The Explanation

Every Saturday morning, John dresses up as a woman and takes transit out of cozy Burnaby to go to the Central Library in downtown Vancouver. He’s straight. He frequents the literature DVD shelves. That’s where he bumped into Dick. Who’s also straight. Dick thinks John’s a woman… I think. And now they’ve started to rendezvous there every Saturday morning. What on earth is going on? Whatever it is, they both have a lot of explaining to do.

Written and Directed by James Fagan Tait
Choreographed by Noam Gagnon
Featuring Kevin MacDonald and Evan Frayne
Associate Director Fay Nass
Set and Lighting Design by Bryan Kenney
Costume Design by Carmen Alatorre
Sound Design by James Coomber
Stage Management by Susan Miyagishima
Production Management by Jeff Harrison

Produced by the frank theatre company, presented by The Cultch

The Explanation is simply one of the sweetest, tenderest pieces of theatre you’ll see. It’s honest and candid and funny and true”
—Jo Ledingham,

The Explanation is an unpretentious and intimate journey of two men rediscovering themselves with the help of some tights, a wig, and a miniskirt. Try this play on, you might find that it fits”
—Connal McNamara, Vancouver Weekly

The Explanation is a funny, tender play”
Alex Waterhouse-Hayward

Under Tait’s direction, Kevin MacDonald and Evan Frayne are warmly natural as they navigate the inevitable vulnerabilities of their ever-changing, impossible-to-explain relationship” — Kathleen Oliver, The Georgia Straight

By loosening the restrictions on gender expression, The Explanation made me feel free—even exhilarated” —Colin Thomas,

Apr 17, 8PM: Preview
Apr 18, 8PM: Opening Night
Apr 19 – 21, 24 – 28, 8PM
Apr 21 – 22, 28 – 29, 2PM

The Cultch, Vancity Culture Lab

Running Time:
80 Minutes, no intermission

Community Partner: Qmunity