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Mikayla Wust (l to r) and Sue Backs perform in Gallery 7 Theatre’s production of Beau Jest by James Sherman.






allery 7 Theatre continues its 2018/2019 “Back to Classics” Theatre season with the hilarious and charming Beau Jest, a comedy about family by James Sherman. Touted as ‘a light, sweet romantic comedy’ by the Chicago Tribune and “hilarious and quite moving” by the Chicago Sun Times, Beau Jest will be presented live on stage January 25 – February 9, 2019 at the Abbotsford Community Arts Addition. See more here.

All Sarah’s parents want is for her to marry a nice Jewish boy. But Sarah has been dating anyone but! To get her parents off her back, Sarah hires an actor to play her imaginary Jewish doctor boyfriend at a family dinner. Hilarity ensues as Sarah attempts to keep the charade going as long as she possibly can! A play about family, growing up and the extent we’ll go to please our parents, this delightful comedy will chase away those mid-winter blues.

“This play is a real charmer,’ explains Ken Hildebrandt, Gallery 7 Theatre’s Executive/Artistic Director. ‘Though set in the early ‘80’s, it explores family dynamics in such a real and hilarious way that transcends the decades since the play was written. It’s about becoming our own person, about love, about the ties that bind people together. It celebrates faith and family, and it encourages being true to self and to others.”

Appearing in the role of Sarah Goldman is Mikayla Wust. Wust is a recent BFA graduate from Trinity Western University and has performed in productions of The Cover of Life and The Diary of Anne Frank. Playing her pretend Jewish/Doctor boyfriend, David-slash-Bob, is Keenan Marchand. Marchand is also a graduate from TWU and has appeared in numerous productions such as The Diary of Anne Frank, The Illusion and disPlace: Refugee Stories in Their Own Words. Sarah’s brother, Joel, a psychologist, is played by Brady Moore while her actual boyfriend, Chris, is played by James Lam. Her mother and father, Abe & Miriam Goldman, are being played by Sue Backs and Andrew Abrahams respectively.

Returning to the director’s chair following a very successful production of The Miracle Worker last season, is Jessica Garden.  “It has been such a privilege to delve into this hilarious and heartwarming play with this incredibly talented and dedicated ensemble,” she says. 

“In a time where division and polarization is intrinsic to our culture, it's so refreshing to engage with a story that is about connection, relationships and bridging divides.  At its heart, this romantic comedy is about coming of age, navigating familial and romantic relations and discovering what it means to exercise true autonomy which requires one to take responsibility for their own feelings, actions and choices.”

Garden is supported by a talented design team hailing from across the Lower Mainland: set design is by Calvin Baker, costume design is by Vicki Bolan, lighting design is by Michaela Freeman, sound design is by Ryan Scramstad, props design is by Maria Denholme and hair & make-up design is by Raelyn Schatz. Production photographer is Dianna Lewis and the stage manager is Cristin Schieder.

Beau Jest will warm hearts, tickle the funny bone and inspire some healthy conversation about family and being more secure in who you are,” concludes Hildebrandt. “It’s the perfect tonic to those post-Holiday blues and a beacon of light during those long winter nights.”

Beau Jest runs for three weeks, January 25 & 26, January 30 – Feb. 2 & Feb. 6 – 9, 2019 @ 7:30 PM with matinees on January 26, Feb. 2 & Feb. 9 at 2:00 PM at the Abbotsford Community Arts Addition, 2329 Crescent Way, Abbotsford. For tickets and more information, please visit www.gallery7theatre.com or call House of James, 604-852-3701.



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