Western Edge Theatre opens season with “When I’m 64” on Gabriola

Western Edge Theatre

Press Release

Tuesday, September 13 2016

The lives of five 60+ women in a Vancouver Island seaside town intersect in moving, funny and unexpected ways in the opening play of Western Edge Theatre’s 2016-17 season, “When I’m 64”, by Comox playwright Steve Hill.

For the characters in “When I’m 64”, the third act of their lives is both a challenge and an adventure. Trish is a breast cancer survivor who has taken up dragonboating; Lotus is a “self-employed hippie” and big fan of personal development courses; Joan is an 86-year old shut-in widow with a long-withheld story to tell her daughter; Sonja is a newcomer to internet dating; and Alexandra is a big-city executive who uses her visits to Vancouver Island to even the score with her cheating husband. Change is in the air for each of them, as well as for one of the local “bag ladies,” whose home in a tent city is about to be torn down.

The cast, drawn from Qualicum Beach to Nanaimo to Gabriola Island to Mill Bay, features Barbara Christofferson, Jennifer Feenan, Judy Hipkin, Paulette McCarthy, Clarice McCord & Lorna McLellan. Staging and set design are by Frank Moher, with Jocelyn Dickson as stage manager and lighting design by Erik Tully.

“When I’m 64” previews on Gabriola Island on Fri., Sept. 16 at 7:30 pm and Sun., Sept. 18 at 2 pm, at The Roxy (Twin Beaches Mall, 377 Berry Pt. Rd., Gabriola). All tickets for the preview performances cost $15, available on Gabriola at The Hive, online at westernedge.org