“I’m honored to have been asked by the International Theatre Institute ITI at UNESCO to give this greeting commemorating the 50th anniversary of World Theatre Day. I will address my brief remarks to my fellow theatre workers, peers and comrades.
“May your work be compelling and original. May it be profound, touching, contemplative, and unique. May it help us to reflect on the question of what it means to be human, and may that reflection be blessed with heart, sincerity, candor, and grace. May you overcome adversity, censorship, poverty and nihilism, as many of you will most certainly be obliged to do.
“May you be blessed with the talent and rigor to teach us about the beating of the human heart in all its complexity, and the humility and curiosity to make it your life’s work. And may the best of you – for it will only be the best of you, and even then only in the rarest and briefest moments – succeed in framing that most basic of questions, ‘how do we live?’ Godspeed.”
- John Malkovich
The Ugly One closed this weekend to great houses and terrific audience response. Plan B, an artists driven collective, played to an audience over 500 with many repeat viewers. A tremendous thank you to everyone who came out and supported the West Coast premiere of this internation hit.
“…excellent production…a strong ensemble…Hats off to the designers…Directed crisply by Richard Wolfe… I really appreciate seeing Canadian productions of contemporary plays by foreign writers…” - Plank Magazine
And from our audience:
“Incisive, biting and incredibly satisfying…a great night at the theatre!”
“ Great show!..I laughed my a** off!”
“…definitely worth seeing…..a superb script and a superb cast!”
The Ugly One
By Marius von Mayenburg
Translated by Maja Zade
Directed by Richard Wolfe
“…fiendishly clever…scalpel sharp.” - Sunday Telegraph
Lette thought he was normal with a successful career, and a happy marriage. So when his utter ugliness is revealed, he turns to plastic surgery for help. After the bandages come off he awakens with an Adonis-like face and his world is turned inside out. Lette begins to question… is there such a thing as being too beautiful? The Ugly One is a scalpel-sharp comedy about beauty, money, and cosmetic surgery.
Award winning director Richard Wolfe (Artistic Director of PI Theatre) leads a collective of some of Vancouver’s top talent. Featuring veteran stage, film and television performer David Beairsto (Theatre North West, Smallville) as Lette, the man with the face; up-and-coming favorite Amber Lewis (Soulpepper, Bard on the Beach, Arts Club); Jessie Award Winner Jack Paterson (Shaw Festival, Mad Duck Collective); and Jessie Award Winner Brian J. Sutton (Axis Theatre).
Lighting Design by Jessie winner Jergus Oprsal, Sound Design by Jordan Watkins, Set & Costumes by Roxana Chapela, Stage Managed by Wren Handman, Assistant Stage Managed by Jocelynn Mortlock, and Assistant Directed by Michael Gunion.
The Ugly One ran at the Jericho Arts Centre (1675 Discovery) from Feb 22 to March 4, Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm, and Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. Running time: 1hr. Tickets are $20 for reservation or Pay-What-You-Can at the door.
photos by Michael O’Shea