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february 2019 | Volume 176


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  Ian Butcher. Photo by David-Cooper.

by Meghan Gardiner
SpeakEasy Theatre
Gateway Theatre, Richmond
Mar. 14-23
www.gatewaytheatre.com or 604-270-1812

A Searing Examination of Retribution and Redemption

In a moment of global accountability, including the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, comes Gross Misconduct, a riveting take on the twinned experiences of revenge and redemption. 

Now in his early fifties, Deke has been in Millhaven Prison without a cellmate for the past twenty years. He is surprised and irritated when Corey, a twenty-something rich kid, joins him in his cell. With little in common, other than a shared passion for hockey, tensions emerge as the pair are forced to share a tiny space. 

As a complicated bond begins to form between these two unlikely cellmates, the ongoing threat of violence takes a new form when Corey begs Deke for protection inside the prison. The men are forced to re-evaluate how they see each other after the true nature of their respective crimes is revealed. Old patterns resurface and Deke is finally brought face-to-face with a decision that he made twenty years ago. 

Meghan Gardiner—beloved by Gateway audiences as a brilliant performer—shows she is an equally talented playwright in the world premiere of her provocative new drama.

Featuring: Scott Bellis, Ian Butcher, Mike Gill, and Sereana Malani

Director: Kayvon Khoshkam
Producer/Set Designer: Markian Tarasiuk 
Costume Designer/Stage Manager: Victoria Snashall
Lighting Designer: Jillian White

Preview: Thursday, March 14 @ 8pm / Opening: Friday, March 15 @ 8pm
Times: 8pm nightly (except Sunday and Monday)
Matinees: Saturday, March 16 & 23 @ 2pm / Tuesday, March 19 @ 1pm

Special Performances/Events:

Thursday, March 14 @ 8pm – Preview
Friday, March 15 – Opening Night & Post-Show Reception
Celebrate with the artists after the show with cake and refreshments!
Wednesday, March 20 & Friday, March 22, post-show – Afterplay
Share your thoughts and experience with fellow audience members during this facilitated, informal discussion.
Thursday, March 21, post-show – Talkback Thursday
Join us for an intimate conversation with the cast and/or creative team after the show.

About Gateway Theatre

Gateway Theatre enriches the quality of life in Richmond and surrounding communities by creating outstanding professional theatre and serving as a dynamic hub for the performing arts. Incorporated in 1982, Gateway is a vital member of the professional theatre scene in the Lower Mainland. Gateway's professional activity includes a six-show English-language Signature Series, the Pacific Festival of contemporary theatre in Chinese, and a play development program. We also provide theatre education and performance training classes for youth aged 6-18 via Gateway Theatre Academy. As a venue, Gateway Theatre provides a much-needed rental space for professional and community producers.

About SpeakEasy Theatre

SpeakEasy Theatre produces exciting, subversive theatre. Founded in 2015, SpeakEasy has become one of the fastest growing indie theatre companies in Vancouver. The company is committed to creating an environment where communities come together to celebrate and is driven to foster stories created by diverse artists who are immediate, honest and unforgiving. SpeakEasy recently received 5 Jessie nominations for its hit production of Young Jean Lee’s The Shipment, including a win for Best Actor (Omari Newton). SpeakEasy is also the producer of the wildly popular Pull Festival: Vancouver's annual 10-minute play festival. Pull has produced over 50 new plays since 2011 and continues to push the boundaries of the 10-minute format. With programming increasing each year, SpeakEasy has established itself as a theatre company to watch.



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