October 18 – 29, 1994

Station Street Arts Centre, Vancouver

conceived and directed by Chris Gerrard-Pinker

strains (v), … to press to extremes … hold out with difficulty under pressure … distort from true intention or meaning

Five Characters. Six Interconnecting Episodes. This production, set against the backdrop of the 20th Century, investigates social and political morality in conflict with the human heart.

Strains is part two and the keystone of Rumble’s ambitious Mostar Trilogy focuses on the conflicting claims of mind, body and emotions and the tension between differing demands of the individual and the community. Part fable, part history and daringly theatrical.

(Also performed at Playwrights Theatre Centre, 1994 and High Performance Rodeo, Calgary, 1995)

Cast and Production Team:

Chris Gerrard-Pinker, Norman Armour, Rita Bozi, Marie Humber Clements, Patrick Keating, Shawn Macdonald, Ruth McIntosh, Shaun Phillips, Darren Copeland, Andreas Kahre, Tim Matheson, Susan McKenzie, Ingrid Turk and John Webber