Vancouver's Pacific Theatre Announces Season

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Vancouver's Pacific Theatre has announced its 14th season. It will include three mainstage plays and and three guest productions.

Vancouver's Pacific Theatre has announced its 14th season. It will include three mainstage plays and and three guest productions.

The shows will feature Pacific Theatre's Repertory Company of Actors - Tim Dixon, Dirk Van Stalen, Erla Faye Forsyth and Ron Reed (all Jessie Richardson Award nominees) - as well as other audience favourites such as Francis Boyle, Pamela Raven and Lucia Frangione.

Season highlights include Arthur Miller's A View From The Bridge, from November 7 to 22. This Asian Canadian production of the contemporary classic is in honour of Canada's Year of Asia Pacific.

Also of particular interest is Baseball Mania by Ron Reed, Paul Johnson and Curt Cloninger, on May 21-23. The show is an All Star celebration of the stories, the characters, the music and the literature of this timeless game. Fresh from the Orlando Fringe Festival, this show features the writings of W.P. Kinsella, Garrison Keillor, Casey Stengel and other literary giants.

The season kicks off with Remnant, a Post-Apocalyptic Christmas show by Ron Reed, running from December 5 - 20. This evocation of light in the heart of darkness premiered at Pacific Theatre in 1989, and has gone on to win acclaim with subsequent production in Detroit and Edmonton. The world premiere of Navy Wife, by Jason Milligan, follows from January 30- February 14. The winner of Pacific Theatre's 1994 "Popular Demand" new play reading series, Navy Wife is set in the late 1950's and tells the story of Claire, a young woman who struggles to build a home while her husband, a Navy pilot, is stationed overseas. It's a story of commitment, new faith, and one woman's strength.

In March the creator of Pacific Theatre's smash hit The Foreigner is back with another wildly comic story. Larry Shue's comedy The Nerd, runs from March 13 -April 4. In it a war hero comes home after saving a soldier's life and wants to collect on the promise that,"as long as you are alive, you will have somebody on earth who will do anything for you." He turns out to be a bumbling oaf with no social sense, little intelligence and less tact. When he overstays his welcome, his host begins to seriously consider his own words: "As long as you are alive..."

In addition to The Ballgame and A View From the Bridge, one other guest production fills out the season: The English Suitcase Theatre's Production of Christopher Marlowe's Dr. Faustus runs its minimalist version of the classic with 3 actors on October 9-11.

For tickets call 604-731-5518.

--By Mira Friedlander
Canadian Correspondent

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