The Ticket: A play about how hard it is for millennials in Vancouver

A Bright Blue Future immortalizes a fateful night for four young adults

February 19, 2016

By Eliot Escalona / Photo: David Cooper Photography

Millennials who go to see A Bright Blue Future may feel like they are reliving one of their nights out. A night out that is overcome with everyday worries and an uncertain future, giving light to conversations that are too real to have while inebriated or high. The playwright, Sean Harris Oliver, is now in his thirties and says, “I was able to amalgamate all those nights that I had with my friends where our everyday stresses and our fears of the future were too powerful to contain and where oftentimes the most real interactions between us happened.”

While older viewers might not have as vivid memories of those fateful nights, the stories in A Bright Blue Future aim to remain relevant. They serve as a looking glass into the lives of, if not you, perhaps your children, what they might be going through. Oliver says that people who have children leaving their teens “are witnessing the struggles that their children are dealing with, and there is a very interesting reflection of what they had to deal with growing up.” For those in Vancouver struggling with high unaffordability, a poor job market for young educated adults, and a laid-back attitude toward recreational drugs, A Bright Blue Future could connect at a personal level. “Our current situation in this city creates a real sub-culture of anxiety for millennials, and that is what the play truly touches on,” Oliver says.

But it doesn’t matter if you’re a young millennial who feels as if the characters on stage could be you, or if you’re a parent seeing your kids struggle in this city as they leave the nest for a new beginning. Oliver says A Bright Blue Future hopes to speak to everyone. Friday is the world debut. You can find tickets here.

When: February 19 to March 5 | Where: Pacific Theatre | Price: $21

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