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Gallery 7 Theatre presents Robinson Crusoe

Andrew Abrahams (left) and Ben Wert perform in Robinson Crusoe, Gallery 7’s next production about an explorer who survives 26 years in isolation. - Dianna Lewis, Creative Memory Studio
Andrew Abrahams (left) and Ben Wert perform in Robinson Crusoe, Gallery 7’s next production about an explorer who survives 26 years in isolation.
— image credit: Dianna Lewis, Creative Memory Studio

Gallery 7 Theatre is presenting Robinson Crusoe, a stage adaptation of Daniel Defoe’s classic adventure.

Shipwrecked on a deserted island following a violent storm, explorer Robinson Crusoe experiences a crisis of faith and undergoes a spiritual and emotional transformation. His vision of the world shattered and his imperialist sense of entitlement dashed, Crusoe endures 26 years of complete isolation, surviving on the ship’s supplies and his own ingenuity.

When he befriends a Caribe Indian, Crusoe discovers the power of friendship and experiences the value of acceptance in spite of differences.

“We’re pulling out all the stops for this production,” said Ken Hildebrandt, Gallery 7’s artistic director. “We’ve stretched our technical abilities to create a visually stunning theatre experience, a compelling emotional and spiritual journey that features real humanity and generous sprinklings of humour.”

Directing Robinson Crusoe is Carissa Boynton, who directed last year’s production of Tuesdays with Morrie.

Playing the title role is veteran actor Andrew Abrahams. Well-known for his energetic and compelling performances, Abrahams has played such roles as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, and Captain Hook.

Ben Wert, who first appeared in last year’s production of Quiet in the Land, plays the Caribe native, Friday.

Robinson Crusoe runs Jan. 20-21, 26-28 and Feb. 2-4 at 7:30 p.m. with additional discounted matinees on Jan. 21 and 28 at 2 p.m. All shows take place at the MEI Auditorium, 4081 Clearbrook Rd., Abbotsford.

Tickets are $18 for adults; $16 for seniors (65+) and students; $15 for groups (10 or more) and $10 for children 12 and under. Matinee performances are $13 for general and $10 for children. Tickets are available at the House of James by calling 604-852-3701 or 1-800-665-8828. For more, visit www.gallery7theatre.com.

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