Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Douglas College showcases works by Patrick Shanley in latest production



Eight Douglas College student actors will perform 15 roles in scenes written by award-winning American playwright John Patrick Shanley in the College’s original production, Bard of the Bronx: John Patrick Shanley in Perspective. The show runs Nov. 13-20.

The production will feature scenes from Shanley’s most popular works including Oscar award-winning film Moonstruck, Doubt: A Parable, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Savage in Limbo, Italian American Reconciliation and Women of Manhattan. Directed by Kathleen Duborg – who compiled the scenes for the production – the play will show the evolution of Shanley from a young writer to the seasoned and celebrated playwright he is today.

“What was exciting for me was to be able to go very deeply into a writer’s cannon and to look at how a writer has changed over 25 to 30 years,” Duborg says, noting almost every actor will play two roles. “It will be exciting to see if the audience can find the links between Shanley’s characters in his different works.”

The cast of Douglas College theatre students includes: Vancouver resident Noah Orvema (Aldo Scalicki, Ronny Cammareri), Coquitlam resident Lily Gillette (April White, Rhonda Louise), Surrey residents Chantelle Pryznyk (Denise Savage) and Pamela Carolina Martinez (Linda Rotunda, Chrissy), Port Coquitlam resident Rebecca Troock (Billie, Roberta), Kelowna resident Shannon Lindsey Tauber (Judy, Sister Aloysius), Calgary native Alice Knechtel (Loretta Castorini, Sister James) and Theatre program alumnus Parker Thompson (Murk, Danny).

Bard of the Bronx: John Patrick Shanley in Perspective runs Nov. 13-20 at the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre, Douglas College, 700 Royal Avenue, New Westminster. Tickets ($10-$20) can be purchased in advance through Tickets New West, TicketsNW.ca