My Modest Proposal

First off, welcome, and thanks for stopping by. Just by visiting this site you’ve already expressed a little bit of support for theatre here in Vancouver, and that, gentle reader, is my mission in a nutshell. Long lost are the days in this city when taking in a new play was part of the cultural landscape, this option just seems to have evaporated from the civic lexicon somewhere along the way, replaced perhaps by the megaplexes and giant screen TVs. I’ve been doing some investigating and it seems that a large portion of the population now considers going to the theatre a stuffy and tiresome prospect, its image has taken on an air of elitist, academic institutionalism. Well sure, okay, there certainly are plays like that. But not all movies are Ishtar either, and if some of plays that I’ve seen in this town in the last couple of years could have been experienced by more people who hold this view, then that particular myth would have been forever exploded for them. I’m talking about honest, unrelenting, sexy, hysterical works that simply deserve to be experienced by a broader audience, from artists that work from a place that anyone with a beating heart can identify with. A healthy theatre isn’t just viable, it’s imperative.

Of course, there is a theatre-going community in Vancouver, but it’s way too small. There is some theatre here as well, if you look hard enough. But outside of the few professional houses (home to the vast majority of play-goers), there still isn’t a whole lot of foundational theatre groups, collectives who hold an agenda of consistently producing a regular season of visionary material, a body of progressive work. (The ones we do have, I would like to add, have done a lot of work towards laying a very solid bedrock for us to build upon.) What I’m talking about here is starting is a movement. A retro-revolution back to the days of a healthy public stage on the North West coast. And I’m going to put my money where my mouse is. This site is started in concord with a new theatre company that I am proud to be a part of, and to introduce to the world. Its formation has been a long time coming, and it exemplifies everything that I believe to be of worth in its particular art form. We’ve set ourselves a lofty goal (buy hey, go big or not at all, right?), that is to not only present outstanding, relevant stories to the public, but also to inspire our peers to do the same.

We are a cooperative of like-minded actors, writers, and directors, and we’re taking the bull by the horns. I will be chronicling our journey here in this space for anyone who may be interested, and I welcome any and all comments about our pursuit. This company’s medium is all about communication, and my commitment to that starts here. Enjoy the show.

2 thoughts on “My Modest Proposal

  1. Way to go all y’all! I fully support “the collective” as it’s come to be called, and I can’t wait to see the first production!
    Best of luck,
    Jackie

  2. Splendid! You certainly can’t wait around for other people to give you permission – and here you are, not waiting! Having seen what many of you are capable of I have every confidence this next adventure will be a smashing success! And with such good writing underneath you for the first go-round. I’m proud and glad.

    Jessica

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