The Patron Saint of Stanley Park by ert554898


November 3, 2010
media contact:
Nicole McLuckie
604.687.5315 x 243

                                                       Arts Club Theatre Company presents
                                                       the world premiere of
                                                       The Patron Saint of
                                                       Stanley Park
                                                       By Hiro Kanagawa
                                                       November 25 – December 26, 2010
                                                       Media opening: December 1
                                                       Revue Stage
  IN BRIEF: Arts Club Theatre Company presents The Patron Saint of Stanley Park at the Revue Stage (1601
  Johnston Street) from November 25 to December 26, 2010 (MEDIA OPENING: December 1). Monday at 8
  pm, Tuesday at 7:30 pm, Wednesday–Saturday at 8 pm, and Wednesday & Saturday at 2 pm. Tickets
  are $25 and $35, inclusive of all tax and fees. Call the Arts Club Box Office at 604.687.1644 or visit

VANCOUVER, B.C. — A Magical Holiday Fable. On a wild and stormy Christmas Eve, a mysterious
vagabond rescues two fatherless children and takes them to a fantastical world beneath Stanley Park's
Prospect Point. During the course of the magical night, the children will experience wondrous visions—
visions which may help them understand the truth about their father, their mysterious saviour, and the
healing power of love.
The Patron Saint of Stanley Park is written by Hiro Kanagawa, who is a familiar face on many Vancouver-
shot television series, including The X-Files and DaVinci’s Inquest, as well as feature films such as Best in
Show. He is also a well-respected teacher, voice actor, and writer, with story editing credits on DaVinci’s
Inquest: City Hall and Intelligence. In 2003, Kanagawa’s debut play, Tiger of Malaya, premiered at the
National Arts Centre of Canada.
This latest work was born out of the Arts Club Silver Commissions Project and is the third world premiere
for the company in as many months. “I have admired Hiro's work for quite some time,” says Bill Millerd,
Arts Club Artistic Managing Director, “and Rachel [Ditor, Arts Club Literary Manager] and I wanted him to
be one of our first commissions. I’m thrilled with what he delivered to us.”
The resulting work has elements of both fantasy and realism and will appeal to both adults and younger
audiences with its emotion, action, and humour. Says Kanagawa, “The Patron Saint of Stanley Park is a
contemporary variation on the stories told about Saint Nicholas of Myra, the protector of children who is
now commonly associated with Santa Claus.”
“The Revue Stage is the perfect, intimate setting for this mystical and seasonal story,” adds Ditor. “Like
our other holiday shows, Patron Saint celebrates the joy of this time of year as well as poignantly
reminding us of our own fragility and the importance of community.”
By Hiro Kanagawa. Starring Jillian Fargey, Brian Linds, Derek Metz, introducing Valsy Bergeron and Joseph
Gustafson. Director Stephen Drover. Set Designer Naomi Sider. Costume Designer Carmen Alatorre. Lighting
Designer Conor Moore. Sound Designer Noah Drew. Dramaturg Rachel Ditor. Stage Manager Marion
Anderson. Assistant Stage Manager Colleen Totten


“With his skilled and stirring play, Kanagawa has demonstrated he is an important new voice in Canadian
theatre” —Ottawa Citizen

“Handsome and intelligently provocative” —The Georgia Straight



  The Arts Club Theatre Company, now in its 47th season, is the largest theatre company in Western Canada, offering the
 best in professional theatre at each of their three venues: the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Granville Island Stage, and
                                   Revue Stage, as well as on tour throughout the province.
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