Pacific Theatre announces 2019-2020 season
For its 36th season, Pacific Theatre presents seven plays exploring the questions that power our internal worlds: how do we hold space and identity in a world suddenly transformed? What does it mean to protect a child? Where do we find dignity and freedom as we age? Can a cruel person truly change and be forgiven?
The season kicks off with Mother Of The Maid, a Canadian premiere examining the Joan of Arc story through the eyes of her mother, Isabelle. Isabelle Arc knows what her teenage daughter Joan needs: discipline, a loving husband, and to stop communing with God. As Joan hurtles toward her destiny as the Maid of Orleans, Isabelle must care for the extraordinary child who belongs, not just to her, but to all of France. Sep 13 to Oct 5.
In the explosive Best Of Enemies, Civil Rights activist Ann Atwater is fighting a pitched battle to protect her children. C.P. Ellis is the Exalted Cyclops of the local KKK chapter. When a Washington mediator arrives in Durham to institute nationally-mandated desegregation, Ann and C.P. are forced into an uneasy truce as they wrestle for control of the future. Based on true events. Feb 28 to Mar 21.
Gramma, a brand new play from Pacific Theatre favourite Maki Yi, exploring generational and cultural gulfs and the difficult work of bridging those gaps. Maki is excited to begin her new life in a Regina basement suite, but her elderly landlady seems determined to treat her as nothing more than a servant. Playwright and actor Maki Yi (Suitcase Stories) returns to Pacific Theatre with a poetic tale of human connectio,n even in darkness. Jan 17 to Feb 1.
Continuing its practice of working with both emerging and established producers, this coming season includes a guest production of Frankenstein (Oct 18 to Nov 2) from Wireless Wings Radio Ensemble, who previously brought It’s A Wonderful Life to the Pacific Theatre stage, and a staging of Love/Sick (Apr 3 to 25) from former apprentice, Jalen Saip.
Closing out the season is The Trip to Bountiful, Aging widow, Carrie Watts, longs to escape the confined Houston apartment she shares with her placid son and imperious daughter-in-law. Desperate to return to her childhood homestead in Bountiful, Texas before it’s too late, she steals away on a Greyhound bus to journey in search of freedom and home. May 15 to Jun 6.
“The plays this year are close to my heart,” says Artistic Director Ron Reed, who will be putting on Scrooge’s nightcap for A Christmas Carol, Nov 29 to Dec 21, and directing season closer, The Trip To Bountiful. “These are stories of people confronting the very core of what makes us human – the faith, the doubt, the joy and the pain of it. It’s everything we want theatre to do.”