january 2018 | Volume 163
"Love is a kind of vocation that calls us to hard things."
How do we find hope in the face of loss?
Samuel Gentle, a minister-turned-groundskeeper, has heard God's voice three times in his life, but he has yet to find understanding or peace. He has also experience shattering loss. An Almost Holy Picture follows Gentle as he examines his own history in an intimate portrait of faith, doubt, and the moments that shake our lives.
Ron Reed, Artistic Director at Pacific Theatre, directed the play at Rosebud Theatre in the spring of 2017 and is excited to bring Gentle's story to a Vancouver stage. "The play is simple, but Samuel Gentle's heart is nuanced," says Reed. "It was a pleasure to work with David (Snider, who spends the entire play alone on stage) for hours at a time in the theatre to create a truly natural and genuine performance."
Gentle's world will be brought to life by lighting and set designer Anna Schroeder. A rustic garden shed functions as storage, shelter, and place of worship all in one, stocked with hand-jarred relishes and a rogue wheelbarrow. Outside, a garden path leads to a small plot of dirt and a bevy of greenery. As Samuel's story unfolds, so too does his exploration of the space around him.
An Almost Holy Picture speaks to hope in the face of tremendous sorrow, and to the dark earth that swallows up joy. "My aim as a director is to avoid acting wherever possible," says Reed, "and to instead tell stories that speak to the truth."
"Those fortunate enough to witness it won't soon forget it." – Variety
"Gorgeous, melancholy writing, shot through with fury and doubt." – The Washington Post
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