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This story reminds us why we love our stage managers.  An actor in Austria slit his own throat on stage with a real knife that had been swapped for his usual prop without his knowledge. Insanity!  We love, love, LOVE our stage managers and props managers for keeping us safe.


There were protests on Commercial Drive this past weekend and if you can believe it, it was all because of a piece of theatre! How exciting to think a play was the cause of all the controversy! It was one of Vancouver's wetter evenings when a couple hundred people gathered to show their support for the presentation of a production of the Laramie Project at Vancouver's Havana Theatre. The Laramie Project is a play by American playwright Moisés Kaufman and has been produced extensively and internationally since its premiere in 2000. For some bizarre reason members of a US-based church that...

AGM

Pi held its 2007-2008 AGM on Monday, November 10th, and it was a fantastic event. We crammed a few dozen people in our office, shared the successes and challenges of the 2007-2008 season, elected 3 new board members, and enjoyed yummy treats generously donated by Rocky Mountain Flatbread and La Baguette et l’echalotte. Thanks to everyone who came out and shared their enthusiasm for Pi—we can’t wait to see you at our first show!

If you missed the AGM and are sad sad sad, you can still get your membership and join our mailing list so you stay in the loop.

The Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance ninth annual Making a Scene conference closed on November 16 on Granville Island. It was a wonderful conference with great panels and breakout sessions giving participants an opportunity to delve into the state of today's theatre. Guests included award winning playwright and director Daniel MacIvor, former Artistic Director of both the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and the National Arts Centre (English Theatre) Marti Maraden and director and educator extraordinaire, Arne Zaslove. Each of these people brought huge enthusiasm and insight to...

Welcome to Pi Theatre's 24th season! I'm very excited to bring you the western Canadian premiere of Morwyn Brebner's translation of Evélyne de la Chenelière's beautifully human portrait of Bashir Lazhar, starring one of Vancouver's finest actors—David Marr. We're also extremely pleased to be bringing back Carole Fréchette's John & Beatrice, brought to life with the new and powerful paring of Patricia Drake and Vincent Gale. These two plays represent the very best in Quebec drama and reflect our mission to provide a theatrical lens through which we can view the world in new and exciting...

Monday, November 10, 2008, 5:30pm At our office 

Come meet our new team. This is a chance to hear all about our 2008-2009 season and learn more about Pi Theatre, and to share 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 value to the community.

The AGM will consist of directors' reports, season launch, presentation of 2007-2008 financial statements, and election of the Board of Directors for 2008-2009. Annual Memberships will be available at the door for $3.14, if you don't have one...

I've just gotten home from Saskatoon, where I directed the world premiere of Bite the Hand, by Mansel Robinson, the show that launched Persephone Theatre's Deep End Series and opened Persephone's brand new black box theatre, The BackStage Stage.

Last July, Del Surjik, Persephone Theatre's new AD and my predecessor here at Pi, asked me to consider directing Bite the Hand to open the company's studio theatre in October, 2008. As I sat in the Vancouver sun reading Mansel Robinson's new play I found myself laughing out loud. Here was an original voice I thought, a writer with a big palette, an...

Welcome to our new website! Check out our fantastic 2008-2009 season, the archives of our past shows, learn all about our new team and find out how you can get involved. We're pretty excited about the site and we're looking forward to hearing what you think.

In fact, that's one of the things we're so pleased about with this new site—we want to keep you in the loop about what we're up to, and we want to hear what you think about what we're doing and how we're doing it. So we've created this blog to share ideas, news, projects, and opinions. Add us to your newsreader or sign up for our mailing...

We're wrapping up 2007-2008—and what a year it was!  A few highlights we're proud of:

We launched our groundbreaking free access program that gave theatergoers free admission to every one of the shows in our season.  The program was a huge success, providing cultural access to those who may not often find themselves able to participate in the artistic offerings of our community because of their financial situation.

We produced John & Beatrice, the first show at the new PAL Vancouver Theatre, to critical acclaim and sold out houses.  John & Beatrice was an extraordinary night in the...

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