The Engineers at Western Edge

When you're casting The Pope, you don't mess around. That's why Nanaimo's Western Edge Theatre has turned to accomplished actor Adrian Hough to lead the cast of 12 in its world premiere of Brad Poulsen's The Engineers. Originally scheduled to open on March 13, the play will now open March 27, 2009, due to a cast member's family medical problem.

Set 200 years in the future, The Engineers is a fast-paced drama in which a young rebel infiltrates the Vatican, set on confronting its leaders for their role in genetically manipulating humanity. Once inside, though, he gains an unexpected supporter: The Pope himself. Their alliance rocks the old order, and makes for a play that combines the twists-and-turns of a thriller with a penetrating examination of technology gone awry.

Hough, whose credits include the TV series J-Pod and Eureka and the movie X-Men: The Last Stand, is a resident of Nanaimo who also runs the highly-respected Spotlight Acting Academy. As a stage actor, he appeared in the original production of Timothy Findley's The Stillborn Lover in Toronto, and recently in the TheatreOne productions of Being Frank and Vigil.

"We're delighted to finally have Adrian working on our stage," says Western Edge Artistic Producer Frank Moher.

Joining him in the cast is Western Edge regular Darren Keltie as the Pope's unlikely accomplice, along with Kerrie Ennis, Colleen Hannah, Jonee Janolino, Gordon MacInnis, Brian March, Lorna McLellan, Frank Moher, Tao Mori, Nastasja Towe, and Morganna Yoshida. Brian March directs, with set and lighting design by Richard Broad and costume design by Melissa Foulger, Lorna McLellan, and Elaine Wood. The stage manager is Meldy Wilton.

The Engineers plays March 27, 28 and April 3, 4, 2009, at 7:30 pm, with a matinee on April 5 at 2 pm. All performances are at the Nanaimo Entertainment Centre, 46 Nicol St. Tickets cost $18 for adults, $15 for seniors (65+) and $10 for students, available by phone at 250-325-7777 (Nanaimo) or 1-888-320-3343, or at Falconer Books (Port Place Mall) and Gabriola Artworks.

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