november 2018 | volume 173
REMEMBERING … DAVID PETERSEN
This Remembrance Day, in addition to honouring those who served and died for us, we remember actor David Petersen, sadly dead of cancer on Nov. 2. David worked extensively with Armstrong’s Caravan Farm Theatre and other Vancouver companies, but we knew him best as a pioneering member of Tamahnous Theatre in the 1970s, alongside artists like John Gray, Larry Lillo, Barbara Williams, Suzie Payne and Stevie Miller.
Jerry recalls: The show that first blew me away when I came to Vancouver in the early ‘70s was Tamahnous’ brilliant adaptation of Euripides’ The Bacchae, directed by John Gray at the Seymour St. Arts Club. I have vivid memories of David’s arrogant King Pentheus propositioning female audience members and going head to head with Larry Lillo’s Dionysius in an extraordinary tai chi ballet.
A celebration of David’s life will be held at the PAL Studio, 581 Cardero St., Nov. 25, time tba. Our deepest condolences to his partner Nicola Lipman and his entire family.
Continuing this week: Sweat at the Stanley, Ami Gladstone’s Three Winters at The Cultch, Tetsuro Shigematsu’s Empire of the Son at Richmond’s Gateway, Donna Spencer’s The Enemy at the Firehall, The Suppliant Women at Jericho Arts Centre, Busybody at Metro Theatre, and Aaron Bushkowsky’s Red Birds at PAL Studio.
Much Ado about Nothing at UBC’s Freddy Wood, Heritage at New West’s Douglas College, A Christmas Story: The Musical at Burnaby’s Michael J. Fox Theatre, Pride and Prejudice at the Abbotsford Arts Centre, and TheatreSports at Granville Island’s Improv Centre.
Opening Nov. 12-18: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at the Queen E and Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash at Deep Cove’s Shaw Theatre; MINE at Burnaby’s Shadbolt Centre and Med’Cine at North Van’s Presentation House; The How and the Why at Studio 1398 and Mortified at Langara’s Studio 58.
And more for Jane Austen fans: Sense and Sensibility at North Van’s Capilano Univ. and previews of the Arts Club’s Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at the Granville Island Stage.
Opening Nov. 19-25: Blind Date from the Arts Club at the BMO Centre, A Charlie Brown Holiday Double Bill from Carousel at the Waterfront, Hir from Pi Theatre at The Annex, and Doubt: A Parable from Seven Tyrants Theatre at the Tyrant Studios.
Go to vancouverplays.com/whats-on.shtml for previews and reviews, and look for our BUY TICKETS buttons to buy tickets. To see the busy lineup of plays through Xmas, visit vancouverplays.com/coming-soon.shtml.
Carousel Theatre for Young People hosts a family carolling event featuring holiday classics and sing-alongs with The Gingerbread Men, Saturday Dec. 8, 8 pm at the Waterfront Theatre. Carousel will be collecting for the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau so bring along a new-condition kids’ toy. Tickets $35/$18 at 604-685-6217 or https://tickets.carouseltheatre.ca/.
Realwheels Theatre presents Be Heard, an arts-based community workshop for adults who struggle with verbal communication. Dec. 4-13, afternoons, at the Roundhouse Community Centre. Free, but registration required. Details and registration at http://realwheels.ca/.
Theatre Replacement invites applications for its New Aesthetics Performance Intensive to be led by Jeanine Durning and Malik Gaines in July 2019. Applicants must have at least five years professional experience. Deadline: Feb. 15. Info and application at http://theatrereplacement.org/categories/newaesthetics/.
Ruby Slippers Theatre invites submissions for Advance Theatre Festival: 2019, staged readings of new plays by diverse women, to be part of next year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival. Playwrights: send play synopsis, brief bio, and a maximum 10-page script excerpt to email@example.com by Feb. 15. One submission per person. Successful candidates will be notified by May 30. Priority will be given to diversity. www.rubyslippers.ca
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