THE EXQUISITE HOUR
May 1 – 12, 2012
Tuesday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and Sundays at 4pm
The Revue Stage (1601 Johnson Street, Granville Island)
VANCOUVER, BC – The 2010 Vancouver Fringe hit is back – The Relephants are looking to put a little spring in your step, and add a little summer to your spring with the anticipated remount of The Exquisite Hour.
“Are you satisfied with what you know?” A simple question doesn’t always have a simple answer. This is the lesson learned on a late summer night in 1962 by confirmed bachelor Zachary Teale. Sweet like lemonade, but cut with a kick of bourbon, Stewart Lemoine’s The Exquisite Hour sees Teale’s world turned upside-down after meeting a lovely (and mysterious) woman. One lovely hour plays out in real time as the alluring Helen Darimont leads Zachary to question knowledge, imagination, and the value of time.
Originally scheduled to perform as part of the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company’s inaugural Recital Hall Series in the 2011/2012 Season, the production was cancelled after the Playhouse’s sudden closure on March 10, 2012. The production was quickly moved from the Vancouver Playhouse Recital Hall to the Revue Stage on Granville Island, and rescheduled for a May run.
Co-producer Steven Greenfield was blown away by the generosity of other members in the industry: “The community truly stepped up in our hour of need. When the announcement was made, our group was at a loss of what to do. We knew that the show had to happen – we had everything lined up, and had been planning it for over a year. We needed to find a home for it. We are extremely grateful for the assistance we’ve received from the Arts Club Theatre Company, as well as other members of the community.”
Director Julie McIsaac is eager to bring this show back to Vancouver audiences: “We’re inviting audiences to come spend this very special hour with us… it’s a garden party, it’s a quirky comedy, it’s a tender tale of those tiny tragedies that shut us down, and of the simple questions that can open us up.”
Stepping into Helen’s shoes (and vivacious beehive glory) is emerging actor Nevada Yates Robart, and playing quiet bachelor Zachary will be Jessie-nominated actor Josue Laboucane. Thanks to Set & Costume Designer Jessie van Rijn, Lighting Designer Ian Schimpf, and Sound Designer Steven Greenfield, the Relephants will be sprinkling their own brand of whimsical magic at the Revue Stage on Granville Island, as the traditional theatre space is transformed into a 1960’s backyard party, complete with glasses of ice cold lemonade for audience members.
Come on over! The grass is green, the air is warm, the lemonade is spiked (well, bourbon is available for those who want an extra kick!). A lovely, hilarious and surprisingly surprising (trust us) slice of an hour, in a day, in a life. It’s the very best place to be.
Regular: $22 1/2 Price Preview (May 1, 8pm): $11
Box Office: 604.629.8849
The Exquisite Hour by Stewart Lemoine
Directed by Julie McIsaac
Featuring Josue Laboucane and Nevada Yates Robart
Set and Costume Design by Jessie van Rijn
Lighting Design by Ian Schimpf
Sound Design by Steven Greenfield
Stage Management by Melanie Thompson
This is a Canadian Actors’ Equity Association approved Co-op
Media Contact: Jessie van Rijn, relephanttheatre[at]gmail.com
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