SEPTEMBER 2023 | Volume 231


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Angus Yam, Sofía Rodríguez, Manuela Sosa, Kaitlyn Yott, Sara Vickruck. Photo credit Pedro Augusto Meza.

Peace Country
by Pedro Chamale
rice & beans theatre
Firehall Arts Centre
Oct. 12-22
From $30 or 604-689-0926

Firehall Arts Centre Presents Pedro Chamale'sPeace Country 
(a rice & beans theatre production)

Developed in association with Playwrights Theatre Centre, in association with Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre, and created with support from PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

The Firehall is pleased to launch its 2023-2024 season with the world premiere of Pedro Chamale's Peace Country from Thursday, October 12 to Sunday, October 22, 2023.

Peace Country is inspired by playwright Pedro Chamale's upbringing in Chetwynd, B.C. This new work by Chamale is an examination of intercultural friendship, the realities of northern living, and the vilification of northern communities in the fight against the climate crisis.

Set in a small rural town in British Columbia's Northern Interior, a new political party has swept into office with the promise of big changes – changes that could put the nail in the coffin of a little carbon-economy town, that is, if climate change doesn't wipe it out first. In a time where it feels easy to spit rhetoric at one another, a familiar face in the party forces childhood friends to have tough conversations and work together for a change. Through Peace Country, we see a plea for dialogue around climate action in a time of great division.

"This play is a way for me to put both sides of my heart, the urban and rural, on stage in direct conflict with each other, with humour and humility for a greater cause," says Chamale.

Donna Spencer, The Firehall's Artistic Producer, adds, "It gives me great joy to bring Peace Country to the stage as the season opener with our partners rice & beans theatre. It is entertaining, relevant to what Canadians are facing today, and delivered in a heartfelt and honest manner."

Credits for Peace Country:

Performances by:  Sofía Rodríguez, Manuela Sosa, Sara Vickruck, Angus Yam, and Kaitlyn Yott
Written & Directed by: Pedro Chamale
Dramaturg: Heidi Taylor
Assistant Director: Teddy Ngkaion
Costume Designer: Michelle Thorne
Lighting Designer: Jonathan Kim
Sound Designer: Cindy Kao
Set & Props Designer: Kimira Reddy
Set & Props Design Assistant: Monica Emme
Video Designer: Andie Lloyd
Video Design Assistant: June Hsu
Stage Manager: Julia Lank
Production Manager: Kayleigh Sandomirsky

October 12-22, 2023 | Firehall Arts Centre| 280 E. Cordova Street

Opening Night:  Saturday, October 14 at 7:30pm

Previews:  October 12 & 13 at 7:30pm

Performance Times:  Tuesday-Saturday, 7:30pm | Saturday & Sunday, 3:00pm | PWYC on Tuesday at 7:30pm & Wednesday at 1:00pm

Tickets:  From $30 at | 604.689.0926

Post Show Talkback:  Thursday, October 19

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