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Local theatre company Osimous Theatre stages 'Six Feet Under' writer Craig Wright's 'The Pavilion.'
Osimous Theatre’s The Pavilion showing from January 8-23, 2011
They had me at Six Feet Under. Seriously. If you haven’t seen the hit TV series (about a dysfunctional family running a funeral home), take my word for it. The writers are unreal. And playwrite Craig Wright is no exception.
Runs January 8–23, 2011
Firehouse Arts Centre
280 E Cordova St, Vancouver
Website | Tickets
But that isn’t the only reason you should go see new play The Pavilion, which boils theatre down to its simplest ingredients: great actors and great storytelling. With only three actors, no set and minimal props, a story unfolds on stage of a yearning for the past so strong that it drives the main characters to attend their 20-year high school reunion.
Peter (Craig Erickson) and Kari (Dawn Petten) haven’t seen each other since the day Peter left 20 years ago… and now he’s come to get her back. As the night progresses, Peter and Kari are led, through their interactions with a host of characters, all played by a narrator (Parnelli Parnes), to face the consequences of choices made long ago and start back into life with newfound strength and bittersweet resolve.
The Pavilion is the inaugural production for Vancouver-based Osimous Theatre, a recently formed theatre company made up of eight actors. I managed to connect with Bob Frazer, who jokingly refers to himself as the “sucker who started the whole idea of Osimous Theatre,” over the holidays to find out a little more about the company and the intrigues of their first production.
Osimous Theatre producer and director of
The Pavilion Bob Frazer.
Bob Frazer: Osimous Theatre began as a desire to work with a group of actors that were all in the same frame of mind about acting; that it is limitless. We all want to get better at what we do. There are no damaging egos and we all have mutual respect for each other. Every member is passionate about the work and strives to do the best they can in every aspect of the performance.
As it stands, we are roving from theatre to theatre, but who knows what the future will hold for us. Right now we are doing this first one at the Firehall Theatre and that’s all we can concentrate on for now.
The group consists of Parnelli Parnes, Craig Erickson, Dawn Petten, Derek Metz, Anna Cummer, Angela Beaulieu and myself. It’s a long story about how we all came together, but each member has the same mission and desire for us as a group and as individuals: To work in a healthy atmosphere and create the best work we can.
The play offered us everything we wanted. Primarily, it was an absolutely beautiful play that we were all passionate about, but it also had a minimal set and production costs. It is a very strong narrative and deals with large issues (the past, the future and right now) in a very small issue way. As a new company starting out it seemed to be the exact thing we wanted in a production.
There is no concern about stubbing your toe. It also offers an actor the freedom to simply look at their partner on stage and act with them. On the “minus” side of it, they can’t hide behind a piece of furniture.
For the audience, I think it might be even more exciting. They are simply left to use their imagination and luckily for us the playwright has written in a character [narrator Parnelli Parnes] that guides the audience’s imagination in describing what they should be seeing.
I think the audience can look forward to a really engaging and beautiful night of theatre. And I really mean that.
The Pavilion plays at the Firehouse Arts Centre through January 23, 2011.