• Production image

THEATRE PREVIEW

september 2018 | Volume 171

 

Production image

  Megan Leitch and Kamyar Pazandeh. Set design by David Roberts, costume design by Jenifer Darbellay, and lighting design by Kyla Gardiner. Photo by David Cooper.

THE PIANO TEACHER
by Dorothy Dittrich
Arts Club Theatre Company On Tour  
Oct. 4–Nov. 6
www.artsclub.com  

Following a critically acclaimed run in the spring of 2017, The Piano Teacher returns as part of the Arts Club on Tour’s 2018–2019 season. Written by Vancouver playwright Dorothy DittrichThe Piano Teacher was developed through the Arts Club’s Silver Commissions Project. It is the 11th work produced since the new play development program was established in 2006.

The Piano Teacher follows Erin (Megan Leitch), a concert pianist who hasn’t touched a piano since her husband died. As Elaine (Caitriona Murphy), a piano teacher, gently reacquaints Erin with her instrument, other life changes follow. A simple update to Erin’s home, for instance, brings the unexpected companionship of a contractor, Tom (Kamyar Pazandeh).

About this second production, Dittrich said, “It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to come back to the play after time away. Now we have this beautiful opportunity to return to the story, to explore and try things that time and distance have allowed us to ruminate on, wonder about, and sometimes discover after the fact. Speaking for myself, I will have a chance to revisit certain moments in the writing, to rework and refine. What I also find exciting and beautiful is that the team gets to return together to do the same play from a new place.”

While all the actors from the original production return for the tour, Rachel Ditor and Scott Bellis will co-direct the touring production. Ditor said, “I have been a fan of Dorothy’s storytelling for many years. She has such insight about the role of music in our lives and its miraculous ability to change us. I’m thrilled we get to share this original work with more people. No one left this play unmoved.  And with the original cast returning, and the addition of Scott Bellis as co-director, I know we’ll do justice to Yvette Nolan’s premiere production that deeply affected so many people.”

The premiere production in 2017 won the Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Original Script.

STARRING
Megan Leitch (Erin), Caitriona Murphy (Elaine), and Kamyar Pazandeh (Tom)

CREATIVE TEAM
Scott Bellis (Co-director), Jenifer Darbellay (Costume Designer), Rachel Ditor (Co-director & Dramaturg), Sandra Drag (Stage Manager), Kyla Gardiner (Original Lighting Designer), Becca Jorgensen (Apprentice Stage Manager), Yvette Nolan (Original Director), Patrick Pennefather (Sound Designer), David Roberts (Set Designer), Ted Roberts (Tour Lighting Designer)

TOUR DATES

Venue 

Date

NORTH VANCOUVER
The BlueShore at Cap
604.990.7810

October 4, 2018

WEST VANCOUVER
Kay Meek Arts Centre
604.981.6335

October 5 & 6, 2018

SURREY
Surrey Arts Centre
604.501.5566

October 10–20, 2018

MISSION
Clarke Theatre
604.629.8849

October 21, 2018

COQUITLAM
Evergreen Cultural Centre
604.927.6555

October 23–27, 2018

NEW WESTMINSTER
Anvil Centre
604.521.5050

October 30, 2018

CHILLIWACK
Chilliwack Cultural Centre
604.391.SHOW (7469)

November 1, 2018

MAPLE RIDGE
The ACT Arts Centre
604.476.2787

November 2, 2018

BURNABY
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
604.205.3000

November 3 & 4, 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 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.

#ACTCPianoTeacher

 

 

 

 

get in touch with vancouverplays:

Vancouverplays: Vancouver's arts and culture website providing theatre news, previews and reviews

vancouverplays

Vancouver's arts and culture website providing theatre news, previews and reviews

 

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR MAILING LIST: OVER 1 MILLION VISITORS: