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— Megan Leitch and Craig Erickson in the Arts Club Theatre Company’s production of Scar Tissue. Photo by David Cooper.

Adapted by Dennis Foon from Michael Ignatieff
Arts Club Theatre Company
Revue Stage, Granville Island
April 5-28
604-687-1644 or

By Dennis Foon
Based on the Booker Prize–nominated novel by Michael Ignatieff


April 5–April 28, 2012
at the Revue Stage
Media opening: Wednesday, April 11

The triumph of life over loss. When David’s mother is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, he resolves to unravel a mystery that has haunted him for years. Why did she, a gifted and successful painter, abandon her art so abruptly two decades ago? Was her decision related to her current condition? Is David destined to share her fate? With quiet humour and compassion, Scar Tissue meditates on the connection between family, memory, and identity. 

Dennis Foon’s stage adaptation of Michael Ignatieff’s novel Scar Tissue is one of the Arts Club’s Silver Commissions—a program launched by the company in 2006 with the generous support of Stan and Kathy Hamilton and, with the support of long-time donor Bonnie Mah, continues to commission new plays for the Arts Club’s stages. The most recent round of commissions includes John Mann and Mark Leiren-Young, both writing plays with music. To date, Silver Commissions produced by the Arts Club are Lucia Frangione (Paradise Garden), Hiro Kanagawa (The Patron Saint of Stanley Park), Electric Company Theatre (Tear the Curtain!), and upcoming, Henry and Alice: Into The Wild by Michele Riml.

Playwright, novelist, and screenwriter Dennis Foon’s work has received awards and accolades across the globe. Founding artistic director of Vancouver’s acclaimed Green Thumb Theatre, Foon has written over 20 award-winning plays and his novels include Double or Nothing and the Sheila A. Egoff Award–winning Skud. He has received a Gemini, two WGC Screenwriting Awards, and the Robert Wagner Award for his screenplays, which include Little Criminals and the international Emmy nominee White Lies. Life Above All, his screenplay directed by Oliver Schmitz, won the Prix Francois Chalais award at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. His feature film A Shine of Rainbows premiered at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival, played at over 30 international film festivals, and won 11 awards.

Michael Ignatieff is renowned as an academic, television personality, screenwriter, and novelist throughout Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. He served as the leader of the Canadian Liberal Party between late 2008 and 2011.

By Dennis Foon. Based on the novel by Michael Ignatieff. Starring Craig Erickson, Kelk Jeffery, Megan Leitch, Tom McBeath, Gabrielle Rose, Haig Sutherland. Director Craig Hall. Set Designer Yvan Morissette. Costume Designer Barbara Clayden. Lighting Designer John Webber. Projections David Cooper. Dramaturg Rachel Ditor. Stage Manager Louis-Marie Bournival. Apprentice Stage Manager Wren Handman.

Premiere of the Arts Club Theatre Company’s Scar Tissue at the Revue Stage (1601 Johnston Street) from April 5 to April 28, 2012 (MEDIA OPENING: April 11).

Monday at 8 pm, Tuesday at 7:30 pm, Wednesday–Saturday at 8 pm, and Wednesday & Saturday at 2 pm.

Tickets are $25 and $35, inclusive of taxes and fees. Call the Arts Club Box Office at 604.687.1644 or visit


The Arts Club Theatre Company, now in its 48th season, is the largest not-for-profit organization of its kind in Western Canada. It offers professional theatre at three venues—the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Granville Island Stage, and Revue Stage—as well as on tour throughout the province.