7 Stories

MARCH 14 – 23, 2019
By Morris Panych
Director Fran Gebhard

Fast-paced and full of eccentric characters, this sophisticated satire takes place on the window ledge of a seven-storey building where a man is contemplating suicide. Endlessly interrupted by a variety of quirky building residents, he becomes drawn into the absurdity of their daily lives. So self-absorbed are his neighbours, that no one even bothers to ask why he’s out there! This quick-witted, dark comedy will have you philosophizing about life and death, right up to its existential conclusion. Written by the award-winning Canadian playwright Morris Panych, 7 Stories is the winner of six Jessie Awards, including Outstanding Original Play.

Morris Panych

Playwright, actor, and director Morris Panych was born in 1952 in Calgary and grew up in Edmonton, Alberta. He received a diploma in Radio and Television Arts from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, and then studied creative writing at the University of British Columbia (BFA, 1977), and theatre at East 15 acting school in London, England. Panych has directed over ninety productions across Canada, and written thirty plays that have been produced throughout Canada, Britain, the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand in a dozen languages. Panych came to public attention for his play Last Call: A Post-Nuclear Cabaret, which he wrote and starred in. The show was revised for CBC television, bringing Panych to national attention. His play Vigil (renamed Auntie & Me) premiered at the Belfry Theatre in 1995 and played in London’s West End in 2003 and in Paris in 2004 as well as in the US and in more than 30 Canadian cities. What many consider his first major play and one of his best, 7 Stories, was staged in Japan in 2003. In 1998, Panych co-created and directed The Overcoat, a physical theatre piece in which choreographed movement and music function in place of dialogue. This production toured across Canada. Panych also directed the television version of The Overcoat. His plays continue to receive international productions.

Fran Gebhard

Fran acted in both theatre and film for many years before turning her attention to directing. She received her MFA in directing from UBC in 2001. For UVic she directed The School For Scandal, Crackpot, Wreckage, Midsummer Nights Dream, and Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Favourites for other theatres include As You Like It, For The Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, Much Ado About Nothing and The Importance of Being Earnest. Fran has had a long association with the development of new Canadian work, and served as the Program Head of the Playwrights Colony at the Banff Centre for many years. Acting is Fran’s first love and her most memorable roles include: Brutus in Julius Caesar, Lady Wishfort in The Way of the World, Elizabeth in Richard III, Joanne in Norm Foster’s Jupiter in July, and Martha in Joan MacLeod’s Amigo’s Blue Guitar. She regularly performs her one-woman show Looking For Kitty and has hosted her own radio and TV talk shows. Film and TV credits include appearances on The Chris Isaak Show, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Friday’s Curse and Moment of Truth. She played Bette Davis’ daughter-in-law in A Piano For Mrs. Cimino and was nominated for a Genie award for her work in Blue City Slammers. Fran also performed in As You Like It and The Fantasticks during Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre’s inaugural season. Teaching has become a focus in Fran’s life – she loves sharing her passion for theatre with the next generation of talented and energetic theatre professionals.

Show Dates


Subscriptions for 3 or 4-show packages are now available starting at $40.50. Single ticket sales for this show begin March 5, 2019 Friday & Saturday Evenings  All Seats $26 Tuesday to Thursday & Matinees Adults $26 Seniors $21 Students $16 Call: 250-721-8000 or see Ticket information Performed in the Roger Bishop Theatre

Cast & Creative Team

Written by Morris Panych
Director Fran Gebhard
Set Design Ken MacDonald
Design Adaptation Conor Farrell
Costume Design  Bryce Butkiewicz
Lighting Design  Harry Lin
Sound Design Olivia Wheeler
Stage Manager Kelsey Ward

Rodney Tallas Munro
Charlotte Taryn Yoneda
Marshall Douglas Peerless
Leonard Aidan Guerreiro
Al Daniel Handford
Jennifer Emily Hay
Joan Natalie Lichtenwald
Rachel Sadie Tims
Lillian Rahat Saini
Percy Sivert Das
Michael Aaron Smail
Wilson Alexander Moorman
Man Lyle Hendriks


Seven Stories about 7 Stories
Mark Leiren-Young
Sessional Instructor, Department of Writing

Award-winning Victoria playwright Mark Leiren-Young talks about the significance, history and secret origins of Morris Panych’s modern masterpiece 7 Stories in celebration of the play’s 30th anniversary. Mark is currently teaching humour writing and TV writing at UVic. 

Our Friday night lecture series is recorded on the day and will be posted here during the following week. If you can’t make it on person on Friday March 15 at 7pm, check back here between March 19-23 to find the audio file posted below.

Sign Language

The Saturday 2pm matinee on March 16 will include sign language interpretation for Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. For the best seating to view our interpreter, please book as early as possible using the Advance Ticket Order Form.

Contact Sandra Guerreiro, Audience Services Manager, to reserve your seats.
Email sguerrei@uvic.ca Phone 250-721-8000


Suitable for ages 14+