A play by Duncan Macmillan
Directed by Kate Twa
When: March 31 to April 5
Where: Tempest Theatre
125 Eckhardt Ave E Penticton
Time: 7:30pm (lounge open at 7pm)
Tickets go on sale March 1, 2020
Okanagan audiences will have the opportunity to see Duncan Macmillan’s critically acclaimed play, Lungs, when it comes Tempest this Spring.
Both intimate and epic, Lungs follows a couple struggling to reconcile their desire for a child with the environmental impact that decision would bring. It is a conversation, from first question to its final answer, as they consider what it truly means to bring one more person into the world.
Addressing a topic that is sure to resonate, the two protagonists reflect on timely issues like global warming, overpopulation, and political unrest, as they look for purpose and connection in an uncertain world.
Despite the plays hard hitting topics, it is a story about love and balances the heavy undertones with funny, human moments.
You won’t want to miss this exhilarating and timely play.
LUNGS received its first performance at the Studio Theatre, Washington, D.C., USA on September 28th, 2011, in a rolling world premiere with Paines Plough/Sheffield Theatres. The Paines Plough production opened at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, on October 19th, 2011, and has gone on to be performed all over the UK. The play has subsequently been produced all over the world.
*In August of 2019, Fei Ren and Alec Santos starred in a production of Lungs at the Dusty Flowerpot Theatre in Vancouver. The production was directed by Christy Webb.
"Lungs breathes life with two outstanding performances. . .
thanks to the wonderfully skilled performances from Ren and Santos, this production not only finds its heart but sustains it as well."
"The couple, played by Fei Ren and Alec Santos, takes audiences on an emotional rollercoaster as they make the challenging decisions of young adult life."
Born and raised in China, Fei Ren obtained her Psychology degree at UBC while working internationally as a model. Ren started her acting career in 2014 by training intensively in Vancouver and New York, and in a short time, has performed a diverse range of characters on TV, film, and stage.
She can be seen in various leading roles in TV series and films such as The Romeo Section (CBC), This Blows (CBC) (Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Supporting performance), and movies such as Supergrid and Fatal Visit. Most recently, she starred in Netflix’s feature film Polar opposite Katheryn Winnick, Vanessa Hudgens, and Mads Mikkelsen. In addition, she guest stared as an voice actress in Robot Chicken created by Seth Green. In 2019, Ren made her stage debut as a leading woman in Duncan Macmillan’s Lungs. Ren’s directing credits include The Mirror Test at the Annex Orpheum Theatre as well as the dark feminist comedy Commencing.
Born in Brazil, Alec started on stage at three as a dastardly old accordion playing gaucho chased by a disapproving wife! His love for the stage followed him to Chile, where he learned Spanish and performed Neruda’s poetry to his amused 8th-grade peers. By the time he finished High School in Miami, he was performing in 3 languages.
Alec graduated UBC with a B Sc. in Biology and while medicine beckoned, he could not resist the pull of the stage and the nourishment of the rich simplicity of the spoken word. He re-charged his acting education with Railtown Actors Studio and pivoted to Vancouver’s busy film scene with Jeb Beach and Andrew McIlroy as frequent coaches. He has had roles on TV on shows such as Bates Motel, Arrow and the upcoming Snowpiercer, Firefly Lane, and Virgin River.
He had the pleasure of working with academy award-winning director Guillermo Navarro on Cocaine Grandmother and has booked over 20 commercials internationally.
Alec has performed two original plays for the Vancouver Fringe Festival and many more through the Railtown program. When he is not acting, Alec is an Educator on call for the Vancouver school board covering subjects from Physics to Drama.