.R.R. Tolkien - The last time John was on our stage was in the Jessie Award-winning play THE SEAFARER.

Erla Faye Forsyth - Edith Tolkien - Erla has been performing with us for almost as long as we can remember, and we wouldn't have it any other way! Last you saw her would have been in OUTSIDE MULLINGAR, and she won a Jessie for her role in HOW TO WRITE A NEW BOOK FOR THE BIBLE.

Tim Dixon - Warnie - Playing C.S. Lewis' brother Warnie, Tim was last on stage with John Innes in THE SEAFARER.

Anthony F. Ingram - Charles Williams - Most recently Anthony has been directing shows with us, including A GOOD WAY OUT and THE WHIPPING MAN, but he has been one of our core actors for years!

Simon Webb - Hugo Dyson - While Simon has performed on our stage, in the Honest Fishmongers' guest production of MEASURE FOR MEASURE, this is his first time in a Pacific Theatre production!

Monday, April 30, 2018

tolkien | advance photos

We had a wonderful time on the photoshoot for TOLKIEN! The woods in Pacific Spirit Park were the perfect place to dream about Middle Earth and Narnia. Thanks to Emily Cooper for the wonderful shots, and to Ian Farthing and John Innes (our Lewis and Tolkien) for going on a little adventure with us.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

tolkien | theatre that matters

Here is actor John Innes, our J.R.R. Tolkien, on the play TOLKIEN and why it matters to him.

Monday, April 23, 2018

tolkien | first rehearsal

It's the beginning of the end -- this morning was the first rehearsal for the final show of our season! Professional theatre is always planned pretty far in advance, but it would be no exaggeration to say that this play has been a long time coming. We are so excited to finally begin TOLKIEN by Ron Reed.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

sideshow | performer spotlight | alison chisholm

Last up in our SIDESHOW performer spotlight, is our Executive Director (and SIDESHOW regular) Alison Chisholm. Don't forget, all week we also have Jalen Saip's apprentice production of LOVE/SICK playing at 7:30pm! See both on the weekend for only $20 with the promo code DOUBLEBILL.

Describe improv in three words:

Fun, bird impressions.

What is your favourite improv memory?

Being 15 and performing on the Yuk Yuks stage as if I belonged there. The audience seemed to agree.

What's your current obsession?

Weird Al’s Hamilton Polka. It is one of the best things ever!

Who should be an improvisor, but isn't?

All of my brothers.

If improv were a food, what would it be?

TACOS!!!! Because I love tacos.

Where else do you perform:

Not many places these days. Mostly just at home for my toddler. She’s a great audience.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

sideshow | performer spotlight | jeff cooper

Up next in our SIDESHOW performer spotlight, is Jeff Cooper! (And don't forget, starting tonight we also have Jalen Saip's apprentice production of LOVE/SICK playing at 7:30pm. See both on the weekend for only $20 with the promo code DOUBLEBILL.)

Describe improv in three words:

Characters, discovery, support.

What is your favourite improv memory?

Being endowed as Hugh Grant in my first-ever stage performance.

What's your current obsession?

Improv podcasts.

Who should be an improvisor, but isn't?

My 7 year old niece.

If improv were a food, what would it be?

Some kind of college dorm recipe using leftovers.

Where else do you perform:

Vancouver Theatre Sports, random Fictionals events and other stages.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

sideshow | performer spotlight | brad rossington

Up next in our SIDESHOW performer spotlight, is none other than our esteemed host Brad Rossington. We are excited to have him join us for SIDESHOW on Friday and Saturday! (And don't forget, all week we also have Jalen Saip's apprentice production of LOVE/SICK playing at 7:30pm. See both on the weekend for only $20 with the promo code DOUBLEBILL.)

Describe improv in three words:

Kind, Quirky, Crazy.

What is your favourite improv memory?

An impromptu scene with an audience member while we supposed to be playing another game.

What's your current obsession?

Editing vacation videos...seriously.

Who should be an improvisor, but isn't?

My dentist; so she’ll stop asking me about while her hands are in my mouth.

If improv were a food, what would it be?

Buffet, (too obvious?). Milk that is dated today.

Where else do you perform:

Vancouver Theatre Sports, The Fictionals, and one-offs with my peeps Graham and Russ.