A Beautiful View

Ruby Slippers Theatre is extremely pleased to present the Western Canadian premiere of A Beautiful View, written and directed by Daniel MacIvor. This love story about friendship is one of five published in MacIvor’s Governor General’s Award-winning collection, I Still Love You. It runs December 4-13 at Performance Works on Granville Island, and December 16-19 at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby.

A Beautiful View is a seriocomic trek across the intangibles of love, and about our affinity for re-writing history in its name. Two women, both camping aficionados, meet while shopping for tents. Their connection informs their choices for the next two decades, culminating in a quiet note of tragicomedy.

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The production features the acting talents of Colleen Wheeler and Diane Brown, lighting and set design by John Webber, sound designed by Michael Laird, sound recording by Patrick Pennefather and costumes by Drew Facey.

“I wrote the play as a response to how we have become so comfortable with labeling ourselves and our relationships, even when those labels are restricting,” says MacIvor. “The star of the play really is the friendship between the two women, that means that beyond everything else, it’s all about what the actors bring to the play.  I’m very excited about working with Diane and Colleen – I’ve been a fan of them both for some time.”

“And I’m also excited about working in Vancouver again – the city has been an inspirational place for me both in terms of my work and my life. I’m always happy to have the chance to breathe in some of that west coast air, it’s like a shot of espresso for the spirit.”

Multi award-winning Ruby Slippers Theatre, who are celebrating their twenty-first year, have earned a reputation for smart social satire that is infectiously entertaining by producing critically heralded productions like The Cat Who Ate Her Husband, The Winners, The Leisure Society, Trout Stanley and most recently Life Savers.

The Western Canadian premiere production of A Beautiful View previews Friday December 4, 2009, opens December 5 at 8 pm, then runs nightly through until December 13 (dark Mondays). All performances are at Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright St, Granville Island. Tickets are $20/24, except for the preview, which is pay-what-you-can. There will be $15 shows on December 8th at 8pm, and December 13, at 2 pm. Tickets are available through VancouverTix.com or by calling 604-629-VTIX. The Burnaby production runs December 16-19, at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby. Tickets are available at www.shadboltcentre.com, or by calling 604-205-3000.

On Sunday, December 6 at 2pm, Jerry Wasserman hosts Coffee and Conversation with Daniel MacIvor, at Performance Works. This intimate interview is free.

Ruby Slippers Theatre gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors:
The Georgia Straight
The Granville Island Cultural Society
See Seven
The Sandman Inns and Hotels
Fluevog Shoes
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