THE FIGHTING SEASON
by Sean Harris Oliver
Workshop Presentation Vancouver Fringe Festival at Carousel Theatre Sept 10-20 2015
Winner of the Georgia Straight Critics' Choice Award and the 2015 Cultchivating the Fringe Award
Based on his father's real life experiences as a doctor in Afghanistan, Sean Harris Oliver's new play The Fighting Season investigates Canada's involvement in Afghanistan through the eyes of the medical personnel who served for our country abroad.
Director Evan Frayne- Cast: Tom Pickett, Siona Gareau-Brennan and
Kyle Jespersen- Stage Management/Design: Shelby Bushell, Sound Design/Composition: Matthew MacDonald-Bain, Lighting Design:
"The Fighting Season is cause for celebration" | Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight
"The Fighting Season features strong acting and writing. It is also an intense, heavy drama that may haunt you long after you leave the theatre...The script and actors are thankfully also skilled in comedy and there are several humourous moments to add some much needed levity in the darkness. This production is thoroughly polished and professional and likely one of the top dramas in the festival." | Jim MacDonald, Plank Magazine
"In The Fighting Season, Oliver goes inside the heads of three members of a Canadian medical team who have been sent home after being traumatized by an encounter with an injured Taliban fighter. The play is very moving, as the medic struggles with whether or not to return to Afghanistan, the doctor tries to bury his PTSD in his enthusiasm for his lawn in the Okanagan, and the nurse wrestles with the consequences of her actions.
Under Evan Frayne’s direction, the performances are fantastic. Kyle Jespersen (the medic) will knock your heart out of your chest. Tom Pickett deftly captures the doctor’s frightening mood swings. And newcomer Siona Gareau-Brennan’s emotional transparency is beautiful." | Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight
About the Playwright:
Sean Harris Oliver is an internationally produced playwright based out of Vancouver. He recently completed a ten-month writing mentorship under the guidance of Aaron Bushkowsky (SoloCollective Theatre). Sean's first play Bright Blue Future was a finalist for the BC Playwriting Competition, and will be professionally produced in February 2016 at Pacific Theatre. Sean is a graduate of Studio 58, and the recipient of the David Pritchard Memorial award.