Photos of Jeff Gladstone, Alison Lynne Ward, Shantini Klaassen and Steven Greenfield by Gaelan Beatty
In brief: The Chariot Collective presents The Chariot Cities, a new play by Harrison Mooney with music by Bryan Binnema. Part folk concert, part family drama, it is a story of getting clean, coming out and going home. Part of the Vancouver Fringe Festival, The Chariot Cities plays at the Revue Stage: Fri Sept 5, 22:30-23:45 **Half Price Show**| Sat Sept 6, 20:15-21:30 | Tues Sept 9, 17:00-18:15 | Thurs Sept 11, 22:40-23:55 | Fri Sept 12, 18:45 – 20:00 | Sun Sept 14, 13:00-14:15. Tickets are $14 plus a one time $5 Fringe membership.
The Chariot Cities
You can quit your band. You can’t quit your family.
A play by Harrison Mooney with original music by Bryan Binnema
Vancouver, BC – The Chariot Collective is pleased to present their Vancouver Fringe offering, The Chariot Cities. One part folk concert, one part family drama, The Chariot Cities is inspired by the work and lives of musical families like Canadian music legends the Wainwrights. Ever since Jack Stackhouse and Wendy Brownlee met thirty years ago, they’ve been better at being a band than a family. Now their kids are grown with music careers of their own and they all need to figure out how to be more than just a band. They’re getting clean, coming out and going home.
The play features seven original songs by local singer-songwriter Bryan Binnema, as well as a cast of musically gifted actors, led by Jeff Gladstone. With three Jessie Award nominations and a Canadian Comedy Award nomination, Gladstone expanded his repertoire further with the release of his debut album, Hell of a Girl, in April. In The Chariot Cities, Gladstone combines all of his talents -- acting, singing, and playing guitar, bass, harmonica and percussion -- as folk icon Jack Stackhouse. Gladstone is joined on stage by Alison Lynne Ward (1/4 Life Crisis – Audience Choice Award NYC), Steven Greenfield (The Spitfire Grill, West Side Story, Titanic), Chris King (The Buddy Holly Story, 42nd Street, Anything Goes), and Fringe operations manager Shantini Klaassen (The Sound of Music – Ovation Award, The Great American Trailer Park Musical).
Playwright Harrison Mooney is known mostly for his work in the sports world, where he runs the popular hockey websites Puck Daddy and the Vancouver Sun's Pass it to Bulis, which covers the Vancouver Canucks. However, Harrison is also passionate about writing for the stage and has been working on The Chariot Cities for the past ten years.
“It's almost the complete opposite thing,” he says. “In sports, you're covering these real-life athletes that people don't really know, and over time, they become these fictionalized versions of themselves. But in theatre, you begin with fictional characters, and at some point, they really do come alive. This play was hijacked by the characters in it, and I couldn't be happier.”
The Chariot Cities is directed by Andy Toth (The Fantasticks, Assassins), with set design by Athena Iveson & Marcus Stusek, lighting design by Garreth Lau, costume design by Breanne Jackson, and stage management by Lois Dawson (Ride the Cyclone, Espresso, Penelope).
Toth says, “It’s about a family that just can't seem to get things straight. There are unspoken truths, broken hearts, substance abuse issues, and damaged souls. And there's love. There's harmony, especially when there's music. The Chariot Cities explores the capacity broken people have for making beautiful music together.”
The Chariot Cities plays at the Revue Stage, 1601 Johnston St, September 5 – 14. Show times are: Fri Sept 5, 22:30-23:45 **Half Price Show** | Sat Sept 6, 20:15-21:30 | Tues Sept 9, 17:00-18:15 | Thurs Sept 11, 22:40-23:55 | Fri Sept 12, 18:45 – 20:00 | Sun Sept 14, 13:00-14:15. Tickets are $14 plus a one time $5 Fringe membership and are available at www.vancouverfringe.com