In February 2008, a 15-year-old boy asked another boy in his class to be his valentine. The next day, that boy shot and killed him during first period.
It may seem like heavy material for the month of love, but the themes are as relevant and important now as they were ten years ago, perhaps even more so.
Dave Deveau of Zee Zee Theatre originally wrote this play in the aftermath of Lawrence King’s murder, as a reaction to the lack of media coverage. But this isn’t a play about the murder. It’s about people and their connections to what has happened. Because of its relevance, Zee Zee has remounted the show, first at Buddies in Bad Times in Toronto last month, and now in Vancouver. It’s a play worth seeing and discussing.
However relevant, times have changed since the murder of Lawrence King, and as such writer Dave Deveau has rewritten the final piece in the play and plans to tweak it with every remount. And, although there is work to be done and these stories will always need to be told, Deveau has hope for the future.
Read more about the play, the process, and what Deveau hopes you take away from the show in this interview with David C. Jones for Vancouver Presents.
My Funny Valentine runs now through February 18 at the Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street. Buy tickets now, or purchase tickets to this show and two more and your tickets are automatically discounted to Subscription rates! Check out all the shows that are part of the Subscription here.