Music and Lyrics by David Rigano
Book by Mark Eugene Garcia
Directed by Ryan Mooney / Music Direction by Steven Greenfield & Clare Wyatt
April 23 – May 14, 2016 at the Jericho Arts Centre
A Co-Production between Fighting Chance Productions and Nathan Gardner in association with Sean Bryan, Deborah Barrigan and Danny Brooke
FACING EAST follows an upstanding Mormon couple faced with the suicide of their gay son. When they unexpectedly meet their son’s partner they must face a reality long ignored, and reconcile feelings with beliefs. Vancouver audiences will be the first to see a fully-staged production of this moving new work, which has its eyes set toward New York and London!
RYAN MOONEY (DIRECTOR): As the founder and artistic director for Fighting Chance Productions Ryan is a multi CTC and Ovation Award winning director. Select directing credits include Into the Woods, Spring Awakening, Sweeney Todd, Rent and The Laramie Project for Fighting Chance, The Crucible and Noises Off for the White Rock Players’ Club and Facing East at the Lyric Theatre in London, England. As an actor Ryan has recently been on stage in Parfumerie and Lend Me a Tenor (Metro Theatre), Barefoot in the Park (White Rock Players’ Club – CTC Nomination) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Fighting Chance Productions – CTC Winner).
STEVEN GREENFIELD (MUSIC DIRECTOR): For Fighting Chance Productions: Debut: The Musical of Musicals – The Musical! Other Theatre: Music Director: Red Rock Diner (Arts Club Theatre Company), James and the Gian Peach, Busytown, The Wizard of Oz, Seussical (Carousel Theatre), Darling (Springboard Theatre Productions), Waiting for the Parade (Western Canada Theatre/1000 Islands Playhouse), Singing’ in the Rain (Chemainus Theatre Festival), The Spitfire Grill (Pacific Theatre), Mimi (Or a Poisoner’s Comedy) (Touchstone Theatre), and Edges (Streetlight). Actor: Gunmetal Blues (Globe Theatre), Bemused (Theatre North West), Ordinary Days (Relephant Theatre), The Spitfire Grill (Pacific Theatre), Titanic (Theatre Under the Stars), ‘Motel’ in Fiddler on the Roof (Chemainus Theatre Festival, Western Canada Theatre), ‘Moist’ in Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (Broadway West/Relephant Theatre). Other: Jessie Award winner and seven0time nominee. OVATION! Award winner and three-time nominee. Graduate of Grant MacEwan College Theatre Arts. Thanks to Ryan. Special thanks to family, friends, JvRG and Gotham for their love and support. Twitter & Instagram: @greenfieldsteve
FRANCIS BOYLE (ALEX): Francis is excited to making his debut with FCP and is honored to be working on this very important production. After a long absence from the stage he is happy to back performing. Returning summer 2013 as Henry Higgins in MY FAIR LADY (TITC), since then and most recently he played Larry in COMPANY (United Players), Ray in BLACKBIRD at the Vancouver Fringe Festival (Aenigma Theatre), Richard in ONE+ONE (Pipedream), Emil in THREE VEIWINGS (NVCP), and Capitan Rose in DARLING (Springboard). Previously Francis had been involved in theatre for over 20 years, performing with Pacific Theatre, Bard on the Beach, Gateway Theatre, WCTC and Hoarse Raven Theatre to name a few. Francis is a graduate of Studio 58.
MANDANA NAMAZI (RUTH): Mandana is happy to return to the FCP stage after a long absence (last seen in SIDE BY SID BY SONDHEIM). Bandana has been performing for about 18 years on various stages. Some favourite credits include: Catherine in THESE SHINING LIVES (DCSS – Theatre BC Award of Best Actress), Sister Amnesia in NUNSENSE (Footlight – CTC Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical), Fosca in PASSION (APPLAUSE! Musicals in Concert – Ovation Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role), Zombina in ZOMBIES FROM THE BEYOND (NVCP), Theresa in MARION BRIDGE (Vagabond Players – Theatre BC Award for Best Ensemble) and Aglaea in WELCOME TO THEBES (United Players). Mandana first met Ryan when she played Eliza in MY FAIR LADY (just over 14 years ago) and got to share the stage with him. She is thrilled to have him direct her in this first fully-staged production of a very important play.