The Romeo Initiative

By Trina Davies
November 15th – 24th 2013
Vancity Culture Lab
Touchstone Theatre: THE ROMEO INITIATIVE
Half romantic comedy and half spy thriller with a tantalizing twist, The Romeo Initiative is based on a real 1970’s program in which East German men were sent to develop long-term relationships with West German secretaries to determine their “perfect man”


By Christopher Morris
A Human Cargo, National Arts Centre English Theatre Co-production
Presented with PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
January 24th – 26th 2014
The Roundhouse
Touchstone Theatre: NIGHT BY Christopher Morris
The lives of an anthropologist and a 16-year old Inuk girl intersect powerfully during 24 hours of darkness in Pond Inlet, Nunavut. Created over three Arctic winters, Night is performed in Inuktitut and English, and features stunning visuals and heartfelt performances by Inuk actors.


Created by Alon Nashman and Paul Thompson
Presented with the 2014 Chutzpah! Festival and the Firehall Arts Centre
February 25th – March 1st 2014
Firehall Arts Centre
Touchstone Theatre: Hirsch
Fresh from its triumphant Stratford premiere, this tour de force one man show chronicles the life of director John Hirsch. Orphaned by the Holocaust at age thirteen, he found refuge in Canada, where his talent and temperament made him an unforgettable force in our national theatre.

The Concessions

By Briana Brown
Produced in Association with the Playwrights Theatre Centre and the Firehall Arts Centre
June 6th – 14th 2014
Firehall Arts Centre
Touchstone Theatre: The Concessions
Part mystery and part psychological drama, The Concessions is a haunting piece of Canadian gothic centred around an inexplicable act of violence in a rural community. It showcases the emerging talent of Briana Brown, our fourth Flying Start playwright.

From the frozen tundra to the sweltering back woods, Touchstone is heating up in 2013-2014. Our productions pair two provocative mysteries, both penned by local playwrights. Trina Davies' The Romeo Initiative is a highly unconventional spy thriller, and Briana Brown's The Concessions is chilling Canadian gothic. Our presentations take a searching look at some of Canada's pressing cultural issues. Night explores the dark edges of the North, and Hirsch is an unforgettable portrait of one of our theatre pioneers. Come out of the cold . . . join us for Touchstone's 38th season of Canadian plays in Vancouver.

Katrina Dunn
Artistic Director

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From the Touchstone Blog

My Old Friend John Hirsch

Photo credit: John Hirsch in Winnipeg in the 1950s, courtesy of Robert Walters I met John Hirsch in Winnipeg when he was a student at the University of Manitoba, first as an undergraduate and then as a student for the M.A. in English.  Later he involved me in plays he directed, first in a small […] more

A memory of John Hirsch

In the early 1980′s I attended a director’s workshop hosted by the Seattle Repertory Theatre. John Hirsch was leading one of the sessions. He was there to direct Our Town for the company. There were about 80 of us directors gathered in the theatre that morning for a session with John about how to direct […] more

Hirsch and CBC Drama

It was the early 70’s and I had returned from Temple University with a brand new Masters in Directing, looking to storm the Canadian theater scene in Toronto. All I could find was small work at Studio Lab Theatre working on Dionysus in 69. I had heard about John Hirsch out of Winnipeg taking over […] more

goPLAY talks Shakespeare with the cast of Measure for Measure

On February 5th Touchstone’s goPLAY Youth Theatre Club took in Pacific Theatre and Honest Fishmonger’s production of Measure for Measure. Afterwards, a bunch of the cast joined us in the lobby to talk about some of the exciting issues around interpreting Shakespeare that the production brought up. This production employed unconventional rhythmic delivery of the […] more