The Last Stand

Written by James Long and Kendra Fanconi

Inspired by Italo Calvino's novel The Baron in the Trees, The Last Stand is a fantastical tale set among the branches of Vancouver's Stanley Park.

As the audience is guided through the forest, they find among the leaves a band of musicians, beaten soldiers, lofty nobles, and ornery thieves – all telling them of a child who left the dinner table in a huff and climbed a tree, claiming never to come down again. Set in a stunning pocket or urban nature, this story is about the constraints and freedoms of the different trees we choose to climb: the tree of integrity, the tree of lofty ideals, the tree of the artist or the artisan.

Creative Team

Sherry J. Yoon, Artistic Director of Boca del Lupo, is a theatre creator and director with a passion for creating new performances through collaborative pursuits. With Boca del Lupo, Sherry has co-created more than 35 productions, including: Fall Away Home, an intergenerational site-specific production in the forest of Stanley Park; Photog, a large-scale show that toured across Canada and was created with interviews from prominent conflict photographers; and You Are It, as part of the Silver commissions from the Arts Club Theatre that investigates the complex dynamics between female friendships. During Sherry’s tenure, the company has received numerous awards, including the Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award, and Jessie Awards for Outstanding Production, Design, Actor, Ensemble, as well as the Critic’s Choice Innovation Award. Her productions have toured festivals and venues across Canada, Europe and Mexico.  She co-created an online exhibition of Expedition, an iterative collaboration between Boca del Lupo and the Performance Corporation, and working on Net Zero, an interactive theatre installation about climate change that involves the audience charging a battery with a stationary bicycle. She is also a freelance director who has worked at the Richmond Gateway Theatre, Bard on the Beach, the Vancouver International Children’s Festival and at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa Canada.

Sherry J Yoon

Jay Dodge

Set Designer/Performer

The Artistic Producer of Boca del Lupo since 2001, Jay Dodge was also part of the founding collective in 1996. During his tenure, the company has won the peer-assessed Alcan Performing Arts Award, and several Jesse Richardson Theatre Awards including seven nominations for the Critic’s Choice Award for Innovation and the Patrick O’Neill Award for best anthology with Plays2Perform@Home. Jay is a passionate set and video designer with Jessie Richardson Awards in both of those categories as well as a published playwright including a contribution to Boca del Lupo’s Red Phone project. His artistry is one of innovation and daring and his one man show, PHOTOG. featured interactive video, stunt rigging and verbatim text, touring to World Stage, Prismatic, Festival Trans Amerique and PuSh. Currently serving on the national board of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres, Jay also has special interest in creative space making including as co-founder of celebrated colocation space PL1422, co-founder of the Granville Island Theatre District, and as project consultant for Video In/Video Out and Left of Main.

Jay Dodge
Set Designer/Performer

Performers Anna Cummer, Mike Enns, Kendra Fanconi, Camille Gingras, Laura Jaszcz, Pepe Kubon, James Long, Daniel Maté, Dan Paterson, Toni Rozylo, Marco Soriano, Vic Ustare, Melanie Yeats Stage Manager Kelly Barker Assistant Director Paulo Ribeiro Costumes Mima Preston and Terri Diane

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