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Pacific Theatre's 30th Anniversary Season Announced

Pacific Theatre has announced its 30th anniversary season! To celebrate three decades producing theatre, Pacific Theatre is offering a jam-packed season celebrating the past with revivals of some of the company's most iconic work and embracing the present with thought-provoking, entertaining work new to Vancouver audiences.

The season is bookended with revivals, starting with Larry Shue's The Foreigner, a beloved comedy that has been requested by Pacific Theatre audiences again and again since its last production in 2001. Capping off the season is the play that quite literally saved Pacific Theatre in 2003: Espresso by Lucia Frangione.

Pacific Theatre will continue its unique model of supporting and collaborating with emerging and established companies through guest productions, this season with Ruby Slippers Theatre and talented young director Kevin Bennett's Honest Fishmongers.

MAINSTAGE SERIES

THE FOREIGNER by Larry Shue Sept 20-Oct 12
Charlie is visiting from England, painfully shy and very much in need of rest. His friend has the perfect solution - he leaves him at a rural fishing lodge, telling his hosts that Charlie is from an exotic foreign land and speaks no English. All is well until Charlie overhears more than he should.

COMMUNION by Daniel MacIvor Oct 31-Nov 10
a guest production by Ruby Slippers Theatre
Lida is a recovering alcoholic whose daughter burns down abortion clinics. When her therapist does the unthinkable and offers concrete advice, Lida acts on it - and all three women find their convictions are on a collision course with their all-too-human need for certainty and connection.

CHRISTMAS PRESENCE Dec 11-22
Pacific Theatre's favourite holiday tradition is taking its place on the mainstage. An all-you-can-eat feast of music and stories for the holidays.

MEASURE FOR MEASURE by William Shakespeare Jan 17-Feb 8
a guest production by Honest Fishmongers
When Vienna's ruthless morality laws are revived by temporary ruler Angelo, a young nun is left with an impossible choice: her soul or her brother's life. A surprisingly contemporary tale of scandal, abuse of power, and the balance of justice with grace.

THE SEAFARER by Conor McPherson Mar 7-29
On a dark and stormy Dublin night, four old friends gather for their annual ritual of cards and demon rum. But as the evening progresses, things take a sinister turn and they find themselves playing for more than just a few quid. Sparkling and suspenseful, this chilling pitch-black comedy takes us on a long night's journey into day.

ESPRESSO by Lucia Frangione May 16-June 14
Three fiery women - Vito's estranged daughter, his pit-bull of a second wife, and the family's wrinkled matriarch - find humour and grace in the aftermath of a violent car crash that threatens to take from them the one man they all love. "The espresso - she's life. Quick, black, bitter in the mouth. Don't expect sweet."

THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR'S SERIES

THE TOP TEN THOUSAND OF ALL TIME by Ron Reed Nov 20-23
A solitary late-night disc jockey counts down his ten thousand favourite tunes in a quirky, evocative piece that's as much about the work and calling of the artist as it is about The Allman Brothers, Portishead, W.H. Auden and the Toronto Blue Jays. Written when the future of Pacific Theatre was uncertain, the show has been performed from San Franciso to Houston, Toronto to Galiano Island - but never on the PT mainstage.

SIDESHOW Feb 21-22
Hold onto your hats for another round of improv and sketch comedy with the PT crew. A family-friendly favourite

OLD TIME GOSPEL RADIO HOUR Apr 9-12
Pacific Theatre brings back the magic of live radio and the glory of good gospel music as Vancouver's bluegrass favourites Viper Central joins Ron Reed in an onstage celebration that will lift your heart and revive your soul. In the style of Prairie Home Companion and the spirit of Tent Meeting and Cotton Patch Gospel, a true celebration of the essence of Pacific Theatre. Turn your radio on

About Pacific Theatre

Pacific Theatre is a mid-sized professional theatre company in Vancouver. In operation since 1984, Pacific Theatre moved into its current home at 12th and Hemlock in 1994 and is now one of the only companies in Vancouver to produce a full season of theatre in its own space. Set apart from with its unique, "fly on the wall", 128-seat alley-style theatre, Pacific Theatre offers professional mainstage programming as well as development opportunities for emerging artists.


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