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after the quake is already getting a great response, and we're 3 weeks from opening! Check out CBC's interview with Richard Wolfe "Murakami's Super-Frog to appear on Vancouver stage", the Vancouver Observer, and Julie Burtinshaw's blog.

The story of Frog, a giant creature who must battle the evil Worm that lives beneath a Tokyo bank tower, is shot through with humour, including the witty dialogue for which Murakami is famous.

The contest is now closed. @donforan is the winner, with the following haiku:

Tsunami nightmares

In the wake of disaster

Life after the Quake

Congratulations to @donforan, and thanks to everyone else who entered! We got some great entries — here are some of the runner ups:

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The earth can move you

in some very special ways.

You must work with her!

@Naliano

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Life after the quake.

Can super frog save

Vancouver theatre?

@avibryant

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Rumble and grumble.

She stumbles from her slumber.

This morning she roars.

@acusack

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Lost or forgotten

Memories of the earthquake

Conjured the great Frog...

We're pleased to offer two sneak peeks of After the Quake - they're both free, so come check them out!

Monday, October 26, doors open from 7:00pm-8:30pm
Drop in and hear the cast of After the Quake at an open rehearsal at the Nikkei Centre, 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Kaede Room (Room 210). (The Nikkei Centre is just a few blocks from the Edmonds Skytrain station.)

Friday, October 30, at 7:00pm
Stop in at the Chapters at Broadway and Granville to hear the cast of After the Quake read a scene from the show, and pick up a copy of Murakami's collection of stories while you're there!

After the Quake lighting Designer Itai Erdal is working with James Fagan Tait on a new play at Studio 58. Check it out!

Pi Theatre is looking for emerging artists who might be interested in participating in our Prime Placements program. This year, we will be offering several placements as part of our production for HIVE 3, which will take place from March 11-20 at The Centre for Digital Media. We are currently looking for artists to fill the following roles:
- costume designer
- lighting designer
- set designer
as well as a Technical Director, and possibly a projection designer (this last is subject to grant funding which is not yet confirmed).

Qualified applicants will have significant design experience as...

Haruki Murakami's acceptance speech for the Jerusalem Literary Prize has some interesting things to say about art and politics:

I have come to Jerusalem today as a novelist, which is to say as a professional spinner of lies.

Of course, novelists are not the only ones who tell lies. Politicians do it, too, as we all know. Diplomats and military men tell their own kinds of lies on occasion, as do used car salesmen, butchers and builders. The lies of novelists differ from others, however, in that no one criticizes the novelist as immoral for telling lies. Indeed, the bigger and better his lies...

Today is the launch of our 2009-2010 season and 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!

We kick 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, together with 11 partners from Vancouver's and Victoria's...

Join the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance for their 10th Annual Making a Scene conference in late October on Granville Island.  Check out all the details here.

See you there!

Thursday, October 15, 2009, 5:30pm at Pi Theatre's office in the Carousel Theatre building at 1411 Cartwright St. on Granville Island, Vancouver

Come meet the Pi team. This is a chance to hear all about our 25th Anniversary Season and learn more about Pi Theatre. We'd also love to hear your thoughts and ideas.

We hope that you can come out and demonstrate your support for Pi Theatre. Our funders see attendance at AGMs as an indication of our support in the community.

The AGM will consist of directors' reports, season launch, presentation of 2008-2009 financial statements, and election of the...

Tara Travis - photo by Richard Wolfe

On Wednesday September 9th, well over 500 people who believe that culture matters came together at the Vancouver Art Gallery to protest the dismantlement of government involvement in Arts and Culture in British Columbia. According to the Alliance for Arts, between 85% and 92% of core provincial funding for arts and culture will be cut by 2012 from both tax-based and non-tax-based (gaming) streams. No other province in Canada has reduced support for the arts sector during the current recession because they understand that the cultural sector makes both...

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