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In My Day

The HIV pandemic in Vancouver: true stories of extraordinary victories and heartbreaking failures

DEC 02–11

Zee Zee Theatre (Vancouver)
Written by Rick Waines

In My Day is a verbatim work of contemporary drama that exists at the cross section of disability and memorial arts. Centred around HIV’s impact on Vancouver, it is a story of a pandemic response with extraordinary victories and heartbreaking failures. 

This work is inspired by a community-based oral history research project in 2017, titled HIV In My Day, which was initiated at the University of Victoria interviewing long-term survivors and caregivers who lived through the first 15 years of the HIV pandemic in British Columbia. The collected stories and reflections would honour the voices of women, people of colour, Indigenous folks, trans, people who use[d] injection drugs, and others, alongside those of cis-gender gay men.

Showtimes & Dates

DEC 2: 7:30 PM – Preview
DEC 3: 7:30 PM – Opening
DEC 6: 7:30 PM – Talkback
DEC 7: 7:30 PM
DEC 8: 7:30 PM – Talkback
DEC 9, 10: 7:30 PM
DEC 10: 2 PM
DEC 11: 2 PM – VocalEye performance

Accessible Performance

DEC 11: 2PM VocalEye performance

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Post-show Talkback

DEC 6: 7:30 PM
DEC 8: 7:30 PM

Venue Location

Historic Theatre
1895 Venables St.
Vancouver, BC

Box office info

1895 Venables St.

Mon to Fri: 12–6PM, Sat 12-4
and 1 hour prior to all performances

Cultch Connects

Our Cultch Connects program provides free tickets for families, community groups, artists, and others who might not be able to otherwise experience our shows. If you would like to learn more about how to access Cultch Connects tickets, please reach out to

Active Listeners

Given the emotional nature of the stories presented in In My Day, we understand that spectators may need a break to talk to someone or to take a few moments away from the production. During each performance, active listeners will be sitting in the Founders Lounge (the room just outside the theatre) to talk to audience members and offer supportive active listening. The relaxed style of the performance and the structure of the play allows audience members to briefly leave the theatre space and take a break without missing any key plot points essential to the story.



Written by Rick Waines

Direction and Dramaturgy: Shawn Macdonald
Co-Producers: Norman Armour & Rick Waines

Featuring: Patti Allan*, Nick Miami Benz, Scott Button*, Ivy Charles*, Alen Dominguez*, Braiden Houle*, Allan Morgan*, Cameron Peal, Sabrina Symington, Jackson Wai Chung Tse, & Kelsey Kanatan Wavey

Costume Design: Christopher David Gauthier
Choreography: Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg*
Lead Intimacy Direction: Megan Gilron
Intimacy Direction: Karyn Mott*
Lighting Design: John Webber
Production Manager: Ash Shotton
Props Designer: Monica Emme
Sound Design: MJ Coomber
Set Design: Kimira Reddy
Stage Manager: Angela Beaulieu*
Assistant Stage Manager: Liam Kearns*
Assistant Director: Jack Bumbala
Assistant to the Costume Designer: Chanel Bonin
Douglas Work Study Students – Costumes: Amy Bell, Ryan Dye

Committee for Anti-Racism and Equity (CARE)
Chair: Dr. John Paul (JP) Catungal
Members: William Flett, Sandy Lambert, and Dr. Surita Parashar

*The participation of these Artists is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance/Opera/Theatre Policy (DOT).


Rick Waines: Art as Survival/Life Before Death

View In My Day: Gallery Exhibition

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