Beggars in the House of Plenty

Actors Drew Nelson, Kyle Labine and John Prowse tell us why we should check out

Beggars in the House of Plenty

Written by: John Patrick Shanley

Directed by: Sophie Ann Rooney

Starring: Kyle Labine, Drew Nelson, Laureen Smith, Melanie Walden, Bronwen Smith and John Prowse.

Presented by: Evolving Arts Collective (link)

Johnny is the youngest and most sensitive of three siblings stranded in a surreal Irish Catholic household lorded over by their father, a butcher working in the Bronx, and their mother, a chipper, hope-mongering wreck of a woman. Johnny takes solace in pyromania and writing about his family. As Johnny matures, he becomes increasingly perceptive, revealing with more and more sympathy the underlying causes of so much family misery. In between Johnny’s musings are raucous scenes of catastrophic violence; barely held in check by each character’s submerged but instinctual need for the love of one another.

Evolving Arts Collective opens its 2009 season with another John Patrick Shanley classic, Beggars in the House of Plenty.  Shanley grapples with demons from his past in this gritty, surreal comedy. Dealing with the trials and hardships of family love in a way that is both funny and profoundly painful, Beggars is a play that resonates with audiences from all walks of life.

Tickets are $20 and can be obtained by calling the Beaumont Stage at 604-733-3783 ext. 305 or online at

Monday March 2nd – 8 pm Special preview night price 2 for 1
Tuesday March 3rd – 8 pm Opening Night
1st week: Wednesday – Sunday March 4th – 8th – 8 pm
2nd week: Tuesday – Saturday March 10th – 14th – 8 pm
The Beaumont Stage – 316 W. 5th Avenue (@Alberta)
604-733-3783 ex: 305


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