RUINED
by Lynn Nottage

February 2018

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Poster design by Emily Cooper. Photos by Jalen Laine Photography

Winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Ruined explores the plight of women living in a small tin mining town in the civil war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo.

 

It’s clear that the actors in this production by Dark Glass Theatre know that they’re working on something important, something that’s bigger than they are.

Those are the only circumstances in which you get performances that are this deep and humble.

Colin Thomas

The setting is Mama Nadi’s bar.  Mama Nadi protects and profits off the bodies of the women who have become casualties of the long and brutal war. She ensures survival by catering to both sides of the conflict, but how long can she keep the war outside her walls? 

Directed by Angela Konrad, Ruined was presented at Pacific Theatre in Vancouver.

 

Ruined is an important story well told by this brave company and well worth seeing.”

Jerry Wasserman

Awards

  • Shayna Jones: Outstanding Performance by an Actress - Small Theatre (win)

  • Tom Pickett: Outstanding Performance by an Actor - Small Theatre (nominated)

  • Angela Konrad: Outstanding Direction - Small Theatre (nominated)

 

“This is without a shadow of a doubt the most important piece of theatre I have witnessed in recent years.”

Liz Gloucester

 
 
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 Trespass

A Storytelling Event

True personal stories of reconciliation, love, betrayal, hope, and forgiveness …

Trespass is an ongoing series that empowers people to share their stories. We’ve had events in Langley, Vancouver, Abbotsford, and Richmond.

Each story invites us on a journey of discovery, as the storyteller reveals a particular episode in their lives that changed them in some way. The stories might be touching, poignant, shocking, or funny but each one expands our perspective and deepens our understanding of the human experience.

Every event has a different roster of powerful storytellers and musicians, all inspired by this quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr:

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive, is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.

Join us for a meaningful evening of live music and short personal stories that foster empathy and spark discussion. And if you have a story you’d like to tell, contact us!

disPLACE

Refugee Stories In Their Own Words 

November 2016, March 2017

Guerrillas said, “Your kids are yours until they’re 10. Then they’re ours.” They had a 9-year-old son.

Is any sacrifice too great to protect your family?
A world-premiere production, created by the ensemble, disPLACE shares the real-life experiences of refugees to Canada. Five actors transform into multiple characters in this unforgettable journey, knit together by verbatim testimony and original music.

From the Mennonite immigrants who fled Europe after World War II, to the current global refugee crisis, disPLACE offers a unique glimpse into the personal, human stories hidden beneath the headlines.

Each performance is followed by a talkback with a special guest moderator.

Media Coverage of disPLACE

Photos by Michelle Karst

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