Pi Theatre Presents David Greig’s The Events: Win Tickets

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Pi Theatre and the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival present the English Canadian premiere of David Greig’s daring play, The Events. Inspired by the 2011 killing of 69 people at a summer camp in Utøya, Norway, the healing powers of love, forgiveness, and faith are thrown into doubt in one of the decade’s most incendiary and important works. The Events showcases Metro Vancouver’s vibrant community choir scene with a different choral group performing onstage each night, providing a consoling presence in the face of adversity.

Pi Theatre Presents David Greig’s The Events
Photo credit: Emily Cooper

The Events

Tickets: Available online now from $26.
Where: The Russian Hall (600 Campbell Avenue, Vancouver)
When: January 17 to 28, 2018 at 8:00pm with matinées January 20, 21, 27 & 28 at 2:00pm. Discussions and Talkbacks on themes of The Events will take place after every show.

Directed by Richard Wolfe with musical score by John Browne, The Events’ narrative follows Claire, a female priest and choirmaster, who has recently experienced a faith-shattering act of terror. As she struggles to understand the event that changed her life, we are asked to decide whether love and hope can survive in the wake of an inexplicable act of violence.

The work is not a biopic of the 2011 attack in Norway, nor is it filled with violent acts. Instead, it follows Claire’s attempt to understand how someone could cause so much harm, and how this leads her on a path to self-destruction. The play focuses on the reaction of communities to acts of aggression and the difficulty of moving on. Ultimately, Claire finds her peace, and retakes her place in the community.

In this English Canadian premiere, the role of Claire will be played by Luisa Jojic (Bard on the Beach), with recent National Theatre School of Canada graduate Douglas Ennenberg playing six characters opposite her. Each evening, a different community choir will join the two actors in The Russian Hall (a space frequently used for choir rehearsals). The choir serves as part spectator, part performer, as they represent the community and share songs both of their own choosing and composed especially for the production. Essentially, more than 220 community members from 12 different choirs will participate over the show’s run.

Win Tickets

I have a pair of tickets to give away to opening night on January 18th at 8:00pm. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Saturday, January 13, 2018. Follow Pi Theatre on Facebook and Twitter.

Update The winner is Shelley Butcher!

12 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. Jason BMonday, January 8th, 2018 — 10:27am PST

    Opening night fantastic.

  2. Cara ReynoldsMonday, January 8th, 2018 — 2:44pm PST

    Would be great to win! 🙂

  3. wenMonday, January 8th, 2018 — 7:30pm PST

    This would be an awesome play!

  4. BevMonday, January 8th, 2018 — 9:03pm PST

    Would love to see this play!

  5. EileenMonday, January 8th, 2018 — 9:52pm PST

    Sounds interesting

  6. Cheuk LauMonday, January 8th, 2018 — 10:13pm PST

    Love to understand how she heals

  7. Shelley ButcherTuesday, January 9th, 2018 — 2:45pm PST

    This play sounds amazing and thought provoking.

  8. Kim CWednesday, January 10th, 2018 — 10:16pm PST

    Sounds interesting – would love to check this play out.

  9. ValerieThursday, January 11th, 2018 — 12:45pm PST

    I have read some amazing reviews on this play.

  10. behzadThursday, January 11th, 2018 — 9:24pm PST

    it’ll be fun to go to.

  11. KarenFriday, January 12th, 2018 — 9:20am PST

    Sounds like a great evening. I’d love to attend.

  12. TammyFriday, January 12th, 2018 — 9:28pm PST

    How wonderful to see!

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