Vancouver’s flourishing arts and culture scene has another play out this week and it promises to be an innovative take on modern life. From the theatre that brought you the Jessie Award winning plays The Invisible Hand and Terminus, you can expect nothing less than the intellectually alive and emotionally charged plays that Pi Theatre is known for. Keep reading for our preview of Pi Theatre’s mind-racing presentation of Long Division.
As the title suggests, Long Division is a play about math – but not in the way that you think. In the words of Pi Theatre’s Artistic Director Richard Wolfe, “Math is a secret language hidden in plain sight. So much of what we see in the world around us – traffic patterns, the growth of plants, our ubiquitous mobile devices – are governed by logic and patterns that can be expressed purely in numbers”. Long Division takes this idea and uses it to map the connection between human beings. It is around these characters that the play revolves, promising a story that Wolfe says will “wrench your heart and set your mind racing in equal measure”.
Long Division revolves around seven characters who are traveling to a downtown bar on the occasion of a complicated anniversary. Among them are a high school math teacher, a soccer-loving Imam, a lesbian bar owner, an aspiring actress, a single mother working in a corporate world and others. It’s an eclectic mix of people who are somehow bound together because of unresolved traumatic events which unfold throughout the play.
Led by playwright Peter Dickinson, Long Division is directed by Pi Theatre Artistic Director Richard Wolfe. Expect to see a round up of some of the city’s finest performers including Anousha Alamian, Jay Clift, Nicco Lorenzo Garcia, Jennifer Lines, Melissa Oei, Linda Quibell, and Kerry Sandomirksy.
Long Division’s bold look at mathematical theory and human connection holds an important message about inter-connectivity in a disconnected world. Watch it at the Orpheum Annex from April 27 to April 29, 2017. Buy your tickets here before they sell out!
Deanna Cheng authored this blog post. Deanna is a team member of Super Sacha, loves the arts, culture and has an interest in International Relations.