Pacific Theatre is set to host a panel discussion in response to questions raised in the world premiere of Lucia Frangione’s Leave of Absence, currently in production at the theatre.
With a play that explores such complex issues as teen sexuality, spirituality and bullying, Pacific Theatre’s Community Engagement Manager Kaitlin Williams says that it important to gives audiences an opportunity to engage around the questions and themes raised in the play.
“Leave of Absence is steeped in ideas that call out for deeper discussion,” says Williams. “What can we take away from this beautiful piece of theatre? What is our response? This panel discussion gives our audience a chance to hear from some people who have spent a lot of time engaging with these themes.”
Among the panel members is Leave of Absence playwright Lucia Frangione who will be on hand to give a deeper understanding of her new play.
“I was asked to be on the panel and very happy to oblige so I can field any questions people have about the play itself, the character choices, and the challenge it was to provide a fresh, well-balanced debate. Especially given that I personally don’t agree with the perspective of some characters,” says Frangione.
The panel will also include Robin Perry, Education and Outreach Community Developer at QMUNITY and Denis Benoit of Dignity Canada, an organization of Roman Catholics who are concerned about its church’s sexual theology, particularly as it pertains to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons. The panel will be moderated by Caroline MacGillivray, National Executive Director and founder of Beauty Night Society and host of CiTR radio’s Sexy in Vancity.
Sexuality, spirituality, and bullying: a panel discussion
Saturday, February 9 at approximately 4:30pm (following the matinee performance of Leave of Absence)
Pacific Theatre, 1440 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
Admission to the panel discussion is free. Visit http://pacifictheatre.org for more information.