Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

Pacific Theatre Announces 2021-22 Season

The season includes four plays, an expanded return of Christmas Presence, and three nights of concerts from local performers.

Pacific Theatre Announces 2021-22 Season

For its 39th season, Pacific Theatre returns to in-theatre performance with a two-part slate featuring existential comedies, challenging dramas, and live music. The season includes four plays, an expanded return of Christmas Presence, and three nights of concerts from local performers.

The slate marks artistic director Kaitlin Williams' first full year of programming, following the retirement of founding artistic director Ron Reed in April 2020. "We are welcoming you back home with plays that feel like pure Pacific Theatre," said Williams. "The season offers something for everyone, contemporary drama, comedy, lots of music, and plenty of stage magic. Above all, these pieces are marked by what has made Pacific Theatre endure for almost four decades - good stories, well-told that provoke and delight."

The season begins with Will Eno's dreamy one-act Wakey, Wakey, a timely exploration of mortality and memory that's also a surprisingly good time. Music At PT features performers from Nadleh Whut'en musician and storyteller Cheryl Bear to beatboxing string trio Infinitus. And after a remote celebration in 2020, family favourite Christmas Presence welcomes audiences back into the theatre for a homey mix of stories and songs.

2022 brings Love/Sick (originally slated for spring 2020), John Cariani's sweet and acerbic ensemble-driven look at romance from guest producer Jalen Saip and director Jamie King. How The World Began - Catherine Trieschmann's nuanced exploration of educational ethics, faith, and how we disagree set in a rural schoolhouse - plays in March. And the season closes with Pulitzer-winner Katori Hall's The Mountaintop, an intimate fantasia that imagines Dr. Martin Luther King's final night in the Lorraine Motel, directed by Omari Newton. Said Newton: "As a black artist I am especially drawn to work that speaks truthfully to the lived experiences of marginalized people. The Mountaintop examines the life of civil rights icon in surprising, controversial, and empathetic fashion. I aim to delve into King's humanity, warts and all, to better understand what may have driven this champion of equal rights in his last days."

Executive director, Jennifer Milley: "As a still-new artistic team, we are profoundly grateful to be announcing the return of a full season. Thanks to public support of our sector, and our ever-faithful audience, we look forward in hopeful anticipation to being together once again." After a year of innovative digital presentations and outdoor shows, the return to the alley stage is a homecoming for staff and audiences alike.

"Due to the intimate nature of the Pacific Theatre space, staff, volunteers and artists have committed to being fully vaccinated; and PT requests that all ticket-holders be likewise," said Milley. A full policy, including exceptions, is available at pacifictheatre.org. The company will continue the sliding-scale accessible ticketing model implemented in 2020, with seats available for as little as $10 for those with financial barriers.

Tickets for the first half of the season are available now. The second half of the season, featuring Love/Sick, How The World Began, and The Mountaintop will be released in late fall.




More Hot Stories For You


The Vancouver Art Gallery Presents GUUD SAN GLANS ROBERT DAVIDSON: A LINE THAT BENDS BUT DOES NOT BREAKThe Vancouver Art Gallery Presents GUUD SAN GLANS ROBERT DAVIDSON: A LINE THAT BENDS BUT DOES NOT BREAK
November 25, 2022

The Vancouver Art Gallery presents Guud san glans Robert Davidson: A Line That Bends But Does Not Break from November 26, 2022 to April 16, 2023, an exhibition of Robert Davidson's renowned prints and paintings spanning his decades-long career.

Cast Announced for ANNE OF GREEN GABLES - THE MUSICAL At Gateway TheatreCast Announced for ANNE OF GREEN GABLES - THE MUSICAL At Gateway Theatre
November 23, 2022

Gateway Theatre has announced the full cast of Anne of Green Gables - The Musical coming this December 15 to 31.

Artists Announced for PuSh International Performing Arts Festival 2023Artists Announced for PuSh International Performing Arts Festival 2023
November 23, 2022

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (PuSh) will present its 19th annual edition from January 19 to February 5, 2023 at various venues across the Lower Mainland and select programming online.

The Firehall Presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL, December 14-24The Firehall Presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL, December 14-24
November 21, 2022

The Firehall Arts Centre celebrates the holiday season with its presentation of A Christmas Carol from Wednesday, December 14 to Saturday, December 24, 2022.

Vancouver Opera Prepares For Giving Tuesday To Expand Education Program And Announces New Board MembersVancouver Opera Prepares For Giving Tuesday To Expand Education Program And Announces New Board Members
November 21, 2022

Vancouver Opera is participating in Giving Tuesday on November 29, 2022. This special day harnesses the power of social media to raise funds for important causes across the spectrum; this year, Vancouver Opera will use funds raised to support its education programs.