Gateway Theatre is thrilled to announce their 2017/2018 season programming.
Last year, Gateway’s offerings showcased topical plays that translated the day’s headlines into theatre and brought them directly to the stage. This season, Gateway’s four MainStage shows will reflect upon stories from the past. As Jovanni Sy, Gateway’s artistic director reflects, “In looking back in time, these plays hold up a mirror to our lives today and provide a glimpse of what our future might be.” Although rooted in history, the themes and ideas explored in this season’s plays touch on love, personal responsibility, race and identity in ways that are both timely and relevant.
This year, theatregoers will travel back through the centuries to the late 1800s and early 1900s. They’ll have the opportunity to visit turn-of-the-century Sweden with A Little Night Music before immersing themselves in Victorian London with Dickens’ immortal A Christmas Carol. From there, audiences will travel to Salt-Water Moon’s 1926 Newfoundland before passing through the Kowloon Gate of colonial Hong Kong with Jovanni Sy’s new detective thriller, Nine Dragons. Whether you decide to take on the whole journey to travel the breadth of Gateway’s new season or opt for just a few stops on the way, Gateway’s plays will dazzle you with imaginative sets, designs, sumptuous costumes and storytelling at its best.
Gateway Theatre’s 2017/2018 Season:
A Little Night Music
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler
Directed by Peter Jorgensen
October 12 – 21, 2017 / MainStage
Love, regret and desire burn brightly in this new Patrick Street Productions’ presentation of Sondheim’s musical tour de force
Long considered Stephen Sondheim’s musical masterpiece, A Little Night Music has been enchanting audiences worldwide since its Broadway debut in 1973. Set at the turn of the last century in Sweden, A Little Night Music explores the intersections of desire as it tries to untangle the pathways through love, both sacred and profane. Witty and moving, Sondheim’s play traces the arcs of infatuation, jealousy and true love as his cast of colourful characters meet, couple and uncouple during a weekend at a lavish country estate. The winner of four Tony Awards, A Little Night Musicfeatures Sondheim's most popular song, the haunting "Send in the Clowns."
Sink or Swim
By Beverley Elliott
Produced by Happygoodthings Productions
November 16 – 25, 2017 / Studio B
Cabaret chanteuse Beverley Elliott returns to Gateway with a hilarious new evening of story and song
Beverley Elliott last graced the Gateway Studio in 2015 with her smash hit cabaret show ‘…didn’t see that coming.’ Known for her recurring role as “Granny” on ABC Television’s hit series, Once Upon a Time, Beverley is excited to bring her latest show Sink or Swim to Gateway this year. Sink or Swim features an evening of songs and in which Beverley vividly shares all the fears and foibles of five-year-old ‘Smelly Elliott.’ In this poignant, playful, and relatable prequel to ‘…didn’t see that coming’, Elliott navigates the uncharted waters, big adventures, betrayals and epiphanies that shape us all into the adults we become, and answers life’s big questions like “Why did I eat the fish food?”
Renowned musician Bill Costin returns to accompany Beverley on piano for what promises to be an evening of hilarious storytelling.
A Christmas Carol
By Charles Dickens, adapted by Michael Shamata
Directed by Rachel Peake
December 7 – 24, 2017/ MainStage
Gateway revives memories of Christmases past with a new production of Dickens’ immortal holiday classic
Ebenezer Scrooge is a greedy miser who despises Christmas. He carries on like this, seemingly immune to joy and the ways of the heart until one Christmas Eve, he is visited by the ghost of a deceased business partner and the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. These visitations give Scrooge the opportunity to reflect upon his life, examine his heart, and be transformed by the spirit of the season. Like all of our holiday shows in the past, A Christmas Carol will be a fun-filled spectacle with live music, for the whole family to enjoy together. Get your tickets early.
By David French
Directed by Ravi Jain
A Factory Theatre Production touring with Why Not Theatre
February 15 – 24, 2018 / MainStage
Gateway’s new production of this beloved Canadian classic asks audiences whether ‘you ever truly return home’
This glorious production of David French’s Salt-Water Moon was a sold-out hit in Toronto last season. Now, Gateway audiences will have the opportunity to take in director Ravi Jain’s reimagined version of this beloved Canadian classic about love, loss, and reconciliation. With its boldly spare staging, this production confronts the audience with the implication of one’s choices. Is it possible to retrace our steps? It’s 1926 and young people are leaving Newfoundland villages in droves to work in the big city. But eighteen year-old Jacob Mercer has come home to Coley’s Point, to win back his former sweetheart Mary Snow, after abruptly leaving over a year ago. By the light of a moon-filled night, the former lovers meet to confront their past choices and contemplate a possible future together. But, is it too late? Come and find out.
I Lost My Husband
By Catherine Léger
Translated by Leanna Brodie
Directed by Diane Brown
Produced by Ruby Slippers Theatre
March 15 – 24, 2018 / Studio B
Ruby Slippers returns to Gateway with a feisty and subversive romantic comedy
Evelyn has lost her husband in a bar bet and she's not entirely sure she wants him back.
I Lost My Husband is the world premiere of Leanna Brodie’s English translation of Catherine Léger’s hit comedy J’ai perdu mon mari. A hilarious journey through the important things in life such as love, freedom, karaoke and the hazards of frozen yogurt. I Lost My Husband is Gateway’s third partnership with the leading Vancouver
Vancouver company, Ruby Slippers Theatre, following The List in 2016 and You Will Remember Me in 2017.
By Jovanni Sy
Directed by Craig Hall
A co-production with Vertigo Theatre and Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre
April 12 – 21, 2018 / MainStage
Race and privilege clash in the world premiere of a riveting new crime drama
Gateway is proud to present the world premiere of this powerful new play by Gateway’s Artistic Director, Jovanni Sy. It’s Kowloon in 1924 and a killer is on the loose. Tommy Lam, Hong Kong’s most brilliant police detective, is brought on to investigate. Constantly overlooked by his English superiors, Tommy feels that this case will help him prove himself. The leading suspect, however, is Victor Fung, the son of one of the wealthiest families in Asia. As a cat-and-mouse game ensues between Tommy and his mysterious nemesis, the audience must draw conclusions of their own in this riveting crime drama that will enchant lovers of classic mystery and detective stories.
For more information: gatewaytheatre.com/17-18-season
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