About the Play
TELL-TALE is the story of Emil, the mild-mannered undertaker whose unspoken passion for a local real-estate woman who comes to all his funerals leads him to commit crimes and plot a way to confess his true feelings before time—and bodies—run out. THE THIEF OF TEARS is Mac, a beautiful Los Angeles drifter, who makes her living stealing jewelry from corpses. When her wealthy grandmother dies, leaving her nothing, Mac returns to her hometown and attempts to pry loose her inheritance, a diamond ring her grandmother promised Mac when she was a child. Her attempt leads Mac to find there are more obstacles to getting the ring off grandma’s finger than she had imagined, and more revelations about her own past than she had bargained for. THIRTEEN THINGS ABOUT ED CARPOLOTTI is the story of Virginia, the widow of a wheeler-dealer contractor, who discovers that her husband has left her in debt to the banks, her family and the mob. As Virginia struggles to escape her creditors and understand how her husband could have left her in such pain and doubt, a mysterious list of “thirteen things” embarrassing to Ed is offered to her if she can come up with one million dollars in three days. Virginia doesn’t have the money, but she does have hidden resources and is saved by an unseen benefactor. As the play ends, Virginia’s benefactor is revealed, along with what the mysterious “thirteen things” are—revelations that resurrect the love and trust thought lost forever.
Three Viewings is produced by special arrangement with Concord Theatricals (Samuel French)
Although the monologues that comprise Three Viewings all take place in a funeral home, they are certainly not dreary or humourless. Just as we often laugh in remembrance at a funeral, we find humour, warmth and candour in this finely structured play, as three fascinating characters tell us their connected tales about dramatic choices made and the consequences that follow. We may find their views of the world unusual, even shocking at times, but the cumulative effect of their absorbing stories is to touch us, amuse us and to comfort us too. As with all theatrical characters, Emil, Mac, and Virginia are with us only briefly. I hope that, as they pass through your world tonight, they will leave a lingering appreciation behind, much the way we are marked by remembering a dear or especially interesting person from our own lives who has passed on.
– Karen Golden
Welcome to Hendry Hall. We know our patrons always love coming to the “Best Little Theatre” on the North Shore. This season’s line up of shows promises to please everyone with drama, comedy and love. Our first play of the season, Three Viewings gives you a little taste of all three! We hope you will enjoy it and will come back to see our other productions as well as our “always sold out” Christmas Pantomime. If you would like to join into the fun on and off stage, please check out our website North Van Players under the section Volunteer. We would love to have you aboard. – Fran Heaney
|Emil – Tell Tale
|Mac – The Thief of Tears
|Virginia – Thirteen Things About Ed Carpolotti
|Gord Pope, and Barry Walker
|Stephen Torrence, and Jayden Lucas
|Lighting and Sound Operator
|Jayden Lucas, and Peter Zednik
|Publicity and Program
|Opening Night Catering
|Original Performance Dates
|September 5 to 20, 2014
|The Theatre at Hendry Hall, North Vancouver, BC
|1 hour and 40 minutes
|Special Thanks To
|Nigel Barker, Jennifer Huva, Rob Pope,
Meghan McGuinness, Sentinel Secondary School
|Director – Karen is glad to be directing once again at Hendry Hall, having previously directed Bea’s Niece here in 2012. Since that time she has also directed Athena’s Self-Defence for Girls-To-Be (Shidokan Productions) and Magic To Do: A Stephen Schwartz Songbook (Intimate Theatre Productions). She is most grateful to the very talented and congenial team of cast and crew who have worked away in a dark theatre during the glorious summer months to bring Three Viewings to life, and of course to the faithful patrons who make it all worthwhile. Special thanks must go to the gracious and talented Fran Heaney, Production Manager AND Actor Extraordinaire, and to Stephen, of course, the best husband, work partner and stage manager ever!
|Mac – Elaina is surprised and grateful to be invited back into the welcoming world of NVCP. What a mad rush this character has been! Thanks so much to Karen for picking this roller-coaster of a show and to everyone backstage for making it happen. Thanks especially to Fof for monologue coaching and dialect tweaking. You might remember Elaina from NVCP’s production of Bluff in 2012, in which she played numerous characters. More recently, she has acted as stage manager for Shidokan Productions’ Athena’s Self-Defence for Girls-To-Be and NVCP’s Sleeping Beauty.
|Emil – Francis is a graduate of Studio 58’s Theatre Arts Program. He has been involved in theatre for over 20 years and Three Viewings is his first production with NVCP. After a too-long absence from the stage, he is happy to back performing, last summer playing Henry Higgins in Theatre in the Country’s production of My Fair Lady. Previously, he has performed in several productions in and around Vancouver, most notably Navy Wife, Tent Meeting and The Foreigner for Pacific Theatre, as well as Richard III and As You Like It with Bard on the Beach. Francis will soon be performing in the Canadian premiere of the musical Darling with Springboard Theatre in October and then back to Theatre in the Country in February 2015, performing in 39 Steps.
|Virginia – Fran is happy to be back on stage after nearly two years. Last seen in Deep Cove Stage Society’s It Was a Dark and Stormy Night and Hendry Hall’s Sacred Flame and A Tomb With a View, Three Viewings is a wonderful challenge, heightened by only three weeks’ rehearsal! Fran is always busy around Hendry Hall in many capacities, including winning Best Properties at Theatre BC’s Mainstage in July for God of Carnage and currently serving as President of NVCP! The character of Virginia is warm and funny and a pleasure to play. Thanks to my at-home prompter, Art!