Updated: May 24, 2019

                       Interview with Director Joe Norman Shaw ~A New Play by veteran actor Christiane Hirt~

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We try to make it a brand of cinematic realism on the stage - Joe Norman-Shaw

Rogues Theatre is excited to be back onstage after last season’s highly acclaimed anniversary production of A Beautiful New City by George F. Walker. This season, Rogues return with the world premiere of Christiane Hirt’s hilarious and poignant first play, The West End.

The West End

By: Christiane Hirt

Directed by: Joe-Norman Shaw

Design by: Brad Leavitt

May 1-May 11, 2019, 7:30 pm NIGHTLY

Tickets: $25 Adults/$20 Students & Seniors

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All performances in the Joyce Doolittle Theatre @ The Pumphouse

Starring: Sophia Lauchlin Hirt, Jerod Blake and Roel Suasin With Kirsten Garcia and Michelle Roth

Rehearsal Fun

Emma Wood is a 13 year old latch-key kid growing up in Vancouver’s West End

during the late 70’s. Famous as Western Canada’s largest gay (LGBTQ) community, Emma’s lonely adolescence transforms when she meets two gay men who change her life forever. From the sexual revolution of the 70’s through to the AID’s crisis of the 80’s these three unlikely souls become inextricably intertwined in a heartfelt coming of age story that encompasses the growing pains of life, love, sexual identification, self acceptance and a community who continues to thrive in good times and bad.

Throughout a professional career spanning over thirty years, Christiane is best known as a leading actor in such roles as ‘Lil’ in For the Moment starring opposite Russell Crowe, ‘Hannah Peale’ in Lonesome Dove: The Series, ‘Jennie’ in the feature-film, Heart of the Sun (AMPIA award winner for Best Actress), ‘Lori LaRoche,’ in CBC’s Skate! –  Gemini nomination for Best Actress,and numerous Guest Star appearances including DaVinci’s Inquest and Intelligence.  She is Co-Founder of Company of Rogues Actors Studio and for Rogues Theatre has directed Collected Stories and co-starred in Danny and the Deep Blue Sea.

Christiane is also an award winning screenwriter for If You Really Knew Me –recipient of the AMPIA Award for best screenwriter, 2013. The West End is her first produced play!

The Director Joe-Norman Shaw

Photo of Joe Norman-Shaw with college Eugene Strickland from this current issue by Kevin Stenhouse Photography

Joe is a veteran actor and director; he has worked extensively on both stage and film sets across Canada and internationally. As Artistic Director of Rogues Theatre, his directing credits include: A Beautiful New City, First and Last, Den of Thieves, Some Girls, Storm Warning, Italian American Reconciliation, Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, Red Light Winter, Cow Town, Pushup,  Criminal Genius, Savage In Limbo, Selling Mr. Rushdie, The Melville Boys, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, St. Scarlet and Tape.

Cast; Sophia Lauchlin Hirt: Recurring roles on the TV series Cardinal, The Romeo Section and Olympus. Starred in the highly acclaimed, locally shot feature film Ice Blue and recently appeared with Jeff Bridges in Bad Times at the El Royal. Rogues Theatre Debut Jerod Blake: Award winning stage actor, appeared on tv series Damnation and for Rogues  Theatre- A Beautiful New City and First and Last. Upcoming- Shakespeare by the Bow Roel Suasin: Film/Tv- Be Cool, Music and Lyrics and Joan of Arcadia. Dance Credits-with: Christina Auguilera, Fergie & The Artist Formerly Known as Prince.

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Kirsten Garcia: Appeared in independent feature film Valerie (post-production), and Rogues Theatre’s First and Last. Michelle Roth: Appeared in Rogues Theatre’s First and Last.

Rogues Theatre presents The West End by Christiane Hirt, Directed by Joe-Norman Shaw. The play runs May 1-May 11, at The Pumphouse Theatre Ticket information at

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