Actor returns to stage in psychological thriller

Daryl Shuttleworth stars alongside Chilton Crane in the new psychological thriller ‘The Other Place,’ opening at the PAL Studio Theatre June 26.  - Alex Waber
Daryl Shuttleworth stars alongside Chilton Crane in the new psychological thriller ‘The Other Place,’ opening at the PAL Studio Theatre June 26.
— image credit: Alex Waber

Daryl Shuttleworth doesn’t aspire to hand out speeding tickets and fight crime on the streets of Richmond—he just looks like he does.

“People at parties go, ‘Are you a cop?’ No I’m not a cop, but for some reason I give it off, and you can’t fight it,” said the 53-year-old in an interview.

In a 30-plus-year career as an actor, the Steveston resident has played his fair share of cops. He’s soon to appear as a detective in the upcoming BBC America series Intruders starring Mira Sorvino and John Simm, and his film and TV credits are long on authority figures.

Shuttleworth has turned down the heat, so to speak, for his latest role that’s bringing him back to a Vancouver stage for the first time in 12 years. Shuttleworth plays an oncologist in The Other Place, a new play by Sharr White making its Canadian Premiere this month at the PAL Studio Theatre.

The actor was bit by the acting bug at Annieville Elementary School in North Delta, where he grew up. He later attended University of Victoria and graduated from the National Theatre School of Canada in 1983. He’s performed on stages coast-to-coast, but in more recent years film and TV roles took over, as Shuttleworth balanced work with raising three children.

Now, after years away from the stage, he’s jumping back on to face the fourth wall.

“Last year I said: I have to do some theatre. I just have to do it,” he said.

“I had to make a concerted effort to get back on stage. That meant going to Prince George to do a show, and then right after that going to Regina to do a show.”

His first role was small, his second much larger.

“That was a bit of a trial by fire. It was good though—great—and it reminded me of all the reasons why I love theatre.”

The Other Place takes us into the world of Juliana Smithton, a successful neurologist whose life takes a disorienting turn. Her husband Ian has filed for divorce, her daughter has eloped with a much older man and she’s forced to confront a crisis that’s put her health in jeopardy.

The psychological thriller premiered in New York in 2011 and enjoyed a Broadway run at the Manhattan Theatre Club that starred Laurie Metcalf (of Roseanne fame). Starring in a contemporary piece is right up Shuttleworth’s alley—the actor cut his teeth on new plays—and this critically-acclaimed script offers plenty of surprises to hook audiences in Vancouver.

Said Shuttleworth: “It’s a great play. It’s emotional, it’s surprising, it just takes your breath away because you just don’t know what’s coming.”

The Other Place

•Written by Sharr White

•June 26 to July 5 at PAL Studio Theatre, 581 Cardero St. in Vancouver

•Tickets, $23 to $25, at 1-877-840-0457 or at ticketstonight.ca

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