Opening Night! Friday, March 16, 2018, 7:30pm
March 17, 22, 23 and 24 at 7:30 pm with matinees on March 18 and 25 at 2 pm
Harbour City Theatre
Tickets are available online at westernedge.org, by phone at 250-816-6459, and at Amethyst Forest, #27 – 1925 Bowen Rd., Nanaimo (in Bowen Centre).
Tickets for the Thursday performance on March 22 cost $22 for Adults, $18 for Seniors (65 and over), and $12 for Young Adults (29 and under) and Students. Tickets for all other performances cost $24 for Adults, $20 for Seniors (65 and over), and $15 for Young Adults (29 and under) and Students.
Nanaimo’s Western Edge Theatre concludes its 2017-18 season with a bang, in more ways than one, with "Dead Metaphor."
Written by George F. Walker, one of Canada’s most celebrated and widely-produced playwrights, "Dead Metaphor" is a sharpshooting dark comedy about Dean, a soldier just returned from Afghanistan. Trained as a sniper, he finds there isn’t a lot of call for his specialty back home. Meantime, he’s living with his aging parents and just re-married his pregnant ex-wife. Things start to look up, though, when he meets Helen, a rabid politician who, in her rise to the top, may have a use for his skills after all.
With its mix of desperate characters and crazed politics, "Dead Metaphor" is a play for our times. The San Francisco Examiner calls it “dead serious, but still seriously funny.”
Western Edge artistic director Brian March helms the production. “From the minute I read the play I was drawn to its sharp, clean dialogue and how it touches on so many current issues,” he says. “What is remarkable is how Walker frames them into a story that is topical and serious, but also underlays it with a dark sense of humour that is at times absurd but always true to the characters.”
The play comes with an audience advisory for strong adult language and content.
"Dead Metaphor" features Jonathan Hamilton as the sniper who soon finds people jockeying for his services, and Barbara Metcalf, Frank Moher, Joanne Rowland, Erik Tully, and Belle Warner. Lighting design is by Erik Tully, with sound design by Jocelyn Dickson and costume coordination by Lorna McLellan. The Stage Manager is Braeja Chadwick and the Assistant Stage Manager is Wren Beckley.
The 2017-18 Western Edge Theatre season is generously supported by Romper Room Indoor Rock Climbing Centre, the Howard-Johnson Harbourside Hotel, InPrint, and the Nanaimo News-Bulletin. It is also made possible by financial support from the City of Nanaimo and the Province of British Columbia.
For more information visit Western Edge Theatre.