I am proud to once again be the Social Media Sponsor of the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards (the Jessies) and as such, I will be featuring a local theatre company every Thursday.
The Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards are an annual awards ceremony and party produced by the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award Society to celebrate and promote the outstanding achievements of the Vancouver Professional Theatre Community. The Awards have been presented since 1982, originally by the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance, taken over in 1997 by the newly formed Society. Over 35 statues are awarded each year to outstanding theatre companies and artists.
The profiles will contain basic information about each company, as supplied by their team, and a list of their upcoming productions that you can check out in the coming season. First up today is Pacific Theatre.
Date Established: 1984
First Play Produced: Silly Season
Total number of plays/events produced: 145
Founders: Ron Reed
Artistic Director: Ron Reed
Pacific Theatre aspires to delight, provoke, and stimulate dialogue by producing theatre that rigorously explores the spiritual aspects of the human experience.
For an almost 30 year-old company (the big “3-0” celebration is coming next year!), Pacific Theatre has had its fair share of special moments – but that’s what happens when you have an artistic director who creates new work and who is passionate about fostering young emerging talents. Probably one of the company’s most memorable moments, however, came in 2010. About halfway through the season, the staff and artists at Pacific Theatre began to feel like something special was happening. It had been a particularly good run of productions that were challenging, fun, and artistically satisfying. Everyone was feeling it – Pacific Theatre was on a roll. Turns out it wasn’t just the staff and the artists who were feeling it – that was the year that Pacific Theatre won an unprecedented Jessie Award for Curation and Execution of an Outstanding Season of Theatre.
HOW TO WRITE A NEW BOOK FOR THE BIBLE by Bill Cain
Friday, April 26th to Saturday, May 25th, 2013
The heartfelt and hilarious story of an aging mother’s peculiarities and her son’s flawed devotion.