Western Edge at Gabriola

Gabriola Theatre FestivalWestern Edge Theatre will be front and centre at the Gabriola Theatre Festival during the August 21, 2009, weekend. The Festival will feature Western Edge’s new production of the acclaimed play “The Goat,” by Edward Albee, plus the return of “My Name is Rachel Corrie,” prior to its Vancouver Island tour.

“The Goat” is a taboo-smashing comedy about a successful architect and family man who falls in love with, yes, a goat. A piercing examination of the limits of tolerance, and winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, “The Goat” features Neil Gallagher as the smitten husband whose secret upends his home life. Veteran of many Western Edge productions, Gallagher was most recently seen in the Chemainus Theatre Festival production of “Mr. Pim Passes By.” The cast also includes Louise Amuir as the architect’s avenging wife, Ricky Flatla as his bemused son, and Brian March as the best friend who thinks he’s lost his marbles. Western Edge Artistic Producer Frank Moher directs. “The Goat” will also be among Western Edge Theatre’s line-up of four productions during upcoming 2009-10 season at the Nanaimo Entertainment Centre.

Originally produced to multiple standing ovations by Western Edge last Fall, “My Name is Rachel Corrie” asks a fascinating question: why would a 23 year-old leave her home in Olympia, Washington to work in the Gaza Strip, and ultimately stand between a bulldozer and a Palestinian home? The answer has moved audiences around the world to laughter, tears, and debate. Featuring Gabriola’s Portia Boehm, “My Name is Rachel Corrie” will travel to Victoria and Courtenay after its performance on Gabriola.

The Gabriola Theatre Festival opens at 8 pm on Friday, August 21, 2009, with a performance of “The Goat”. “My Name is Rachel Corrie” will be presented at 2 pm on Saturday, August 22, 2008, followed by a repeat performance of “The Goat” at 5 pm. For ticket information, and the complete line-up of eight Festival productions plus special events, visit gabriolatheatrefestival.ca, or phone 250-247-9144.