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The Pacific Theatre is proud to announce yet another season of theatre that matters for its 2012-2013 season. As arts organizations are hunkering down to avoid a storm, the Pacific Theatre is honoured to offer a full and varied season, full of work that ranges from the joyful to the tragic, all exploring the spiritual aspects of the human experience, many of which have never been seen by Canadian audiences.

The Pacific Theatre’s model of supporting core emerging artists has always extended to include guest producers during the season. Now more than ever it’s become essential to offer a season that is not only financially viable, but one that includes a variety of voices and perspectives necessary to create great theatre.

The Pacific Theatre will bring brand new company Compassionate Bone Theatre, run by core artists Angela Konrad (director, Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, Grace), former apprentice and winner of the Sam Payne Award for Most Promising Newcomer Evan Frayne, and Lois Dawson, with their production of Mother Teresa is Dead by Helen Edmundson.

Also featured this season is Leave of Absence, a new play by local dynamo Lucia Frangione. Pacific Theatre’s first apprentice, Frangione has been a part of the Pacific Theatre family since the start of her career. Many of her plays were developed and later premiered on the Pacific Theatre stage. Pacific Theatre is proud to be partnering with Gay Vancouver, QMUNITY, and Dignity for community outreach on this production.

The Spitfire Grill
September 21 to October 27
Music and lyrics by James Valq; book and lyrics by Fred Alley
A guest production by Kerry van der Griend and Damon Calderwood
A young woman leaves prison, only to learn that a second chance isn’t easy to come by. From the beloved film comes a powerful, uplifting musical about starting over.

October 31 to November 10
By David Davalos
Dr. Faustus, Hamlet, and Martin Luther walk into a bar…and the rest is history. Sort of. A staged reading in the tradition of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

Kaitlin Williams and Joel Stephanson
[Kaitlin Williams, Joel Stephanson in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Photo by Ron Reed.]

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
December 5 to 15
Adapted from the novel by C.S. Lewis
Pacific Theatre’s signature take on this C.S. Lewis classic is back. The production will tour to the Kay Meek Centre, Presentation House, and the Evergreen Cultural Centre.

Leave of Absence/World Premiere
January 25 to February 16, 2013
By Lucia Frangione      
One girl’s coming of age results in a terrible crime in this searing drama of bigotry and transcendence in a small prairie town. A complex look at sexuality, violence, religion, and a community’s responsibility to its youth.

Mother Teresa is Dead/Canadian Premiere
March 1 to 23, 2013
by Helen Edmundson
A guest production by Compassionate Bone Theatre
A mother moves to India to save the children of the world, but in doing so she abandons her own child in London.

How to Write a New Book For the Bible/Canadian Premiere
April 26 to May 25, 2013
By Bill Cain
A son chronicles his aging mother’s peculiarities with a flawed devotion in this heartfelt and hilarious production.

Side Show
November 22 to 23, 2013
Fringe Festival superstars Peter ‘n Chris will be back to perform their 2012 show, then join Pacific Theatre’s improv gang for some theatre sports.

Christmas Presence
December 9 to 22, 2013
Readings, music, and an all you can eat Christmas feast. Touring to the North Shore and Abbotsford, this show is a popular sell out each year.

Funny Stuff!
April 3 to 6, 2013
A crazy collage of comedy – scenes, monologues, songs and dances by apprentices, staff, and a few of your favourite emerging artists. The crazy second cousin of I Was Meant for the Stage.

Always committed to keeping great theatre accessible, Pacific Theatre has one of the best-valued subscription packages in town with prices as low as $65 for four shows. Subscriptions are now on sale, and can be purchased by phone (604.731.5518) or by downloading the online subscription form and mailing it in.

Pacific Theatre is a mid-sized professional theatre company in Vancouver. In operation since 1984, Pacific Theatre moved into its current home at 12th and Hemlock Streets in 1994. It is now one of the only companies in Vancouver to produce a full season of theatre in its own space. Set apart from with its unique “fly on the wall” 128 seat alley style theatre, the Pacific offers professional mainstage programming as well as development opportunities for emerging artists.

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