A gang of six break into a mansion looking to loot themselves out of a drug debt. Governor General's Award-winning playwright Colleen Murphy has crafted a black comedy full of youthful vigour that pushes resentment, violence, and class to an unavoidable emotional extreme. I Hope My Heart Burns First will take you to the edge of your seat, praying we all miss the head-on collision.
"Acting is a path to compassion. Walking a mile in these shoes, while tackling the pacing and comic timing, the emotional demands, and the physical exploration inherent in roles like this is a superb opportunity for students' growth as people and as artists.”
Jessica Van der Veen studied acting at the Banff School of Fine Arts and completed her BA in Theatre at UBC. For decades years she acted and directed in film, TV, and theatre. After a decade working for social justice, she joyfully returned to acting and directing, recently appearing in Family Law.
Van der Veen’s selected co-writing and directing credits include: The Waltonsteins (with Frances Sheridan); The Shadowbox; Scary Stories; and The Triangle Factory Fire Project. Van der Veen and her writing partner won Best Screenplay at Beverly Hills Film Festival for their feature script, Emma’s Song.
Jessica built a successful career as an acting teacher and Director of Part Time Studies in Vancouver at Gastown Actors’ Studio. She teaches Acting for the Camera at the Canadian College of Performing Arts and is co-owner of CASTVictoria, providing acting coaching, taping and consultation services to professional actors across North America.
Wednesday, March 10th - 7:30pm
Friday, March 12th - 7:30pm
Saturday, March 13th - 2:00pm
ALSO SEE CALENDAR LISTING FOR PERFORMANCE INFORMATION ON "FALSEWORK", March 11-13.
Please join us for our Year II students' first public performances of the year, with two captivating productions opening next week!
The casts will be performing in masks, in accordance with the COVID-19 safety protocols in effect for our Year I and II students. We recommend watching from devices with good audio/speaker quality.
The college has invested in a four-camera set up to broadcast our performances live. You will have access and angles like you’ve never experienced in theatre before, plus the best seat in the house for every show – your own!
In addition to our online ticket platform, tickets for our productions are available over the phone (250 940 6851) between 1:00pm and 4:00pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
Tickets will be available up until to one hour before the performance. Patons are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance. All tickets are non-refundable and have no cash value.