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The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis (adapted by George Drance & The Magis Theatre)

By Pacific.Theatre on September 2, 2010 - 12:40pm

May 20 2011 - 9:00pm
Jun 18 2011 - 10:00pm

Hell resembles nothing so much as a dreary industrial city in the north of England, its denizens free to leave whenever they like – aboard a bus bound for a heaven that's like nothing you've ever imagined. A theologically daz- zling journey studded with memorable characters, mind-spinning dialogue and images of human folly and sublime hope that will forever change the way you see eternity.

Director: Scott D. Campbell.
Cast: Phillip Miguel, Evan Frayne, Moriah Ophardt, Bria Crouch.

Narnia for adults! Beatific, bright-clad, incorruptible spirits are pitted against flawed, monochromatic ghosts. It's not a fair fight. [ Seattle Weekly ]
Challenges not only the ear and the brain but the heart and the soul. [ Seattle Post-Intelligencer ]

An Emerging Artist Showcase.

Side Show Comedy Improv

By Pacific.Theatre on September 2, 2010 - 12:35pm

Apr 29 2011 - 9:00pm
Apr 30 2011 - 10:00pm

Pacific Theatre is proud to present Side Show, comedy improv with a dash of chaos. Good clean fun for the whole family with our zany friends from around the city. Let the games begin!

Jake's Gift by Julia Mackey

By Pacific.Theatre on September 2, 2010 - 12:31pm

Apr 6 2011 - 9:00pm
Apr 16 2011 - 10:00pm

When a crusty, down-on-his-luck WW2 veteran reluctantly makes the trip to Juno Beach to honour his brother Chester, his encounter with a precocious ten-year-old challenges the old soldier to confront some long-ignored ghosts. Born at Pacific Theatre in 2002, Jake has spent the past three years playing to standing ovations all across Canada – and now he's coming home! The most charming, heart-warming, and laugh-out-loud-funny one-woman-shows you'll ever see.

Written and performed by Julia Mackey.
Directed by Dirk Van Stralen

The most theatrically pure show I have ever seen. A stunning performance. [ CBC ]
I never did nothin’ special,' grunts Jake during an overdue visit to his brother’s grave. Mackey’s gift of remembrance is a powerful rebuttal. Don’t miss it. [ Winnipeg Free Press ]
Best Drama, Best Solo Show, Best Female Performer: [ Victoria Fringe ]
Best of Fest: [ Edmonton Fringe Festival ] [ Winnipeg Fringe Festival ]

A Juno Beach production.

Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train by Stephen Adly Guirgis

By Pacific.Theatre on September 2, 2010 - 12:28pm

Mar 11 2011 - 9:00pm
Apr 2 2011 - 9:00pm

Rikers Island. Two men sit in solitary confinement, 23 hours a day. Lucius Jenkins is a serial killer who awaits execution, Angel Cruz stands accused of a murder he doesn't believe was a crime. One has found God, the other needs to find himself. Visceral, gritty, harrowing – an uncompromising drama about contradiction, contrition and hypocrisy by the author of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.

Director: Angela Konrad.

Fire-breathing. A probing, intense portrait of lives behind bars, it has the courage of its intellectual restlessness. Written in flame. [ New York Times ]
Ventures into the terra incognita of contemporary theatre – theatrical and intellectual waters for which others lack the temerity or strength to tread. Layered with humor and passion. [ Curtain Up ]

My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potock (adapted by Aaron Posner)

By Pacific.Theatre on September 2, 2010 - 12:25pm

Jan 28 2011 - 8:00pm
Feb 26 2011 - 10:00pm

When a young Jewish prodigy paints The Brooklyn Crucifixions, the reaction of his Orthodox community forces a terrible decision – between family and vocation, between his love for God and his desperate need to make art. A poignant coming of age story, as intimate as a family dinner and as vast as a young man's dreams. Heartbreaking, triumphant.

Director: Morris Ertman.
Featuring: Katharine Venour and Gio Macibob.

A truly beautiful theatrical experience. Ninety fast-moving minutes that sparkle with life. [Talkin' Broadway]
A marvelous evening of theatre: intimate, sincere, magical. [ Philadelphia City Paper ]

Christmas on the Air by Lucia Frangione

By Pacific.Theatre on September 2, 2010 - 12:19pm

Dec 10 2010 - 9:00pm

Journey back to the days when radio was king, as Yolanda and Percival B. Frank present their annual Christmas show before a live studio audience. On-air magic and off-stage romance combine for a show as comfy as a cup of mulled cider and a plate of sugar cookies. Comedy, music and good cheer from the author of Cariboo Magi, Chickens, Holy Mo and Espresso.

Cast: Damon Calderwood, Seana-Lee Wood, Lalainia Lindbjerg, Tracy Neff, and Ben Elliott.

Frangione's merry little Christmas show overflows with the warmest sentiments of the holiday season. A family-friendly, nostalgic romp. [ Canoe.ca ]

A guest production by Midnight Theatre Collective.

Playland by Athol Fugard

By Pacific.Theatre on September 2, 2010 - 12:17pm

Nov 5 2010 - 9:00pm
Nov 27 2010 - 10:00pm

New Years Eve, 1989. Two South Africans, a black security guard and a white soldier, meet at a travelling amusement park. A powerful exploration of guilt and damnation, truth and reconciliation in post-apartheid South Africa. From the author of Master Harold... and the Boys.

Director: Anthony F. Ingram.
Cast: Tom Pickett, Michael Kopsa.

Cathartic. Soul-cleansing. [ British Theatre Guide ]
Intense and eloquent. [ Los Angeles Times ]

Strong Language

The Busy World is Hushed by Keith Bunin

By Pacific.Theatre on September 2, 2010 - 12:11pm

Sep 24 2010 - 8:00pm
Oct 16 2010 - 10:00pm

When a widowed Episcopal minister hires an agnostic gay man as her scholarly assistant she may have found the missing link in an estranged relationship with her wayward son. Mixing sexual politics with spiritual contradictions, her motivations are called into question when secrets from the past begin to surface. A powerful exploration of faith and fear, The Busy World is Hushed probes the passions and distortions of religion, relationships, and the human heart.

Director: Richard Wolfe.
Cast: Gina Chiarelli, Sebastian Kroon, Adam Bergquist.

Five Stars...Searching, perceptive and absorbing...
[ Time Out New York ]
Hearts and souls are tangled and torn, God is abused and praised, and the audience is left in a state of contemplation. [ Theatredogs ]

Adult content

A guest production by one2theatre.

Stitch (an Urban Vessel production)

By VNMS on April 6, 2010 - 2:06pm

May 1 2010 - 8:00pm
May 1 2010 - 9:30pm

@ EDAM (303 E. 8th Ave)

Music by Juliet Palmer | Text by Anna Chatterton
Performed by Christine Duncan, Patricia O’Callaghan & Neema Bickersteth

From the abuse of the sweatshop to the fantasy of costume and the empowerment of sewing-it-yourself, the sewing machine has been a force for exploitation and liberation since its invention in the 19th century. Anchored in the sounds and rhythms of sewing, Stitch uncovers the emotional layers of the relationship between woman and barely-tamed machine. The performance will also feature a companion piece created specially by community members to accompany the Vancouver presentation of Stitch.

“A rogue brace of creative spirits cuts through the couture and sweeps us straight into a sewing sweatshop in Stitch. Billed as ‘an a cappella opera for three women and three sewing machines,’ it crosses so many genres as to be in a category of its own… Imagine an opera presented outside a theatre, without a stage or orchestra. It doesn’t seem like opera at all – until you realise how much a librettist, composer and three vocalists can accomplish with the simplest of means. That’s an art.”
—Toronto Star

Tickets $20 regular, $15 student/senior available from Tickets Tonight (ticketstonight.ca/604.684.2787, surcharges apply) and at the door

Stitch (an Urban Vessel production)

By VNMS on April 6, 2010 - 2:05pm

May 1 2010 - 4:00pm
May 1 2010 - 5:30pm

@ EDAM (303 E. 8th Ave)

Music by Juliet Palmer | Text by Anna Chatterton
Performed by Christine Duncan, Patricia O’Callaghan & Neema Bickersteth

From the abuse of the sweatshop to the fantasy of costume and the empowerment of sewing-it-yourself, the sewing machine has been a force for exploitation and liberation since its invention in the 19th century. Anchored in the sounds and rhythms of sewing, Stitch uncovers the emotional layers of the relationship between woman and barely-tamed machine. The performance will also feature a companion piece created specially by community members to accompany the Vancouver presentation of Stitch.

“A rogue brace of creative spirits cuts through the couture and sweeps us straight into a sewing sweatshop in Stitch. Billed as ‘an a cappella opera for three women and three sewing machines,’ it crosses so many genres as to be in a category of its own… Imagine an opera presented outside a theatre, without a stage or orchestra. It doesn’t seem like opera at all – until you realise how much a librettist, composer and three vocalists can accomplish with the simplest of means. That’s an art.”
—Toronto Star

Tickets $20 regular, $15 student/senior available from Tickets Tonight (ticketstonight.ca/604.684.2787, surcharges apply) and at the door

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