Welcome to the One-Act Showcase


An eclectic mix of one-act plays at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium from October 18 - 21, 2017. 

All tickets are just $10, or see the whole showcase for $35 and save!

Scroll down to see the shows!


Ken tells us a little bit more about the One-Act Showcase. Come check it out this weekend at Gallery 7!

A Number on the Roman Calendar

by David Johnson

Frank Amends

by Halley Feiffer

Performance Schedule:

October 18, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
October 20, 2017 @ 8:45 PM
October 21, 2017 @ 3:00 PM

In A Number on the Roman Calendar, it’s December 31 in the year of Our Lord, 999. Will and Margery sit on a hill and wait for the return of Christ. It is very cold. They’re out of turnips. Then the Pope shows up. This is a short comedy that explores faith, riches and the idea that “the poor shall inherit the earth.”

In Frank Amends, Doctor Frankenstein is waiting for a visit from his old pal, Frankenstein's Monster (Frank for short), after a long and painful separation. But things are a bit different since the old days. On this fateful night, Frank has returned to make his formal Ninth Step Amends as part of his recovery program in Alcoholics Anonymous.

Directed by Gabe Kirkley

The Exquisite Hour

by Stewart Lemoine

Performance Schedule:

October 18, 2017 @ 8:45 PM
October 20, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
October 21, 2017 @ 4:15 PM

It’s a late summer afternoon in 1962. Mrs. Darimont has boldly infiltrated the charming backyard of Zachery Teal to politely ask him for an hour of his time. What ensues is a heartfelt, funny and a touching hour of a blossoming relationship, the pursuit of knowledge and the discovery of hope.

Directed by Sue Backs

Forward to the Right

by Lily Ann Green

Performance Schedule:

October 19, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
October 21, 2017 @ 1:15 PM
October 21, 2017 @ 7:30 PM

The 100 Years War rages on. John guards a prison in English-occupied Rouen. He is tasked with guarding Joan of Arc. During his time with the French heroine, a woman who knows nothing of war, of foreign lands, or even how to read, both their lives are changed forever. Winner of the Best Original Play Award at the Ontario One Act Pay Festival.

AUDIENCE ADVISORY: A few instances of swearing important to the honest portrayal of the characters.

Directed by Ryan Scramstad

It’s a Glorious, Wonderful Life

A new play by Shelby Wyminga

Performance Schedule:

October 19, 2017 @ 8:45 PM
October 21, 2017 @ 12:00 PM
October 21, 2017 @ 8:45 PM

The closing credits of It’s A Wonderful Life roll. The janitor locks the door. Ethan is alone at last… Enter Gloria, brimming with life and possibility and questions. Ethan’s night of solitude is suddenly destroyed and his privacy, which he has worked so hard to maintain, is cracked wide open. This modern day Katherine Hepburn sweeps the angsty James Dean wannabe off his feet and into a beautiful world of longing and dreaming and dancing.

AUDIENCE ADVISORY: A few instances of strong language.

Directed by Elizabeth Drummond

Ken HildebrandtWelcome to Our One Act Showcase

A Message from our Artistic Director

Welcome to our almost inaugural One Act Showcase…I say “almost” because back in our Eben-Ezer Church days in that little basement venue of ours, we held a few one-act religious play festivals. As we grew and our programming needs and schedules changed, the festival unfortunately went by the wayside and we lost the opportunity to showcase the unique and important artistic form that is the one act play.

When planning a new second-stage event for 2017/2018 season, I originally headed down a different path. When I hit a dead end, I gave the showcase serious consideration. It was time to provide artists looking to direct on our mainstage but whose work I was not familiar with more opportunities to showcase their talent and I wanted to create an opportunity to produce more risky work that was not as dependant on ticket sales, but still allowed us to explore significant themes that are important to us as a faith-based theatre. Voila, the One Act Showcase.

I love the one-act format: concise story-telling, focussed attention on character, minimal set requirements, heightened theatricality…the one act provides for an invigorating theatre experience that is exciting and unique.

With this year’s ‘almost inaugural’ showcase line-up, I think you’ll see exactly what I mean. I’m super-stoked to say that most of the shows on the playbill are written by Canadian playwrights or were developed in Canada. I’m also super-stoked to say that one of the shows is a new play by a local playwright, fresh off a successful run at the Vancouver Fringe Festival. All of the shows will feature the work of emerging and established directors whose work you’ve not yet seen on our stage, and we’ll introduce you to some new performers from through-out the Lower Mainland.

Yes, the format of our new One Act Showcase may be a little different than those first few festivals long ago, but I think this showcase will be even more entertaining, poignant, and thought-provoking. Come ready to experience something different, something edgy, something great. You know, what Gallery 7 Theatre is really all about. Enjoy!

Ken Hildebrandt

Executive Artistic Director

A Word about Language in Our Plays: Some of our plays may contain material or language that may be offensive to some. We respect that. Please know that when we leave strong language in our productions, we are not necessarily condoning the use of such language. We believe truly impactful theatre that explores spiritual, social and relational matters should depict life truthfully and honestly and sometimes, that means including content that may make us feel uncomfortable from time to time. Thank you for your understanding.

One Act Showcase Location:

Matsqui Centennial Auditorium
32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford.

Free parking is located at The Reach Gallery & Museum off Trethewey Street and at the BC Court House off South Fraser Way. Lobby entrance is located around the back of City Hall facing Thunderbird Park.