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Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 7:00 PM PDT
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The 2nd annual New Roots Festival celebrates Work In Process by inviting audiences into the development of new theatrical works. This is a chance for you to be among the first to hear commissioned work from Pacific Theatre playwrights, and to see full readings from our Working With community playwrights' group!

The festival spans four days of free readings, with audience feedback and interaction after each event. This celebration of creation is the perfect way to send off our season and to close out our New Roots Campaign.


Pacific Theatre
1440 West 12th Avenue
Vancouver BC V6H 1M8

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Performance Notes

Mary: Mother of God, book by Shauna Johannesen and music by Laura Koch

Mary is an icon. Literally and figuratively. And yet, we know almost nothing about Mary herself. The centrepoint of the Christian Story is that God became human and dwelt among us and yet we seem to go to a lot of lengths to keep Mary, his mother, from being too human – to keep her saintly, and sanitized, and other-worldly.

Virgin birth… How would that have played with your parents? Silent night… She literally gave birth in a barn, so probably not. Mary took these things and pondered them in her heart… OK, and then what? What was the WHOLE REST OF MARY’S LIFE like? And in the centuries since, how has Mary’s story been used, who has used it, and what is the power of a person’s story anyway?

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