Published on November 19th, 2015 | by Biz Books
The North Plan
Upintheair Theatre presents The North Plan, Jason Wells’ riotous and eerily relevant dark comedy making its Canadian Premiere in Vancouver!
After a ruthless faction seizes power in Washington, Carlton Berg, a bureaucrat for the State Department, runs off with the new regime’s top secret enemies list. Unfortunately for Carlton, the chase has come to an end in a police station in the Ozarks town of Lodus. As Department of Homeland Security agents close in, he must convince an unwilling set of confidants—an unsympathetic police chief, a law-abiding administration assistant, and fellow prisoner Tanya Shepke, a motor-mouthed recidivist who’s turned herself in for drunk driving and thinks Skynyrd should be on the new money — of his plans to expose the new regime. Inspired by real-life US government initiatives—the Readiness Exercise 1984, and Main Core—the premise of play is unnervingly plausible and highly apt in light of Bill C-51, Edward Snowden’s revelations, and Chicago’s Homan Square detainment scandal. The North Plan is a suspenseful, unsettling, and often hilarious portrayal of what happens when democratic order has been upended. The production is staged in a site-installed space in Vancouver’s Chinatown open to the public for the first time. The revolution starts now.
What critics are saying:
“The North Plan mixes paranoia and farce!” – Kathleen Oliver, The Georgia Straight
“The antics of the players and the twists in the plot keep the audience laughing out loud.” – Christian Steckler, Review Vancouver
“I can’t remember laughing so hard and being so unsettled at the same time – in equal measure.” – Jo Ledingham, On the Scene
“The North Plan is well written, acted and directed. I honestly haven’t had this much fun at show in a long time.” – Christina Pontikis, Vancouver Weekly
“This play is on a slow burn that sparks in the first half, but really ignites in the second.” – Chelsey Stuyt, Vancouver Presents!
Starring Genevieve Fleming, Catherine Lough Haggquist (of Biz Books), Paul Herbert, Daniel Martin, Allen Morrison, and David Mott
Directed by Chelsea Haberlin
Designed by James Coomber, Laura Fukumoto, and Jergus Oprsal
Jason Wells received the Elizabeth Osborn New Play Award in 2010 for an emerging playwright from the American Theatre Critics Association.
In an underground Location near 211 East Georgia (at Main St) in Vancouver.
November 19th – 22nd & 24th – 29th @ 8PM
November 21st & 29th @ 2 PM
Come to the door and Pay-What-You-Can for a preview on Thursday, November 19th!
Tuesday, November 24th performance and Saturday, November 21st matinee are 2-for-1!
Regular Tickets: $20
Low Income: $14
Buy tickets through Theatre Wire!