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THEATRE PREVIEW

december 2017 | Volume 162

 

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  Andrew McNee and Lucia Frangione. Set design by Lauchlin Johnston and costume design by Stephanie Kong. Photo by David Cooper.

MISERY
by William Goldman
Based on the novel by Stephen King
Arts Club on Tour
Jan. 5-Feb. 8
www.artsclub.com
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Bound to keep theatregoers on the edge of their seats, Misery follows successful romance novelist Paul Sheldon (Andrew McNee), who is rescued from a car crash by his “number one fan,” Annie Wilkes (Lucia Frangione). While Annie nurses him back to health, Paul soon realizes that he is not her guest, but her captive. Angered that he has killed off her favourite character, Annie forces Paul to resurrect Misery in a new book—and Paul soon finds himself writing for his freedom…and his life.

The stage adaptation of Stephen King’s thriller is by two-time Academy Award winner William Goldman, who penned the 1990 screen version of the book. His most well-known screenplays—spanning a 50-year career in Hollywood—include Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay), The Stepford WivesAll the President’s Men (Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay), Dolores Claiborne, and Absolute Power. In addition to Misery, his works for the theatre include Blood, Sweat, and Stanley Poole and A Family Affair, both written with his brother, James Goldman.

On bringing this genre to the stage, Artistic Managing Director Bill Millerd says, “Misery is a show we’ve all been looking forward to for some time. Staging a thriller by the master of the genre is a rare opportunity and we’re excited to bring something quite different with this show. Director Rachel Ditor has given our longtime Properties Master Michael Gall and his team the chance to really show off their talent for special effects.”

Ditor adds, “Casting such warm and fearless performers as Lucia Frangione and Andrew McNee adds some humanity to this classic thriller. In them we have people to root for and identify with in a way that makes the most of experiencing this story live.”

Starring Lucia Frangione (Annie Wilkes), Andrew McNee (Paul Sheldon), and Munish Sharma (Buster)

Director Rachel Ditor Set Designer Lauchlin Johnston Costume Designer Stephanie Kong Lighting Designer Andrew Pye Original Music & Sound Designer Murray Price Stage Manager Rick Rinder Apprentice Stage Manager Shelby Bushell

Venue and Contact Info

Date

WEST VANCOUVER
Kay Meek Centre
604.981.6335

Jan 5 & 6, 2018

NEW WESTMINSTER
Anvil Centre
604.521.5050

Jan 7, 2018

NORTH VANCOUVER
The BlueShore at Cap
604.990.7810

Jan 9, 2018

SURREY
Surrey Arts Centre
604.501.5566

Jan 10–20, 2018

COQUITLAM
Evergreen Cultural Centre
604.927.6555

Jan 23–27, 2018

VERNON
Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre
250.549.SHOW (7469)

Jan 30, 2018

BURNABY
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
604.205.3000

Feb 3 & 4, 2018

CHILLIWACK
Chilliwack Cultural Centre
604.391.SHOW (7469)

Feb 6, 2018

MISSION
Clarke Theatre
1.877.299.1644

Feb 7, 2018

MAPLE RIDGE
The ACT Arts Centre
604.476.2787

Feb 8, 2018

 

ABOUT THE ARTS CLUB

The Arts Club Theatre Company, founded in 1964, is Canada’s largest not-for-profit urban theatre company. Led by Artistic Managing Director Bill Millerd, Incoming Artistic Director Ashlie Corcoran, and Executive Director Peter Cathie White, it offers professional theatre at three venues—the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Granville Island Stage, and the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre—as well as on tour throughout the province.

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