Pieces of Eight
Eight singles band together to buy a house in Kits ... what could possibly go wrong?
Are impossible property prices and crushing rent payments sucking the fun out of Vancouver living? Or… are they a blessing in disguise for people determined to find true happiness living here?
Putting the question differently, what can ordinary citizens do to solve the housing crisis? If we wait for government to figure out a solution, we could be waiting a long time. Is it possible for what’s left of the middle class to crack the problem themselves, without any government money or government regulations to help them?
Well… yes! Pieces of Eight shows what such an outcome might look like, what obstacles lie along the path, and what the side effects could be. It’s not all sacrifice and misery, surprisingly enough. In fact, for most, it’s a new world for which their hearts were long secretly pining.
September 6-14, 2019
Run time: 75 minutes
Fri. Sept. 6 10:05 pm 1/2 Price Night
Sat. Sept. 7 4:35 pm
Sun. Sept. 8 12:15 pm
Mon. Sept. 9 5:00 pm
Thur. Sept. 12 8:30 pm
Sat. Sept. 14 7:45 pm
Daniel is a local actor, writer, and comedian, originally from the Sunshine Coast. He has appeared in critically acclaimed theatrical performances such as Cashless and the first run of Pieces of Eight. He also has many other film, TV, and commercial credits. Daniel’s Mission Statement is to be a positive contributing member of the arts industry here in Vancouver.
as Romulus Brown
Featured as Nina Young in Publius' first show, Cashless, Rhea has had the opportunity to be in many short films -- one of which is set to be a part of VQFF this year -- and she portrayed Alex Song in a webseries called Totally Normal. Rhea is currently in the midst of writing a short film, music, and making funny Instagram videos to blow off steam and live her life. She is excited to bring Pieces of Eight to the Fringe 2019!
Jamie is honoured to be working with such a great cast and crew. He suspects that audiences for this production will never look at Vancouver real estate again in the same way. Jamie divides his time between film work and theatre. He was pleased to play Prince Edward in the film Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal. Past theatre highlights include Cashless at the Havana Theatre, the tap-flamenco version of Grease at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, two shows in White Rock (Harvey and Leading Ladies), three shows at the Metro Theatre (Sleeping Beauty, Comic Potential, and Robin Hood) and the dual role of executive producer and performer for That Old Tap Magic at Studio 16 in 2016. Many thanks to his wife Beth for her encouragement and willingness to review lines.
as the Mayor of Vancouver
Jessica is a graduate of the SchoolCreative alumni and has been performing since childhood, continuing to develop her skills as an artist. She has worked in commercials, voice-overs, in film and TV. In her spare time Jessica can be found playing with her new puppy, sipping on a chai tea latte, or performing improv around town. Jess also performs with Hype, an improvised hiphopera performed once a month at the Havana Theatre on Friday nights!
Jesse graduated from Mount Royal University Theatre Arts in 2012, had the amazing opportunity to play Francis Flute aka Thisbe in Shakespeare in the Park (Theatre Calgary) the same year and featured in League of Bronze of YouTube fame. A few shows and a few years later he moved to Vancouver in 2017 to continue his pursuit of theatre and film.
as Brant / City Hall Staffer / Dieter
Originally from Adelaide, Australia, Katherine received a Bachelor of Creative Writing before studying full time at the Howard Fine Acting Studio in Melbourne. She moved to Vancouver in 2015 and graduated from the Vancouver Film School with a Diploma in Acting for Film & Television. Katherine continues to develop her craft and is excited to be part of a production that is so relevant and powerful.
as Plucheria / Lobbyist / Waitress
Shayn Walker is an Alberta boy now living in Vancouver. Star of film and TV you can see Shayn is such shows as Altered Carbon, The Followers, and Flash. However, once he realized he had an opportunity to work with THE Hans Potter he stepped away from the silver screen to step back onto the stage. Come and see Shayn this Vancouver Fringe in Pieces of Eight.
Hailing from Rockport, Ontario, a 12 year old Amelia got into community theatre and quickly fell in love with the craft and community. Over the next five years she would perform in over 25 theatrical productions, both amateur and professional. She performed as part of a traveling murder mystery troupe with Galloping Coconut Productions, which took her all over Ontario, including to the Ottawa Fringe Festival. After booking a lead role in a local indie film she moved to Vancouver to pursue acting training at the Vancouver Academy of Dramatic Arts, studying the techniques of Stanislavski, Uta Hagen, and Meisner, among others. Amelia is excited to be returning to theatre this year in this production of Pieces of Eight.
as Sky / City Hall Lawyer
Born and raised in Alberta, Ty moved to Vancouver in 2016 to start training to become a professional actor. Since then he has appeared in multiple short films, skits, and showcases. When not acting or writing Ty enjoys listening to music, spending quality time with friends, and cooking.
as Cynic / Carl
Desiree has been performing in and around Vancouver for many years. She has been lucky to perform on many stages around town, including the Commodore and the old Yale Club. She is excited to be in her first Fringe play along with her friends and long-time band mates, Kurt and Ian.
For over 20 years Kurt has been weaving magic with keyboards and with other instruments as a child. Kurt is also a car buff and the proud owner of a classic 1967 American muscle car.
Ian started playing guitar at age nine and has since been in many cover and original bands. When not making music he enjoys spending time with his grandkids.
Pieces of Eight is Nathan’s second play. Do solutions to our toughest problems lie in a simple re-framing of assumptions? Horrid housing, toxic commutes, resisting dictatorship while searching for true social connection. Nathan hopes all viewers find something relevant to their own life struggles in the play.
Playwright / Producer
Hans started his performance journey at a young age. Pursuing an acting degree at the University of Alberta, he first started in theatre. In the summer of 2013 he made the transition to film and television and made appearances on TV shows such as Legends of Tomorrow and Eternity Tomorrow and the films Bigfoot Country and Valley of the Rats. He played the lead character in Cashless and is happy to be back working with Publius as director of this Fringe premier of Pieces of Eight.
Kate is so pleased to be working on such a relevant play. Stage management credits include Urinetown (CTYP & Touchstone Theatre), Rabbit Hole (Vancouver Fringe 2018), The Importance of Being Earnest (Coffeehouse Theatre), OBIT: a deathly serious comedy (Vancouver Fringe 2017), as well as various projects with Arts Umbrella, Beverley Elliott, the Kettle Society Choir, and Vancouver Opera. Technician credits: Elephant & Piggie (CTYP), Brave New Play Rites Festival 2019, and It’s a Wonderful Life (Gateway Theatre). Kate is also a co-founder and president of Coffeehouse Theatre Society.