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...

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."

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...

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...

Visions of Vancouver has come with an interesting and exciting set of challenges for our design team. Our set designer had to create a space that would work for each of the four vastly different scripts being performed each night. To keep things moving quickly, and to suit the stripped down look Director Richard Wolfe envisioned, the set pieces had to be minimal, but effective enough to transport the audience to the various settings of the scripts. We also wanted to ensure that the set worked with the performance venue, which is essentially a tv studio. Jergus Oprsal has created a visually...

We're very excited about the artistic and production team collaborating to bring you Visions of Vancouver. We'd like to introduce you to some of our fabulous writers, performers and designers.

Adrienne Wong - Writer

Adrienne Wong creates, performs and produces new work for theatre and radio. Recent projects include producing a series of "podplays" - including writing two - for Neworld Theatre. Podplays are part audio guide / part radio drama, with narratives designed to guide listeners on short walks around the city. Other recent highlights include playing "Smee" in Peter Panties (Neworld...

We had a successful public reading of our brand new Livepod: Visions of Vancouver scripts on Thursday afternoon at the Museum of Vancouver. Thanks to all the folks who came out to hear the plays, the writers (Kevin Loring, Michele Riml & Michael St. John Smith, Dennis Foon and Adrienne Wong) who wrote them and the fine actors (Sarah Afful, Shaker Paleja, Richard Newman, Luc Roderique and Kyra Zagorsky) who brought them to life.  It was a great launch. Thank you Museum of Vancouver.

We’re now looking forward to our next workshop in September and the Livepod: Visions of Vancouver opening...

The world's largest performance design event, The Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, finished up on Sunday, June 26th, 2011. During its eleven day run over 40,000 visitors enjoyed exhibitions, installations, lectures and performances at the Veletržní Palace - National Gallery, Prague Crossroads, Piazzetta of the National Theatre and other places around town.

It was a great experience, strongly attended by students and emerging artists as well as more established practitioners. I came away thinking that if these people are the future of theatre, the art form is alive and well...

Pi Theatre invites you to a sneak peek of our upcoming production Livepod - Visions of Vancouver. We'll be holding a public reading of the scripts in progress at the Museum of Vancouver. Admission is by donation to MOV. Come hear these brand new scripts and meet the cast and writers.

July 28th, 1:00 - 3:00pm
1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver

Directed by Richard Wolfe
Featuring Sarah AffulLuc RoderiqueRichard NewmanKyra Zagorsky

"Everything about Rick: The Rick Hansen Story feels just right."

Peter Bernie, Vancouver Sun

"Loring’s first, full-length play, it’s a poignant and valuable piece of writing."

Robert Crew, The Star

"Riml's drama is smart, refreshing and somehow timeless."

The Globe and Mail

"I was carried off to the rooftops of Vancouver’s downtown core and into the intimate and fragile history of two young lovers."

Dan Post, Geist

"This is an important piece of theatre, not only to the Native community but to the community at large. Its theatricality is extraordinary, its narrative heartrending and eventually satisfying."

Colin Fallowfield, Steel Bananas

"Almighty Voice and His moving, disturbing, funny, confounding and beautiful."

Kate Watson, The Coast


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