Vancouver theatre audiences can catch Catherine Lough Haggquist on stage in The North Plan, Jason Wells’ riotous and eerily relevant dark comedy making its Canadian Premiere in Vancouver, courtesy of Upintheair Theatre.
Here are the details:
After a ruthless faction seizes power in Washington, Carlton Berg, a bureaucrat for the State Department, runs off with the new regime’s top secret enemies list. Unfortunately for Carlton, the chase has come to an end in a police station in the Ozarks town of Lodus. As Department of Homeland Security agents close in, he must convince an unwilling set of confidants—an unsympathetic police chief, a law-abiding administration assistant, and fellow prisoner Tanya Shepke, a motor-mouthed recidivist who’s turned herself in for drunk driving and thinks Skynyrd should be on the new money — of his plans to expose the new regime.
Inspired by real-life US government initiatives—the Readiness Exercise 1984, and Main Core—the premise of play is unnervingly plausible and highly apt in light of Bill C-51, Edward Snowden’s revelations, and Chicago’s Homan Square detainment scandal. The North Plan is a suspenseful, unsettling, and often hilarious portrayal of what happens when democratic order has been upended. The production is staged in a site-installed space in Vancouver’s Chinatown open to the public for the first time. The revolution starts now.
Catherine Lough Haggquist plays Shonda, the aforementioned administrative assistant alongside a talented cast that includes Genevieve Fleming, Paul Herbert, Daniel Martin, Allen Morrison, and David Mott.
You can see The North Plan through Sunday, November 29th in an underground Location near 211 East Georgia (at Main St) in Vancouver. Regular tickets are $20 and low income tickets are $14.