Opening Jan. 9 at the Vancouver Playhouse is the Western Canadian premiere of 2000, Joan McLeod's modern fable about a professional couple with romance trouble, a heart-broken logger, and a 97-year-old grandmother who waits for a sign from deceased Chief Dan George. Patrick McDonald directs the drama, which plays to Feb. 1.
Vancouver native MacLeod is a poet and playwright and winner of a Governor General's Award for Amigo's Blue Guitar. Her other plays include Little Sister and Jewel.
MacLeod has said she was inspired to write 2000 when she read a true story about a cougar walking onto a Vancouver hockey rink. "I was intrigued by the notion of the wild invading the city and the city invading wild...by the idea of things not being quite right in nature and the approaching millennium."
Starring in 2000 are Michael Hogan and Susan Hogan (married in real life), Leslie Jones, Margaret Barton and William MacDonald. Sets and costumes are by Ken MacDonald, lighting by Alan Brodie, sound by Ian Tamblyn.
For tickets and information on The Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company's 2000, which begins previews Jan. 6, call (604) 872 6622. --By David Lefkowitz