Opening Night of DISGRACED

The 2015-16 season opener sizzled on the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage! Disgraced brought audiences out in droves and had them buzzing in the lobby long after the final applause. Our loyal patrons, media partners, and arts community all gathered to celebrate Arts Club regulars Robert Moloney and Marci T. House, as well as newcomers Patrick Sabongui, Kyra Zagorsky, and Conor Wylie. Photos, below, are highlights from Mark Halliday. Click HERE for the full Facebook album.

Disgraced runs until October 18, 2015.


The cast of Disgraced enjoying a well-deserved celebratory champagne!


Patrick Sabongui (R) receives a warm welcome in the lobby from Michael Karl Richards.


Robert Moloney (R) sharing a laugh with Alex Diakun (L) and Alec Willows (C).


Disgraced Production Dramaturg, Veronique West (R) surrounded by friends and family.


Disgraced Assistant Director, Kevin Bennett, with Caitlin Clugston (Les Misérables).





The beautiful Stanley shining bright on opening night.


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It’s all right here in BC!

ChefBCGrape_web_boxThis Wednesday night, we honoured the chefs and winemakers who proudly call BC home with the 11th annual ChefmeetsBCGrape wine tasting and culinary challenge.

The event was attended by over 500 wine and food lovers, and while there was a great party vibe in the room, the competition was intense for the tasting plate competition, judged by local food and wine experts DJ Kearney, Sid Cross, Tim Pawsey, Rhys Pender and David Scholefield.

Congrats to all of the winners!

Best Dish: Chicha Restaurant scooped up the award for its Peruvian-inspired plate, serving a coconut scallop ceviche on house-made ají amarillo Peruvian chili rice crackers, paired with JoieFarm Winery‘s 2013 Riesling.

Best BC VQA Pairing: Okanagan Crush Pad Winery‘s Haywire NV The Bub was the perfect match for LIFT Bar Grill View’s beet juice cured wild salmon gravlax, candy cane beets and foraged wild mushroom.

Runner up for Best BC VQA Pairing: Burrowing Owl Estate Winery‘s Cabernet Franc 2012 paired with slow braised oxtail and tomato ragout by Torafuku received a honourable mention and was one of the longest line-ups of the night.

A big thank you to all the restaurants and BC VQA wineries that took part in the fundraiser—it was a tremendous event and raised $37,800 for the Arts Club to continue to foster local talent in the theatre arts.

[LtoR] Art Club's executive director Peter Cathie White, artistic managing director Bill Millerd, development director Kathy Mackenzie, special events manager Gigi Wong, with Miles Prodan, Wines of BC in centre

The Art Club’s Executive Director Peter Cathie White, Artistic Managing Director Bill Millerd, Director of Development Kathy Mackenzie, Manager of Special Events Gigi Wong, with Miles Prodan, President and CEO of the British Columbia Wine Institute (centre).

Chef Clement Chan and his team at Torufuko trying to keep up with demand

Chef Clement Chan and his team at Torafuku busy keeping up with the demand.

LIFT Bar Grill View takes home Best Paired Award

LIFT Bar & Grill gets two thumbs up from judge DJ Kearney.

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The judging panel: Wines of BC organizers and host Dawn Chubai relax after the hard work is over!

Check out the full gallery of photos on Facebook.

Thanks to our event partner the Wines of British Columbia and sponsors Get Home Safe program, Konet Systems, New Look Business Centre, Vancouver Courier, A&B Rentals, and CISL 650AM.



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Experience the resounding impact of this Pulitzer Prize–winning play and Canadian premiere. Disgraced is the story of Amir Kapoor (Patrick Sabongui), a successful lawyer who lives in New York City with his artist wife, Emily (Kyra Zagorsky). One evening, the the couple host a dinner for Amir’s African-American co-worker (Marci T. House) and her Jewish art curator husband (Robert Moloney). What starts as a casual evening among friends soon erupts into a tense drama about faith, politics, and pride. Get caught up in the drama of this topical story about the stories we tell our friends, the secrets we tell our lovers, and the lies we tell ourselves in pursuit of a dream.


Patrick Sabongui as Amir. Photo by Ross den Otter

“Not only is it an important play about contemporary ideas and issues, but it really hits you in the gut emotionally and leaves you questioning your own ideas and how you fit into our complicated society,” said director Janet Wright. “Yet at the same time it pulls the heartstrings too. It affects me immensely every time I read it and I can’t wait to share this with Vancouver audiences.”

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The cast of Disgraced. Photo by Ross den Otter

Disgraced starts September 17 at the Stanely Industrial Alliance Stage. Tickets start at just $29 and are available here.

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