Burnaby actors onstage in Changed Utterly

Two Burnaby actors are part of the cast for a new production at the Jericho Arts Centre.

Christopher Brown and Alyssa Hanson-Smith are onstage in Vital Spark Theatre’s Changed Utterly, running from Feb. 22 to March 16. The show, created and directed by Joan Bryans, is set in 1916 Dublin on the eve of the Easter Rising, a rebellion that would set Ireland on the path to independence.

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A press release notes that the action centres around Constance Markievicz, a rich, Anglo-Irish aristocrat, married to a Polish count, who gives up everything to fight on behalf of her country and its people. The story follows Constance in her transformation from rich playgirl to committed rebel, as she and her fellow rebels battle enormous odds to victory.

Changed Utterly is a “theatre verbatim” play, using the actual words of the real-life, historical figures together with the songs and poetry of the day.

It stars Naomi Wong as Constance, with a cast that includes Tyus Bro, Carolyn Costigan, Breanne Doyle, Amy Laity, Gordon Law, Matt Loop, Kurtis Maguire, Celeste Musseau and Jeremy O’Driscoll.

It’s directed by Joan Bryans. The show runs Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m., plus an extra Saturday matinee on March 16. Thursday, Feb. 28 is a special talk-back performance.

Tickets are $28, or $24 for seniors and students, with preview tickets (Thursday, Feb. 21) for $14.

Reserve by calling 604-224-8007, ext. 3, or through www.brownpapertickets.com (search for Changed Utterly). See www.vitalsparktheatre.com for more.

Jericho Arts Centre is at 1675 Discovery St. in Vancouver.

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