Shelter From The Storm will close Touchstone Theatre’s 2012/13 season. The latest Flying Start project, Shelter provocatively explores Canadians’ changing relationship to Americans escaping war in our country. Already an award-winning play, Shelter is sure to turn heads for both its content and the strong voice of local young playwright Peter Boychuk.
Rick was one of thousands of young men who sought refuge in Canada to escape the Vietnam draft. When he takes in a traumatized young American soldier, Rick begins to understand how much our country has changed in forty years. Set in Tofino, BC, Shelter from the Storm is a play about love and loss that questions our notions of courage and cowardice.
Directed by Katrina Dunn, the design team includes Pam Johnson on set, Adrian Muir on lights, Jeff McMahon on sound and Farnaz Khaki-Sadiq on costumes. Touchstone’s 2011/12 Season explores the role of both the dissident and the provocateur in society. Shelter adds one final unflinching discussion to the season’s investigation, and has recently won second prize in the 2011 Uprising National Playwriting Competition.
[Lindsay Winch, Kyle Jespersen, Peter Hall]
Flying Start is one of Touchstone’s programs in association with Playwrights Theatre Centre and the Firehall Arts Centre. The program provides a stage to new playwrights who have yet to be professionally produced. The selected play is developed over a period of two years, culminating in a small scale, fully professional showcase production. The playwright receives a $6,000 stipend, funded by the Vancouver Foundation, to support their writing work.
Shelter From The Storm
Dates: June 1 to 9, 8 pm; June 2, 3, and 9, 2 pm; Wednesday, June 6, 1 pm
Venue: Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
Post-show Talkback: Tuesday, June 5, 8 pm
Free Preview: Thursday, May 31, 8 pm
Tickets: Available both online and via phoning 604.689.0926
About the Playwright
Peter Boychuk recently completed an M.F.A. in Playwriting at the University of Victoria under the tutelage of Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Joan MacLeod. His one-act plays include Afterglow, Fortunate Son, winning a Stanley Mills Purchase Prize, Honourable Mention in the Canadian National Playwriting Competition, and Best of the Fest at ACToberfest 2007; and Chainmail Bikini, which premiered at the Calgary Fringe Festival. Boychuk works across BC as a freelance director and dramaturg.
All photos courtesy of Pink Monkey Studios.