Rick was born to play hockey. But it’s his final year in the minors, and he still hasn’t been drafted. With the end of high school and the pressure to win a Provincial Championship looming, Rick struggles to hold his dream in focus. Armed with only a sense of humour and a big stick, is Rick ready to face off against his fears? A semi-autobiographical slapshot to the solar-plexis.
Written & Performed by Evan Frayne
Directed by Angela Konrad
Stage Managed by Lois Dawson
Set & Lighting design by Lauchlin Johnston
Sound Design by Jeff McMahan
A play about small town minor hockey and big time dreams, Alpha is inspired by Evan Frayne’s own experiences growing up in a place where hockey is king. As Rick says, “If you’re like me, if you grew up where I did, there’s one dream and I had it. To play professional hockey.”
But pursuing your dreams is dangerous business and the pressure to play hard on and off the ice begins to take its toll. Before long, Rick discovers that battling your personal demons can be even more intimidating than facing off with an enforcer.
ALPHA plays at Studio 16, 1555 West 7th Avenue, September 7 – 15.
Show times are: Fri Sept 7, 22:40-23:40| Sat Sept 8, 16:30-17:30| Sun Sept 9, 12:45-13:45| Mon Sept 10, 18:15-19:15| Thurs Sept 13, 20:30-21:30| Sat Sept 15, 20:00-21:00.
Tickets are $5 – $12 plus fees and available online at www.vancouverfringe.com/calendar.