Shelter from the Storm

Shelter from the Storm

May 31 – June 9 2012
Firehall Arts Centre

Free Preview – Thurs May 31, 8pm
Matinees – Sat June 2 & 9, 2pm
Wed June 6, 1pm & Sun June 3, 2pm
Talkback After – Tues June 5, 8pm

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By Phone 604-689-0926

By Peter Boychuk

Rick was one of thousands of young men who sought refuge in Canada to escape the Vietnam draft. But, when he takes in a traumatized young American soldier who is deserting his post in Iraq, Rick begins to understand how much our country has changed in forty years. Set in Tofino, BC, Shelter from the Storm is a play about love and loss that questions our notions of courage and cowardice.

Flying Start is a program of Touchstone Theatre in association with Playwrights Theatre Centre and the Firehall Arts Centre, that gives a stage to new playwrights who have yet to be professionally produced. The selected play is developed over a period of two years culminating in a small scale, fully professional showcase production. The playwright receives a $6,000 stipend, provided by the Vancouver Foundation, to support their writing work over the course of the process.

Peter Boychuk has just completed an M.F.A. in Playwriting at the University of Victoria under the tutelage of Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Joan MacLeod. His one-act plays include Afterglow, which is published in the anthology Two Hands Clapping and has been produced in schools and universities across the country; Fortunate Son, which has won the Stanley Mills Purchase Prize, Honourable Mention in the Canadian National Playwriting Competition, and Best of the Fest at ACToberfest 2007; and Chainmail Bikini, which premiered at the Calgary Fringe Festival. He works across BC as a freelance director and dramaturg. Shelter from the Storm is his first full-length play.

“A rising young talent” The Vancouver Sun













Production Credits


Image by Splash Communications

A Touchstone Theatre Production
In Association with Playwrights Theatre Centre
and the Firehall Arts Centre

Directed by Katrina Dunn
Dramaturgy by Martin Kinch
Set Designer Pam Johnson
Costume Designer Farnaz Khaki-Sadigh
Lighting Designer Adrian Muir
Sound Designer Jeff McMahan
Stage Manager Ingrid Turk
Assistant to the Director Inez Ortner
Assistant to the Set Designer Carol Macdonald
Assistant Stage Manager & Props Collection Heidi Quicke
Production Manager Adrian Muir
Publicist Jodi Smith
Set constructed at the Great Northern Way Scene Shop

Rick Peter Hall
Scott Kyle Jespersen
Caitlin Lindsay Winch