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May 17 — Jun. 9
Remnants (A Fable)
by Jason Sherman
Pacific Theatre and Trinity Western University Theatre Department are proud to announce an epic co-production of REMNANTS (A FABLE), a brilliant Canadian adaptation of the Old Testament story of Joseph and his brothers. REMNANTS (A FABLE) is by Jason Sherman, one of Canada’s leading playwrights, who received the Governor General’s Award for Drama (and was nominated three other times) and the Chalmers Canadian Play Award (twice, along with three other nominations).
Boasting a cast of twelve, under the direction of Ron Reed (A BRIGHT PARTICULAR STAR, A WRINKLE IN TIME), this refreshingly direct variation of an ancient tale traces a young man’s journey from a Polish shtetl to the work camps of depression-era Canada. Rising to become an advisor to Prime Minister Mackenzie King, Joseph is sent to turn back a boatload of European Jews – only to discover his brothers among the refugees.
The transposition to a modern era and to different countries (Poland for Israel, Canada for Egypt) lays bare the perpetual problems of anti-Semitism and xenophobia, destructive in multiple nations across history, and from which Canada is not exempt.
These themes are presented by an ensemble cast of emerging artists, including Pacific Theatre’s apprentices, Tina Teeninga, Elizabeth Pennington, and Kirsty Provan, and visually interpreted in scenery and lighting design by Stancil Campbell, who is arriving from the American University in Cairo to be part of the design team. Stancil Campbell has designed major theatre productions in the U.S., Canada, Scotland, Ghana, and Egypt. Costume design is by Jessie Award winning Nicole Bach (FARNDALE…CHRISTMAS CAROL, CARIBOO MAGI), sound design by Clinton Lindsay, and stage management by Lois Dawson.
“Cleanly, piercingly written, with funny lines that are more than funny. Moving and extremely clever.” —Robert Cushman, National Post
“Joseph and his brothers have returned—with no technicolor dreamcoat. Four stars!” —Stewart Brown, Toronto Sun
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