Maureen Hunter's play Atlantis, which played at the Belfry Theatre in Victoria and at the Canadian Stage Company in Toronto, gets another Canadian mounting, at the Vancouver Playhouse, Jan. 5-31.
In Atlantis, two people are consumed by unquenchable desire. Middle-aged Ben abandons all he knows to lose himself on the island of Santorini. There he meets Mircea, a Greek virgin and the island's personal saint. The two cast aside language to become lovers "unleashing a passion and hunger that outrages the tiny village. But heals their personal and spiritual wounds."
Atlantis premiered at the Manitoba Theatre Center, Feb. 1996. Other plays by author Maureen Hunter include Footprints On The Moon, Beautiful Lake Winnipeg and Transit Of Venus, which was staged by London's Royal Shakespeare Company, as well as at Canadian theatres.
Vancouver Playhosue Theatre Company artistic director Glynis Leyshon directs Atlantis, which stars Gina Wilkinson and Tom McBeath, and features an original score by John Mills-Cockell, settings and costumes by David Roberts, and lighting by Gerald King. Atlantis opens Jan. 8 and runs at the Vancouver Playhouse, 160 West 1st Ave., through Jan. 31. For tickets (C$28-$39.50) and information call (604) 873-3311.
-- By David Lefkowitz