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SEPTEMBER 2019 | Volume 183


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Escaped Alone
by Caryl Churchill
Western Gold Theatre
PAL Studio Theatre, 581 Cardero St.
Nov. 1-17
www.westerngoldtheatre.org or 604-363-5734

“Caryl Churchill’s magnificent new play unleashes an intricate, elliptical, acutely female view of the apocalypse. This is fantasy intricately wired into current politics. It is intimate and vast. Domestic and wild. ….In a back garden the four women chat. And unleash their secret selves in extraordinary monologues. The effect is revolutionary, like looking at a sexually reversed photo of world leaders. Instead of a crowd of men and Angela Merkel in a trouser suit, you see a host of women.” --
Susannah Clapp,The Guardian

Western Gold Theatre is thrilled to present a fresh Caryl Churchill script, written in her late 70s, and meant to be played by four women in their senior years. It also marks the formal handover of Western Gold into the hands of Tanja Dixon-Warren, Artistic Director. She chose this script because “it is about four ordinary women who, much like the rest of us, are dealing with their lives in quite an ordinary way until something huge shifts and disrupts the comfortable routine of the day-to-day. Charming, wry and very, very funny, it is unapologetically thoughtful and brave. It asks the big questions many of us are musing: what are we doing to our land? what have we left our children? how do we move forward?

“Caryl Churchill, one of the world’s premier playwrights, is still writing - and she is writing wonderful roles for women of a ‘certain age’. She writes beautiful, complex, poetic language which, when held on the tongues of those who know how to dance with words, is extraordinary.  Fabulous! “

Directed by Kathryn Bracht, with set by Glenn MacDonald, lighting by John Webber, and sound design by Stephen Bulat. Our four brave women are Eileen Barrett, Tanja Dixon-Warren, Jenn Griffin and Anna Hagan.

Escaped Alone runs November 1 - 17, Wednesday to Saturday at 7:30 pm, and Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm at PAL Studio Theatre, 581 Cardero, Vancouver.

Tickets at alone.BrownPaperTickets.com or 604-363-5734.




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