OMG – After the Quake!!
Vancouver, BC – Pi Theatre Productions is please to announce its 25th Anniversary Season of dynamic, provocative and entertaining theatre experiences, expanding how you view yourself and your place in the world. Pi Theatre kicks off the season with the Canadian premiere of after the quake, co-produced with Rumble Productions, November 19-December 5, 2009 at Studio 16. Then, Pi co-presents HIVE 3 with Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad, March 11-20, at the Centre for Digital Media.
Artistic Director Richard Wolfe says “I’m extremely pleased to welcome everyone to a monumental milestone in the history of our company. 2009-2010 marks 25 years of vibrant and vital performances driven by stellar playwrights. This 25th anniversary season celebrates the spirit of our times with relentless style and passion. Come join us for the party, all season long.”
From the novel after the quake by Haruki Murakami
Adapted for the stage by Frank Galati
Directed by Craig Hall and Richard Wolfe
Featuring Manami Hara | Alessandro Juliani | Kevan Ohtsji | Tetsuro Shigematsu | Leina Dueck
November 19-December 5 (opening November 20)
1545 West 7th Avenue, at Granville Street
Tickets from $15 on sale now at vancouvertix.com or call 604.629.VTIX (8849).
In 1995, a disastrous earthquake hit Kobe, Japan and the Tokyo subway was hit by deadly poison gas attacks. after the quake is based on bestselling author Haruki Murakami’s stories about life in the wake of disaster.
after the quake takes its audience on a journey where magic and realism collide, in an exploration of disrupted reality. Junpei is a timid writer who enchants Sayoko, the love of his life, by conjuring up stories to soothe the anguish of her young daughter Sala, a girl who is having nightmares of the Earthquake Man. A talking bear makes the very best honey pies, and Katagiri, a bank loans officer, struggles to distinguish between what is real and what is not when six-foot Frog asks for help to fight off giant Worm for the future of Tokyo. Together, these stories explore the emotional aftershocks of disaster, and offer a message of hope and healing.
“Murakami is a genius.” -Chicago Tribune
“An offbeat, whimsical tale of frustrated love, seismic activity, and a heroic, man-size frog.” -Joel Brown, boston.com
Lighting Design by Itai Erdal | Sound Design by Yota Kobayashi | Set Design by Yvan Morissette | Costume Design by Sheila White | Stage Management by David (DK) Kerr | Production Management by James Foy
after the quake is presented as a part of the See Seven independent subscription series.
National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre, Geist Magazine, and Biz Books are proud to be community partners for this production.
Pi Theatre co-presents HIVE 3 with Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad.
Pi is thrilled to be participating in this year’s rendition of what has quickly become a beloved Vancouver home grown initiative, HIVE 3. Created and produced by Pi Theatre, Boca del Lupo, Electric Company, Felix Culpa, Leaky Heaven Circus, neworldtheatre, The Only Animal, Radix, Rumble Productions, Theatre Replacement, Theatre Conspiracy and Victoria’s Theatre SKAM.
In one unique venue, twelve adventurous West Coast theatre companies perform 12 distinct performance pieces in continuous rotation. The audience experience is self-directed: choose when and where to see each site-specific show, then regroup for some theatrical social networking in the central lounge space. Past HIVE events have been wildly popular affairs with stimulating work on display, music, and dancing into the night. Pi’s piece will be directed by Richard Wolfe.
March 11–14 and March 17–20
The Centre for Digital Media
577 Great Northern Way
“The buzz was right — this is the hottest ticket in town…some absolutely dazzling little displays of theatrical innovations.” Peter Birnie, Vancouver Sun, review of HIVE2 2008
Tickets on sale now at vancouvertix.com or 604.629.VTIX (8849).
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Pi Theatre also invites you to attend our Open House and AGM. Thursday, October 15, 2009,5:30pm at Pi Theatre’s office in the Carousel Theatre building at 1411 Cartwright St. on Granville Island, Vancouver.
You can get or renew your membership at the door for $3.14. Membership benefits include invitations to Pi events, voting privileges at the AGM, and free tickets for the first week of our mainstage show this season to the first 20 members at the door! You can also get your membership here.
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Pi Theatre would like to acknowledge their appreciation of support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the British Columbia Arts Council, the Province of British Columbia, the City of Vancouver Office of Cultural Affairs, and The Georgia Straight.
Pi Theatre’s 25th Anniversary Season of deepening intercultural dialogue through theatre. Global Thinking. Local Acting.
Please consider making a donation to support Pi Theatre. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation.
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