Gabriola Players present: FACTS

Gabriola Players

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Monday, January 5 2015

Gabriola Players is bringing what the Georgia Straight’s Colin Thomas called a “handsome production” of a gripping story based on the actual murder of an American archaeologist in Palestine. “FACTS,” produced by the United Players of Vancouver with professional actors and director, comes to Gabriola Island Community Hall on Saturday January 10 for two performances: 2:30 p.m. (pay-what-you-can) and 7:30 p.m. (all tickets $20). 

Canadian playwright, Arthur Milner, has created an exciting Israeli-Palestinian investigation into the murder. Milner’s own family narrowly escaped the holocaust and his father went on to be a staunch right-wing Zionist. The murdered archaeologist’s fieldwork seriously challenged Zionist claims that Palestine was “a land without people.” In the play, Milner reflects a nuanced understanding of Middle East politics, and the Palestinian police inspector and the Israeli police detective work in partnership to find the killer. Staged in the round, the audience and cast are together in a West Bank interrogation room where the drama unfolds.

As the Israeli detective, Jerry Wasserman (who has about 200 films to his credit) plays a character who Jo Leddingham (Vancouver Courier) describes as “explosive, brutal, unpredictable and dangerous” and James Gill, who plays the accused settler, as “like a rodent about to be torn apart by a predator.” Colin Thomas comments that Mehdi Darvish, the Palestinian policeman, “makes a strong contrast: although he participates in roughing Danny up...refuses to sacrifice reason in the pursuit of a personal agenda.” 

Gabriolan producer, Richard Strachan, first saw the play performed in London, England. It has since been translated into Arabic and played in Israel, Palestine and Turkey. 

Tickets available at North Road Sports, at the door or online at