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World Premiere for Cop Shop/Grow Op Saturday at Capitol Theatre

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
October 24th, 2013

It’s not too often arts lovers get a chance to witness a World Premiere right here in little old Nelson.

But that’s just what happening Saturday at the Capitol Theatre as Lisel and Jeff Forst take to the take for the premiere of Cop Shop/Grow Op.

“The play is sort of what’s happens when a young woman falls in love with the cop who busts her,” Lisel Forst told The Nelson Daily recently.

“It’s romantic comedy that’s going to be really like, really fun,” Forst adds.

“The play talks about the (local) issues for sure, but it doesn’t really go heavy dark serious place.”

The play, staring Lisel and Jeff Forst playing the two main characters, is an expanded version of a monologue that won an award at the University of Victoria 50th anniversary contest with The Malahat Review.

“The play was inspired by an actual grow-op that was busted beside a cop shop a few years ago,” Forst explained.

“It’s kind of funny because Jeff and I take walks down by the (RCMP) station and see this small house over the fence and that’s exactly what we think about.”

Both Forsts, no strangers to the stage having performed in many local theatre productions including the recent hit Cabaret, are excited and cautious at the same time on the eve of opening night for Cop Shop/Grow Op, produced by Forst Media Productions with promotional assistance from Black Productions.

“This is kind of nice and unique that Jeff gets to write and we’re actually going to get to act in it,” Lisel Forst said.

“Because you can have a play, put it up in front of an audience but you don’t know how it’s going to turn out.”

“I’ve written plays before I was convinced were dramas, but then perform them and they turn out to be a comedy . . . but I didn’t know that.”

Prizes will be given to the most imaginative cannabis and cop-related costumes.

The play is rated PG-13 for some of its content.

General admission tickets are available for $15 at the Capitol Theatre Box Office and online at

“We don’t know what will happen,” Lisel Forst answered when asked if the two will perform the show again in the near future.

“There are great little venues we can maybe show it again, but for now if people want to catch it, they’ve got to catch it one night only (Saturday) at the Capitol.”

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