NOW OR LATER
by Christopher Shinn
PAL Theatre, 581 Cardero Street
“NOW OR LATER is as potent as David Mamet’s OLEANNA in its exposure of how liberal creeds can—one way or another—be murkily tied in with intolerance. Shinn reworks diverse real-life headlines into a gripping dramatic knot.” —Independent (London)
On election night, the son of a presidential candidate sends his father’s political team into crisis mode when controversial photos of him at a college party spread over the internet, potentially sparking an international incident. Smart and timely, Christopher Shinn’s searching new play examines religion, freedom of expression and personal responsibility.
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 CATS, INTO THE WOODS, SPRING AWAKENING, SWEENEY TODD, RENT and THE LARAMIE PROJECT for Fighting Chance, BOEING-BOEING, 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). In addition to NOW OR LATER Ryan will also be directing SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE for United Players.
ALLYSON FOURNIER (ASSISTANT DIRECTOR): Allyson is a graduate of Capilano University’s Bachelor of Motion Picture Arts program, and she has experience directing drama and comedy for the stage and screen. Most recently, she directed a staged reading of Laura Wade’s dark comedy Posh at Studio 1398. Her recent stage credits include FCP’s American Idiot as Heather. She’s excited to be assistant directing Now Or Later and she hopes you enjoy the show.
AMBER SCOTT (STAGE MANAGER): As former student of Red Deer Colleges Technical Theatre program, Amber is excited to be a part of her very first Fighting Chance Production. She has been away from the theatre for what she feels is far too long and is happy to be back with such a great cast and crew.
NAZANIN SHOJA (COSTUME DESIGN): Nazanin is excited to be working with the Fighting Chance team for this season’s production of Now or Later. Her passion for wardrobe styling and costume crafting started at an early age, inspired by her many years of performing in dance, theatre and film. She is a graduate of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in Toronto and holds a degree in Performing Arts from the Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France. She is proud to have recently performed as Exotica in Fighting Chance’s CTC nominated production of Cats and as the Good Fairy in Metro Theatre’s Ovation Award nominated Pantomime of Sleeping Beauty. She is also an avid advocate for public engagement in the arts through her role as provincial manager in B.C. for the annual Canada-wide Culture Days celebrations.
ALISON WALKER (SET DESIGN): Alison recently returned to the world of musical theatre after eight long years of globe trotting, pretending to be an adult and a university degree in Architectural Science and Design. Her first musical in Vancouver and first time working with Fighting Chance Productions was in VIRGINS: A Musical Threesome, earlier this year. Her previous musicals all took place in the Comox Valley, with her highschool, Vanier Studio Theatre and community theatre companies Rainbow Youth Theatre and Courtenay Little Theatre where she had roles in The King and I, Urinetown and Lil’ Abner. She has always wanted to venture into the world of theatrical scenic design, and is really excited to be given to opportunity to design the set for Now or Later. She hopes to continue continue working with the theatre community both on and off the stage in the future, and hopes this is the beginning of a new, long-term adventure!
JUSTIN ANTHONY (MATT): Justin is an Alberta-born artist fresh out of this year’s Arts Club Actor’s Intensive. His favourite roles in theatre to date are Eugene Morris Jerome in Brighton Beach Memoirs and the title character of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Film and television work includes Star Trek Beyond, Untold Stories of the ER, as well as many stints competing in internationally recognized submissions to Film Racing. Justin’s proudest endeavour thus far is as co-writer, co-producer and actor in the Leo Award nominated sci-fi action concept (now web series) Soldiers of Earth.
BRIAN HINSON (JOHN SR.): Favorite roles: Harry Hay, The Temperamentals (Fighting Chance Productions); Judge, Romance (Queer Arts Society, Best of VC Fringe 2012); Cool, London Assurance and Bevan, People (United Players); Sideway, Our Country’s Good (UBC Players); Mason, Take Me Out (Las Vegas Little Theatre). There could not be a more appropriate time to present Now or Later. As an expatriate from the US, I am particularly thrilled to be a part of it. Thank you, Ryan!
NICOLE G. LEIER (TRACY): Nicole G Leier, originally from Canada, is residing in West Hollywood to further her acting career. Nicole’s primary focus is acting, Apart from acting, Nicole produces films with her production company “Black Tree Pictures”. Nicole also enjoys writing and has plans to write and produce more projects in the future. Nicole loves to be involved in every aspect of film and theatre creation as it gives her a deeper understanding of her art.
JAKE SHEARDOWN (JOHN): Jake is beyond thrilled to be making his Fighting Chance Productions debut with Now or Later. He recently graduated with a diploma from Vancouver Film School’s Acting Program. This is also his stage debut in Vancouver. Jake is very grateful for the opportunity to strut his proverbial acting stuff with his fellow actors in Now or Later and with Fighting Chance Productions.
PAULA SPURR (JESSICA): Paula Spurr is an actor/musician currently residing in South Surrey, BC. A natural performer, Paula has been seeking out the spotlight in some form all of her life: singer/songwriter, TV host, radio personality, bluegrass bass player, theatre actor…whatever it takes to stay busy and creative! In recent years, Paula has played Mother Miriam in Alchemy Theatre’s Agnes of God, and Goody Nurse in The Crucible, under Ryan Mooney’s direction. Paula is thrilled to be working with Ryan again on another thought-provoking project! In her spare time, she sings and plays bass in the country trio The Honky Tonk Dilettantes, and hopes if you want to get your twang on, you’ll come see her band around town sometime.
WINSON WON (MARC): A Graduate of York University, and trained at The Second City Toronto, Winson has worked in film, television, radio, commercials/corporate industrials and print. Since relocating from Toronto, Winson has appeared in several shows like Arrow, Supernatural and can be seen in the upcoming CW remake Frequency as Detective Edward Liu. He is represented by Candace Fulton at KirkTalent.com
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DIRECTIONS AND PARKING
PAL Studio Theatre is located at 581 Cardero Street (Just off of Georgia Street).
There is pay parking on the street as well as a pay parking lot off of Bayshore Drive.
PAL Studio Theatre is easily accessible via transit – take any bus heading to North Vancouver or West Vancouver from Robson and Granville and there is a stop right at Cardero and Georgia.
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