We're looking for volunteers to assist with front of house for our upcoming show.

No experience is necessary—volunteers will be trained by staff at the beginning of each shift.

Shifts begin at 7PM in the evenings and at 1PM for matinees. Volunteers will be able to see the show during their shift.

March 5-21, 2009. 
Tuesday through Saturday at 8PM, 2PM matinees on March 8, 14,15 and 21
At Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright Street, Granville Island.

Please contact Mathilde if you're interested in volunteering for the show. Please indicate your availability and whether you're interested in...

I've just done a video listing for The Next Stage, talking about why I chose Bashir Lazhar. Check it out!

Here are some shots from the first week of rehearasal for Bashir Lazhar:

The rehearsal hall

Mr. Marr, script in hand

Richard looking directorial

And our fabulous stage management team - SM DK

Apprentice Annie

(All photos by Ken Bryant)

Over the next few weeks, we'll be introducing you to our production team for Bashir Lazhar in this space.  Production is always such an exciting time, when we get to engage with so many more artists and theatre professionals than in our admin time. We're really excited about the people we're working with for Bashir Lazhar.  Meet the gang!

Meet Annie! Annie is our Apprentice Stage Manager for Bashir Lazhar, and she is participating in Pi’s Prime Placements program, which provides opportunities for emerging artists to gain professional experience and mentorship. Annie is just starting out as a...

We're thrilled to introduce Mathilde Le Nezét, our new intern who starts work with us today. Mathilde is an student at the University of Western Brittany, in France.  She is studying business and Applied Foreign Languages, and will be working on her English during her placement with us.

Mathilde also speaks some Russian, so all you Russian speakers out there, feel free to phone the office for info about our upcoming shows!

Thanks to The Art of the Business for the mention of our blog in their rundown of Vancouver theatre companies in the interwebs. It's also exciting to see the growing number of companies using Twitter - we're definitely interested to see how our Twitter connections differ from those we have through Facebook.

Pi is very excited to welcome Amanda Lo to our team.  Amanda is currently on board as our community liaison for Bashir Lazhar. She'll be working with community groups to get them involved with the show.
Amanda comes to us with a background in Canadian Studies, and works with Canada Border Services.  She has experience as an editor, researcher, and English teacher, and is trilingual! We're really looking forward to benefiting from all of her varied skills.
Stay tuned for more from Amanda!

Like every other theatre lover in town, I’m excited to explore the offerings at this year’s PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. The line up is rich and varied as usual. My involvement this year extends to the stage. I’ll be directing a piece at the festival (Live From a Bush of Ghosts) for Theatre Conspiracy, while simultaneously gearing up for our first show of the year, the beautiful and poignant Bashir Lazhar staring David Marr.

There are so many great entrees on offer at the PuSh buffet it's hard to single anything out.  Five shows that I find interesting, in no particular order...

Here are some of the shots from our photo shoot with David Marr for Bashir Lazhar.

We had to get David into character (read: dark hair and moustache) and back out again in one day so that he could go back to his role in The Drowsy Chaperone at the Playhouse.

Swirling paper effect made possible by the massive volume of paper we generated in our recent office purge. :)

All photos by Tim Matheson. Hair by Kristine Hackman.

Over the holidays, I saw Waltz with Bashir, an animated Israeli documentary about the Lebanon War. It was fantastic—beautiful, haunting images and a very innovative storytelling device that manages to make scenes of violent conflict fresh and engaging and ultimately watchable, without being too graphically real.

I also learned that, in addition to being the name of the main character in our upcoming show, 'Bashir' was the first name of the President-elect of Lebanon who was assassinated in 1982.


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