Vagabond Players bring award-winning play to New West

The struggles of growing up and growing old are at the heart of the new Vagabond Players production.

The New West theatre company is presenting 4000 Miles, by Amy Herzog, at the Bernie Legge Theatre in Queen’s Park from April 5 to 22. Herzog’s play was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was also named TIME magazine’s Best Play of the Year.

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The Vagabond Players’ production stars Cole Vandale as Leo, a 21-year-old neo-hippie who suffers a major loss while on a cross-country bike trip. He turns to his feisty 91-year-old grandmother, Vera (played by Nancy Ebert), in her West Village apartment.

“As days turn into weeks, Vera and Leo bond over love, loss and the difficulties of growing up and growing old,” a press release says. “With both humour and heartbreak, 4000 Miles takes an intimate look at the road to self-acceptance – and the unexpected connections we make along the way.”

Also featured in the production are Hillary Young as Bec, Leo’s girlfriend, who believes they should go their separate ways, and Kapila Rego as Amanda, the girl he meets in a bar when he’s in search of consolation.

Shows are on Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., or Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $17, or $15 for seniors and youth, with $12 previews on April 5 and 6. See www.vagabondplayers.ca/tickets or call 604-521-0412.

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