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October 28, 2011

Obstructions was launched at last night's AGM-apalooza which took place at PL 1422.

Following three sold-out iterations of the Hive party series, Vancouver's Progress Lab network of indie theatre-makers are coming together to test the theory that creativity feeds on limits. Inspired in part by The Five Obstructions by Jørgen Leth and Lars Von Trier, the core artists of each participating company will submit, a few at a time and under a cold spotlight, to a list of obstructions delivered by a shadowy emcee. The companies will then be commanded to create their next production around those...
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October 25, 2011

Back in late August the Pi office received an email from the folks at Groupon in Chicago telling us about a new initiative that they were launching in Vancouver called G-Team. Groupon were interested in using their service as a way to create awareness and raise funds for mission-based organizations. The lovely folks at Groupon had done some research into mission-based organizations in Vancouver and they wanted to invite Pi to be one of their first campaigns. And so, here we are!

Here's how the deal works. Pi is hoping to raise money to support the development of our Playwright-in-Residence...

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October 12, 2011

Photography by Guntis Gurkis and Paul Campbell

Carmen Aguirre, Jennifer Mawhinney and Patrick Keating relive the Stanley Cup Riot in Kevin Loring's The Thin Veneer

Patrick Keating, Carmen Aguirre, Jennifer Mawhinney and Shaker Paleja begin Michele Riml and Michael St. John Smith's The Bridge.

Jennifer Mawhinney and Shaker Paleja as Ellen and Brad. Trapped in traffic in a hot car.

Carmen Aguirre as Virginia Macleod and Patrick Keating as Frank. "Is that what you're doing up here Frank? Thinking about hell?"

The setting for The Thin Veneer.

Patrick Keating as Cory's Dad in The Dead Line. "It's...

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October 11, 2011

It's official, the reviewers love Visions of Vancouver.

Peter Birnie of the Vancouver Sun claimed "thanks to strong writing, solid performances and some clever design ideas, each chapter of Visions of Vancouver offers a tart treat for our 125th birthday."

Tessa Perkins of Press + 1 writes "These four short plays, each dealing with their own aspect of what it is to be a Vancouverite, were extremely entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed the show."

Alex Waterhouse Hayward said "Those who braved a Vancouver evening at the theatre were winners."

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October 5, 2011

We've already introduced you to many of the wonderful people involved in bringing Visions of Vancouver to life. Here we'd like to tell you a little about those you haven't yet met.

Kevin Loring - Writer

As an actor he has performed in numerous plays across Canada. Notable productions include Marie Clements's Burning Vision, Copper Thunderbird and the Edward Curtis Project. He was also in the National Arts Centre/Western Canada Theatre 40th anniversary production of George Ryga's The Ecstasy of Rita Joe. He starred in the freature film Pathfinder, and is the head actor on Health Nutz, a...

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September 20, 2011

You've already met three members of our wonderful Visions of Vancouver team. We'd like to introduce you to the rest of the cast, two more writers and our amazing Stage Manager.

Michele Riml - Writer

This award-winning Canadian playwright is known for her deft touch for honest dialogue and characters. Her plays have been produced across Canada and in the US including the Globe Theatre, The Grand, the Arts Club Theatre, the Belfry and The Hayworth Theatre (Los Angeles). Other plays include Miss TeenUnder The InfluenceRAGE (winner of the 2005 Sydney Risk prize for Outstanding Original Play...

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