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Beggars at the Waters of Immortality


Purgatory, At The Hawk’s Well and The Cat and The Moon

Devised and Directed by Anthony F. Ingram

“I call to the eye of the mind/A well long choked up and dry…”

Dumb Prophet Equity Co-op, in association with Pacific Theatre and Origins Theatre Projects is proud to present the Canadian premiere of three of William Butler Yeats’ one-act plays, devised as one intriguing evening of theatre by director Anthony F. Ingram as “Beggars at the Waters of Immortality”.

A son discovers his father’s bitter past, two irreverent beggars search for a miracle, and the siren call of immortality beckons from an enchanted spring. Three unconventional stories from W. B. Yeats, the celebrated poet and father of Irish theatre, blend myth, music and dance: “At the Hawk’s Well”, “The Cat and the Moon”, and “Purgatory”.

Stratford Conservatory graduate, and seasoned Vancouver theatre artist Anthony F. Ingram shares his long-held passion for Yeats’ dramatic imagination with a company who are thrilled by the power and beauty of Yeats’ lyrical text. “These are theatrically rich plays, charged with all the elements of a truly alive theatre,” says Director Anthony F. Ingram.

Actor/Writer/Producer Donnard MacKenzie (Shakespeare Project, Mark Anthony, Origins Theatre Projects) whose family is from Yeats home county in Ireland says, “When I first read them, I could not believe how this felt like home to me—the rhythm, the tone, the dark humour—I just love it.” Original music by musician/actor Varya Rubin (Shakespeare Project) performed live by herself, and the acclaimed sound designer Bill Moysey and the multi-talents of actor/musician Valerie Sing Turner of Fugitive and Yoko Ono Project fame. Rounding out the performing company is Kyle Rideout, (currently performing in Pacific Theatre’s production of “Halo”) recently declared “ a star in the making’ by the Georgia Straight, and noted for his recent work at Studio 58 as Hamlet.

The exacting design and technical team includes: Anthony F. Ingram (Sets) Anne Meeson (Costumes) Laura South (Lighting) and Lynette Candy (Stage Manager.)

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, dramatist and prose writer, one of the greatest English-language poets of the 20th century. Yeats received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923. His work spans the late romantic poets, and his fascination with mysticism into a more physical and realistic style. His founding of the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, with Lady Augusta Gregory and others, led to the discovery of several noted modern playwrights. Some of his popularly known works include The Tower (1928) and Last Poems (1940). We recommend the website http://www.online-literature.com/yeats/ for an introduction to Yeats’ work.

The play runs January 14-29, 2005
at Pacific Theatre
1440 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, BC

Tuesdays – Saturdays 8pm, with Saturday matinees 2pm
Tickets $14.00 - $28.00

“Pay-What-You-Will” Tuesdays

Box Office 604.731.5518
or purchase online at PACIFICTHEATRE.ORG


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