Stuff Happens

Director Donna Spencer on why you should see

Stuff Happens

Presented by: The Firehall Arts Centre

Written by: David Hare

Drected by: Donna Spencer

Starring: Glen Cairns, Alvin Sanders, Michael Grant Elliott, William Taylor, Catherine Lough Haggquist, Kevin McNulty, William B. Davis, David Adams, Fred Galloway, Kevin Loring, Parnelli Parnes, Luke Day, and Barbara Ellison

This fall the eyes of the world are riveted on America with good reason. In Stuff Happens, David Hare’s powerful play chronicling the extraordinary process leading to the American invasion of Iraq, this statement provides entrée into the melee of diplomacy, political power, and terrorist vendetta still making headlines around the world. The play – whose characters include George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Tony Blair, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell and other leading figures – relies on both published records and speculation to address how and why the Iraq war began.

Using direct quotes from interviews and public appearances, combined with the playwright’s re-imagining of what went on behind closed doors, Hare has fashioned a historical narrative and human drama that presents the Iraqi conflict in all of its haphazard notoriety.

The title is inspired by former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s response on April 11, 2003, to widespread looting in Baghdad: “Stuff happens, and it’s untidy, and freedom’s untidy and free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things.”

Tuesday – Saturday @8:00pm
Saturday & Sunday Matinees @ 2:00pm,
Wednesday Matinee 1:00pm Pay What U Can

The Firehall Arts Centre production comes at a particularly poignant time when so much stuff is happening. You won’t want to miss this play that will resonate in history. The Firehall is located at 280 E. Cordova St., tickets available by phone 604-689-0926. For further information, visit


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