Escape from Happiness

Comedy by Canadian playwright George F. Walker
Co-Directed by Bill Murdoch and Chalene Scott
November 12 to 28, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8pm

Escape from Happiness is the darkly comic tale of Nora’s struggle to keep her family afloat amid a sea of manic troubles. Her daughter Gail is pregnant by her live-in boyfriend Junior. He has gotten himself mixed up with a couple of the most loveable and incompetent crooks this side of the Keystone Cops. Of course the police arrive wondering what the wife of a former cop has in those suspicious bags in the basement where she is digging out a spare room for the kids. The husband has moved back in after many years’ absence and Nora’s other two daughters refuse to cross the threshold of her aging east side home until he goes back upstairs. These two women form a duo worthy of Laurel and Hardy and round out a hilarious mix of characters who will delight and infuriate you. (Some coarse language)

Directors: Bill Murdoch has recently retired after 31 years teaching Acting, Acting for the Camera and Theatre History in the Film Studies and Theatre Departments at Capilano University. He has also worked for several years as a professional stage actor and appeared in feature films, television and done voice work for CBC radio. Bill has a tremendous passion for theatre and when he is not actually involved in a production, he is out watching as many shows as he can. He is inspiring to work with and has a never ending supply of wonderful ideas of how to stage a production.
Chalene Scott began her theatre training at a young age with Stage North in Fort St. John. After graduation she started training at Capilano University, where Bill was one of her professors. After her diploma program and a year off, she finished her training with a Bachelor in Performing Arts and has directed shows for the IGNITE! Festival and at Douglas College, she will be directing with Stage 43 later this year.
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