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Glass City Theatre’s production of Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train wins 3 Jessie’s!

June 24, 2011

Glass City Theatre’s production of Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train wins 3 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards in the Small Theatre Category for the following:

  • Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role – Rob Olguin
  • Outstanding Lighting Design – Itai Erdal
  • Outstanding Production – Glass City Theatre
     

Michael & Rob celebrate Glass City Theatre's Jessie Awards

Michael Wipf accepts the Outstanding Production in Small Theatre Award at the Jessie's

Rob Olguin accepts the Outstanding Actor in a Lead Role Award

Itai Erdal accepts the Outstanding Lighting in Small Theatre Award at the Jessie's

From Left: Rob Olguin, Angela Konrad & Carl Kennedy at the Jessie's

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Glass City Theatre nominated for 5 Jessie Awards!

May 24, 2011

The Jessie Richardson Theatre Award Nominations are out and Glass City Theatre’s production of Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train has been nominated in the Small Theatre Category for the following:

  • Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role – Rob Olguin
  • Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role – Carl Kennedy
  • Outstanding Direction – Angela Konrad
  • Outstanding Lighting Design – Itai Erdal
  • Outstanding Production – Glass City Theatre

    www.jessies.ca

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    “Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train” by Stephen Adly Guirgis March 11 – April 2 at Pacific Theatre

    March 1, 2011

    Jesus Hops the ‘A’ Train at Pacific Theatre.

    “You afraid ta die cuz your ass know only two things gonna happen when you die; either nuthin’ or somethin’ bad!!! Ain’t no God, ain’t no light.” – Angel Cruz

    Rikers Island, New York. Two men sit in solitary confinement, for 23 hours a day. Lucius Jenkins is a serial killer who awaits execution. Angel Cruz, new to the prison system, stands accused of a murder he doesn’t believe was a crime. Each day, these two prisoners are allowed one hour of sunlight, and one hour of conversation. In their separate “cages” they challenge each other with thoughts on God, faith, repentance and death.  One supposedly has found God, while the other needs to find himself. Compelling, gritty, harrowing and thought provoking, “Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train” is an uncompromising drama about contradiction, contrition and hypocrisy.

    The production, written by Stephen Adly Guirgis, first made a crater on the New York theatre landscape when it premiered in 2000 under the direction of Phillip Seymour Hoffman. The New York Times called it,  “Fire-breathing. A probing, intense portrait of lives behind bars, it has the courage of its intellectual restlessness. Written in flame.”

    Now under the direction of Jessie award-winning director Angela Konrad (Grace), “Jesus hopped the ‘A’ Train” will be leaving its mark on Vancouver’s Pacific Theatre’s stage.

    When asked what attracted Konrad to the ‘A’ Train she shares, “It made me uncomfortable in the best possible way. Reading it, I was carried along by the characters’ stories and challenged by their moral dilemmas. My favourite plays are those that make me think and make me feel, and this play definitely does both.”

    Michael Wipf, Co-Artistic Producer of Glass City Theatre, the company producing the show as a guest production of Pacific Theatre, says “This is a bit of a risky choice for audiences. It explores some issues of faith and forgiveness, and the gritty and sometimes grisly characters that propel the discussion forward are anything but “God or Christ-like”. It’s this contrast that makes ‘A’ Train so compelling.”

    Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train” stars Glass City Theatre’s Co-Artistic Producer Rob Olguin as Angel Cruz, Carl Kennedy as Lucius Jenkins, Kerri Norris as lawyer Mary Jane Hanrahan, Andrew McNee as prison guard Valdez, and Evan Frayne as prison guard D’Amico.

    The production is stage managed by Christie Maxson with lighting and set design by Itai Erdal. Costumes are designed by Sabrina Evertt, with sound design by Joel Stephanson.

    The production is proudly sponsored by John Fluevog Shoes

    “Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train” runs from March 11th through to April 2nd.

    Tickets are $16.50 – $29.50 (not incl. HST).

    For more information contact Pacific Theatre at 604-731-5518 or visit the website

    www.pacifictheatre.org

    Audience Advisory: Extreme course language.

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    Vancouver Province Recommends you see STRETCH DOG

    September 16, 2010

    STRETCH DOG

    Where: Pacific Theatre, 1440 W. 12th Ave.

    Why: I remember watching the hockey playoffs a few years ago, and every second commercial seemed to be the guy with ED. I felt sorry for the actor — he probably couldn’t get a date for months. Well, this one-man show is about an actor just like him.

    When: 5 p.m. Also Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m.

    Tickets: $10 at vancouverfringe.com

    Read more: http://www.theprovince.com/entertainment/Great+things+weekend/3531554/story.html#ixzz0zjSkaOoA

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    Stretch Dog Opens Tomorrow at 9pm!

    September 8, 2010

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    Meet Director Michael Wipf

    September 2, 2010
    Full name: Michael Wipf

    Michael Wipf

    What is your background?
    My family name is of German origin, it means “to leap, bound or jump”. I have hutterite ancestry that dates back to the 16th Century. In the late 18th century my ancestors migrated to Canada.
    How did you get involved with Stretch Dog/Glass City Theatre?
    Robert Olguin, is a good friend of mine and overtime, slowly but surely, he convinced me that I had to get involved. When I finally was on board 100% I said “I think I want to direct you too, sucka” and there you have it.
    If you had to sell out, how would you choose to do it?
    By buying tickets at the fringe festival and seeing the show, STRETCH DOG
    As a director, what are you hoping that people will get out of this show?
    That its OK to “compromise” and that its OK to “fail” and to hopefully see the humor in that.
    Why should people see this show?
    Because we ALL sell out at one point or another
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    Meet Writer & Performer Rob Olguin

    September 1, 2010
    Full name:

    This is similar to the opening sequence of the show, but without the crappy tape recorder!

    Roberto Salvador Olguin

    What is your theatre background?
    I discovered Theatre in my second year of University and immediately changed my major. I received a BA in Drama from Trinity Western University and an MFA in Acting from the University of Washington
    Tell us a bit about the history of Stretch Dog.
    Well, as a writer I tend to go with what I know. This show was written three months after the birth of our first child and I was struggling to process all of the mind bending questions, doubts, and emotions that come along with being a new parent. Add to that a not so flourishing career and a dash of self loathing and you have the core ingredients for the show. Now, for my MFA Thesis, I was to write and perform a twenty minute original work and that is where Stretch Dog first reared his lovely head.
    If you had to sell out, how would you choose to do it?
    Just the way the character in the show does … I would (God forbid) make money acting.
    Share an interesting rehearsal story.
    I was just launching into one of the more colorful portions of the script (language wise) when the rector of the Church space we were rehearsing in stumbled in asking if we were with the Theatre. It might have been better for the Theatre if we’d have said no. Alas, I cannot tell a lie.
    Why should people see this show?
    The material is the real deal stuff of life. This is a person you will recognize. This is a person you can relate to. This is a person you can laugh at AND with and a person you can really get behind and root for. Up with the underdogs!