The World Premiere of Instantaneous Blue

Mitch and Murray Productions celebrates our company’s ten-year anniversary with the world premiere of Instantaneous Blue from Friday, January 6 to Sunday, January 22, 2023 at The Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island. Early bird tickets are now on sale!

The play follows Edward and Sara as they navigate the journey of welcoming their first child into life while shepherding Edward’s declining parents out of it. Their relationship frays as they maneuver the endless challenges of a disease that is God-like in its mysterious ways. Caught between the worlds of assembling IKEA baby cribs and visiting gerontologists, between finding time for sex and searching the city for a lost mother, and between navigating professional obligations and familial disaster, Sara and Edward are pushed to the emotional brink. Will they or won’t they make it through this?

L-R – Performers Charlie Gallant, Patti Allan, Tom McBeath and Kayla Deorksen. Photo by Shimon Photo.

Instantaneous Blue, a semi-autobiographical portrait of a family’s struggle with dementia, is writer Aaron Craven’s first full-length play. Both his parents simultaneously fell into decline with dementia and Alzheimer’s. His experience as a member of the “sandwich generation” – a generation of middle-aged people who raise children while parenting their parents – along with his experience as a curator of plays and advocacy work in the world of dementia was the catalyst for creating this new work.

“The actor/writer Carrie Fisher once said, ‘Take your broken heart and turn it into art’. I guess I listened,” says Craven. “This play was written to give voice to those living the dementia journey and to take the experience out of the shameful shadows and into the dignified light. There will be some laughs, some tears, and hopefully some shared catharsis. Ultimately, it’s a play about a family.”

A script that is written from the heart, Instantaneous Blue is Mitch and Murray Productions’ first original Canadian work. Partial ticket proceeds will be donated to The Alzheimer Society of BC.

Directed by David Mackay. Also featuring performers Leslie Dos Remedios, Eric Breker and Jesse Miller. Check out cast and crew bios here.

If you purchase tickets before December 15th, you’ll get an early bird discount on Wednesday – Saturday night performances. We also have 2 for 1 Tuesday nights and a cheap preview on January 5th.

Additional performances to note:

POST-SHOW TALKBACK after the Sunday January 15th matinee, hosted by The Alzheimer Society of BC.

SENIORS ONLY matinee, 1pm Wednesday January 11th. Admission to seniors 60 plus only (caregivers admitted upon request). Masks required. Limited size audience. This is a specially produced performance for seniors who face barriers to attendance because of health concerns.

PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN performance Wednesday January 11th, 8pm. Masks required. This performance is an affordable option for those facing socioeconomic barriers and/or with heightened health concerns.

We’re so proud to bring this premiere to Vancouver. See you at the theatre!

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