World Premier of Fireweed

Nanaimo’s Western Edge Theatre has gone to the dogs — or dog — with the world premiere of Brian March’s mischievous and touching play Fireweed, opening Friday, January 22, 2010. “‘Fireweed is the best new play we’ve premiered yet” says Western Edge artistic producer Frank Moher. “Besides the fact that it’s about a dog — and who doesn’t like dogs? — it’s a beautiful portrait of a man who rediscovers love, even after it seems to be irretrievably gone.”

Fireweed features Barrie Baker as Willy, a sage and randy old mutt. Rescued from the pound, he proceeds to teach his new owner, a widowed botanist, a few new tricks — including what to do about the charming woman they meet on their mountainside walks. Bill Miner plays the botanist, Ted, with Brian March, Sherrie McLean, and Nicole Busby also featured in the cast. Brian March directs.

Fireweed first plays for two performances at The Haven’s Phoenix Theatre, 240 Davis Road on Gabriola Island, on Friday, January 22, and Saturday, January 23, 2010, at 7:30 pm. Gabriola ticket holders are offered 10% off dinner at The Haven before the show. It then moves to the Nanaimo Entertainment Centre, 46 Nicol Street, for performances on Friday, January 29 and Saturday, January 30, 2010, at 7:30 pm, with a matinee on Sunday, January 31, 2010, at 2 pm.

Tickets cost $20 for adults, $17 for seniors (65+), and $10 for students, available by phone at 250-325-7777 or 1-888-320-3343, and at Gabriola Artworks.