SEPTEMBER 2019 | Volume 183


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The Shipment
by Young Jean Lee
SpeakEasy Theatre
Presentation House Theatre, North Vancouver
Oct. 8-12
$18-$30 or 604-990-3474

Presentation House Theatre Launches 2019/20 Season with Provocative Comedy to Shake the “Woke”

SpeakEasy Theatre’s The Shipment is biting satire at its very best.

Presentation House Theatre (PHT) proudly launches its 2019/20 season with the critically acclaimed production of The Shipment (SpeakEasy Theatre), October 8 – 12.

Biting satire at its very best, The Shipment is a subversive modern minstrel show about Black identity meant to wake the world to the ridiculous narratives in dominant media. Five Black actors play a roster of characters that reads like a bad b-list of Black iconography: Video Ho, Crackhead John, Bad Cop, Stand-up Comedian, Drug Dealer Mama, Grandma from Heaven, and Record Company Executive, to name just a few. The brazen mash-up of these stereotypes with clichés, distortions, and brilliant sleights of hand all force audiences to go beyond the lampoon and shift the lens through which they perceive race in order to confront their own bias.

SpeakEasy Theatre Artistic Director Kayvon Khoshkam says, “The play does not judge, nor does it preach, rather it invites us in to share and listen. The Shipment is raw, challenging, and incredibly funny which is a perfect fit for the style of experience we have established for the company and our audiences.”

Unwavering in its commitment to intergenerational theatre, PHT continues the 2019/20 season with Tomson Highway’s The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito (Carousel Players, Ontario), an indigenous play for young audiences about acceptance and belonging.

Other upcoming shows include Jake's Gift (Juno Productions) the poignant remembrance of the legacy of veteransthe beloved wild rumpus of Where the Wild Things Are (Presentation House Theatre); God’s Lake (Castlereigh Theatre Project), a vivid original work of verbatim documentary theatre about the strength and resilience of the people in the remote fly-in reserve of God’s Lake Narrows, Manitoba. Germany’s Hands and Feet (Theatre Wrede) joyfully invites the littlest theatre newcomers into the magical realm of sound, movement and imagination. The season ends with the delightful House of Pooh Corner (Carousel Theatre with Presentation House Theatre), a celebration of friendship at every age. 

Tickets are on sale now at 604-990-3474 or online at More information and show details can be found at

This year PHT introduces its “Work at Play Residency Series”, showcasing innovative new creations by artists in its residency program. In addition to its curated season, PHT is also home to many independent new works, emerging artists, community programs and performances. Details and updates are always available at


  • Presentation House Theatre

Ticket Prices:**

  • $18.00 - $30.00 - Mature Perspectives Series
  • $12.50 - $22.00 - KidsPlay Series | Work at Play Residency Series
  • Special group rates available when purchasing 10 or more tickets.

** PHT offers three ticket prices for patrons to choose from. Feeling abundant? Opt to pay full price. Times are lean? Choose our discounted price. Or go for the Goldilocks “just right” in the middle. Patrons know their circumstances better than anyone.


  • Presentation House Theatre, 333 Chesterfield Avenue, North Vancouver, V7M 3G9

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