Vancouver Theatre Guide
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  • Friday, August 05, 2016 12:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The opportunity: We’re looking for an Interim Manager to join us!

    The Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance (GVPTA) is currently searching for an Interim Manager to plan and execute programming and initiatives throughout the season, manage the administration needs of the organisation, and to work with the volunteer Board on implementing the current strategic plan. This position is part-time for 5-6 months.

    Responsibilities include:

    • Work with the Board to plan strategically for both short-and long-term goals.
    • Oversee all other GVPTA staff and contractors according to their job descriptions and deadlines.
    • Financial management
      • Prepare and monitor annual budget and cash flow.
      • Make ongoing financial decisions regarding budget development, amendments and/or reductions.
      • Manage the organization’s bookkeeping.
    • Ensure society filings and statutory requirements are fulfilled.
    • Guide fundraising priorities and chooses program areas for grants.
    • Assess existing programming and provide recommendations.
    • Plan, produce, and/or supervise all aspects of GVPTA-hosted events.
    • Take the lead on researching, identifying, and preparing all grant applications and final reports, and liaise with funders and government agencies.
    • Oversee overall development and fundraising strategy in consultation with the board.
    • Advocate for Vancouver Theatre to raise its profile in the larger community.

    Qualifications:

    We are looking for someone who:

    • Understands the varying needs of the membership, driven to serve and advance the community.
    • Can balance “big picture” vision and the implementation of strategic plans while identifying and executing opportunities to build a stronger theatre community.
    • Understands and embodies the value of working collaboratively - internally and externally - to ensure the organization is representative of its membership.
    • Has direct experience or knowledge of marketing and corporate sponsorship.
    • Has experience with writing grants and proposals.
    • Is passionate, positive, mission-driven, and self-directed.

    How to apply:

    Please submit your cover letter and resume to board@gvpta.ca by August 31, 2016. Interviews will be held on a rolling basis. The position will start ASAP.

    Remuneration:

    Part-time at approximately 20 hours/week; $20-$24/hour

     

    Contact name: Kenji Maeda
    Contact email: board@gvpta.ca

     

  • Thursday, August 04, 2016 4:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)
    Ruby Slippers Theatre, in partnership with the Vancouver Fringe Festival and Equity in Theatre, is pleased to announce the plays selected for the 2016 Advance Theatre: New Works by Women program, which will be presented September 12-16 during the Vancouver Fringe Festival.

    The committee read over 100 plays submitted from across Canada before selecting five new plays by female-identifying playwrights. Priority in curating the scripts was diversity of all kinds (age, cultural background, sexual orientation, physical ability).

    Dramatic readings of the selected shows will be presented as weekday matinees during the 2016 Fringe Festival at the False Creek Gym, located at 1318 Cartwright Street.

    • Aiming to Float by Janet Hinton, directed by Laura McLean. Monday, September 12 at 1:30pm
    At a pain clinic, a new and uncooperative patient clashes with her exercise therapist. Faced with crises of physical and emotional pain, together they discover the possibility of love.

    • zahgidiwin/love by Frances Koncan, directed by Christine Quintana. Tuesday, September 13 at 1:30pm
    A dark, decolonial comedy set against the backdrop of colonial Canada, zahgidiwin/love is a postcolonial fantasy about intergenerational trauma, cultural genocide, truth and reconciliation, and rock’n'roll.

    • The Long Call by Jenn Griffin, directed by Heidi Taylor. Wednesday, September 14 at 1:30pm
    Holly, an ex-exotic dancer, is close to fulfilling her life’s dream of freeing captive orangutans into the wild when her long estranged ex-boyfriend, Jack, shows up to settle an ancient score. The Long Call is a darkly funny, multimedia piece inspired by shadow puppetry, philosophy, and high stakes poker.

    • Anywhere but Here by Carmen Aguirre, directed by Anita Rochon. Thursday, September 15 at 1:30pm
    A darkly comic, magic realist play that centres around the quest for home. A family of four Chilean refugees drive a mint condition, hot pink 1950s convertible through the Arizona desert, en route to Chile, which according to the father, is paradise.

    • Women of Papiyek by Quelemia Sparrow, directed by Kim Harvey. Friday, September 16 at 1:30pm
    Generations of European and Indigenous mixed race families lived in Papiyek (now called Brockton Point in Stanley Park) before being evicted from their homes and forced to re-locate. This is the story of three Indigenous women who lived in Papiyek at the turn of the 20th century.

    Advance Theatre debuted at the 2015 Fringe Festival to great success and standing room-only houses. According to a national study, women account for less than a third of artistic directors, working directors, and produced playwrights in professional Canadian theatre. Advance Theatre was created to provide more opportunities and profile to diverse female playwrights and directors.


    ABOUT RUBY SLIPPERS THEATRE

    Multi-award winning Ruby Slippers Theatre produces provocative text-based theatre with a major focus on the French Canadian canon in English translation. We tell stories that illuminate diverse perspectives and social issues. This season, Ruby Slippers Theatre produced three MainStage productions, as well as the inaugural offering of Advance Theatre: New Works by Women with partners Equity in Theatre and the Vancouver Fringe Festival.

     

    ABOUT THE VANCOUVER FRINGE FESTIVAL

    The Vancouver Fringe is a celebration of theatre. Over 11 days more than 90 theatre companies come together to share their creativity on stage. The uniqueness of the Fringe comes from the “everyone is welcome” selection technique—Mainstage shows are literally drawn from a hat, while Bring Your Own Venue (BYOV) artists find their own venue, some of them in surprising locations! The Fringe revels in its identity as part theatre, part party. Every night of the Festival, there’s free live music and performances at the Fringe Bar. The Fringe is a cultural experience unlike any other!


    MORE INFORMATION: rubyslippers.ca



  • Thursday, August 04, 2016 11:00 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Since performers collect 100% of the base ticket price (the advertised price of $14 includes fees and taxes), volunteers are the lifeblood of the Vancouver Fringe Festival. Each year, nearly 600 people from all walks of life take on volunteer roles from helping set up venues, to answering artists’ and audience members’ questions, to serving drinks at the Fringe Bar, to selling tickets, to ushering. We have a very small number of permanent staff, so the Fringe couldn’t exist without volunteers like you!

    We are now accepting applications for the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival! The Festival will run September 8 – 18, 2016.

    For more information, check out vancouverfringe.com


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  • Wednesday, August 03, 2016 4:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Do you LOVE live theatre? Gallery 7 Theatre is looking to hire a permanent part-time Revenue Development Director.

    The opportunity:

    We are seeking a committed Revenue Development Director to help our amazing live theatre company, Gallery 7, based in Abbotsford, B.C. to both grow and to secure a new theatre home through donor and sponsor recruitment & stewardship, and through securing grants.

    This is a permanent, part-time position starting as soon as possible with the potential of developing in to a full-time position that will be responsible for all business aspects of the Society.

    Who are we looking for?

    • An energetic, kind communicator.
    • A people-person who can reach out into the community and build relationships.
    • Takes initiative and is able to build a corporate sponsorship membership.
    • Communicates directly with donors and people who love live theatre.
    • Has fundraising or sponsorship experience or are good at raising money.
    • Skilled at setting goals and moving assertively toward those goals.
    • LOVES live theatre.
    • Pays attention to detail.

    About Gallery 7 Theatre:

    Gallery 7 Theatre is based in Abbotsford.  We are a community/semi-professional theatre dedicated to presenting entertaining and thought-provoking theatre that explores the spiritual, relational and social aspects of the human experience with a vision towards hope, reconciliation and redemption.

    Now in its 26th year, the Society produces a mainstage season consisting of 4 productions and a comedy-improv night, plus a workshop series and a summer theatre camp program for children and youth ages 6 – 18.

    How to apply:

    Please send cover letter, resume and samples of fundraising writing (if possible) to info@gallery7theatre.com. Please write in the subject line, “Application – Revenue Development Director.” This posting will remain open until a suitable person is found.

    We appreciate applications from all qualified candidates; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  Please, no phone calls or faxes.  Please address correspondence to Ken Hildebrandt, Executive/Artistic Director.

     

    More information: gallery7theatre.com

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  • Wednesday, August 03, 2016 9:00 AM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Vancouver Fringe Festival and Playwrights Theatre Centre are calling for applications for the fifth year of the Fringe New Play Prize. Through the Fringe New Play Prize, PTC and the Vancouver Fringe offer BC artists a leg up in the process of creating and producing with material support. BC writers and producing teams with a project underway for the 2017 Fringe season are encouraged to submit.

    The program offers:

    • Eight months of dramaturgy
    • Some free creation and rehearsal space
    • A free spot in PTC’s how-to-produce-theatre seminar series, Block P
    • A free and guaranteed space on the Fringe Mainstage, September 2017.

    All told, the Fringe New Play Prize is a juicy package with a $5000 value: ($800 Fringe application  fee + $1000 in studio space + $3000 of dramaturgy + script copying + promotion).  The production costs are the responsibility of the applicant.

    The application asks for:

    • A script idea, outline, fragment or draft
    • The resumes of artists involved in the creation
    • A production plan – A production plan is a rough timeline of the production process for your project, including deadlines for important decisions and processes such as when and how all the major resources have to be in place: personnel, money, design, promotion etc.   You are producing your own work and we need to feel confident that you have some idea how to do it.

    The decision is made by a jury of readers based primarily on the artistic potential of the idea/script supported by evidence that it has a realistic chance of succeeding. Applications must be received no later than October 2, 2016 and the winner will be announced at the Fringe Festival Lottery Party in early December.

     

    To apply, go to: playwrightstheatre.com/programs/fringe-new-play-prize

    The 2016 winner of the Prize, Deneh’Cho Thompson, has been working with PTC’s Kathleen Flaherty on his Fringe play The Girl Who Was Raised by Wolverine, using studio sessions with theatre makers combined with research sessions and script meetings.  This first Fringe version of The Girl Who Was Raised by Wolverine will open at the 2016 Vancouver Fringe this September.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION: Email  kathleen@playwrightstheatre.com

     

    About Playwrights Theatre Centre

    Theatre is alive. An ever-evolving dialogue with life and with the world. PTC is where that conversation starts. We collaborate on new work with emerging and established theatre artists. Our focus is dramaturgy, development, playmaking from A to Z. We help artists transform their practice and ideas. New and necessary stories take shape. Fresh ways of working, thinking and creating emerge. We foster a culture of inclusivity and aim to make PTC accessible to the widest community possible.

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    About Vancouver Fringe Festival

    The Vancouver Fringe is a celebration of every kind of theatre imaginable. Over 11 days in September, more than 90 different theatre artists and companies come together to share their creativity on stage. Audiences are as varied as the performances with theatrical offerings for all tastes and ages.

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  • Wednesday, July 20, 2016 4:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    the frank theatre celebrated the launch of their 20th anniversary season on July 19 at a Q2Q pre-conference event that included readings, performances and music.

    Check out THIS VIDEO of the announcement.


    MORE INFORMATION: thefranktheatre.com

  • Monday, July 18, 2016 4:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    The Presentation House is excited to announce the collection of performance experiences they’ve put together for next season:

    Our shows range from an insightful literary mystery to a whimsical global offering with real baking and live music. We have new dance theatre from one of Canada’s hottest aboriginal contemporary dance companies; world class vaudeville from Montreal, and the premiere of a gripping World War One drama that we’ve worked on for over a year. And there’s a series of World Roots and Jazz concerts that are perfect for our intimate setting.

    Together we’ll Laugh, Cry, Think, Learn.

    Show details and ticket info at www.phtheatre.org.

    We invite you to unplug, unwind, and come to the world of Presentation House Theatre in 2016/17:  



    Walt Whitman’s Secret

    October 12 – 23

    Walt Whitman’s Secret mines the life of the most influential poet in the American canon for insights about creativity, sexuality, relations between the sexes and the often irreconcilable tensions between idealized love and how love actually manifests.

    Produced by the frank theatre company, with the support of Presentation House Theatre

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    Ages Of The Moon

    October 27 – November 6

    Two highly regarded veteran actors of Canadian theatre, Alec Willows and Jon Bryden, are joined by a talented team of award winning designers and led by director John Cooper in presenting this gruff, affecting and funny play by Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard, one of America’s most celebrated dramatists.

    Produced by Lonesome Moon Productions, with the support of Presentation House Theatre

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    Derek Gripper

    October 30

    What happens when a classical guitarist from Capetown, South Africa discovers the kora (a 21 string lute)? A delicate and breathtaking new art form that is bringing Malian kora music to new audiences world-wide.

    A Presentation by Cap Global Roots Series and Presentation House Theatre

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    Baking Time

    November 25 – December 11

    Presentation House Theatre and UK’s Oily Cart presents

    Baking Time - a fantastic feast for the senses for 3-6 year olds, and their friends and families. With LIVE music and REAL baking!

    An international collaboration between Presentation House Theatre and UK’s 

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    Salmon Girl 

    January 26 – 29, February 3 – 5

    Raven Spirit Dance’s

    Salmon Girl explores the world of water and salmon.  Through theatre, dance, music and puppetry, this piece for all ages follows the journey of a young girl into this magical world.

    Produced by  Raven Spirit Dance, with the generous support of Presentation House Theatre

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    Redpatch

    March 29 – April 2

    This historical drama focuses on a young Métis soldier from the Nuu-chah-nulth nation of Vancouver Island who volunteers to fight for Canada in the First World War. Set in both Canada and the battlefields of France, REDPATCH follows the experiences of this young soldier as he endures the horrors of trench warfare. This world premiere production will coincide with the 100-year anniversary of the historical Battle of Vimy Ridge.

    Produced by Hardline Productions, with the generous support of Presentation House Theatre

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    Germán López

    April 2

    Imagine the love child of a ukulele and a guitar and you have the small but resonant 5-string timple. Virtuoso timple player Germán López hails all the way from the Canary Islands off the Southern Coast of Spain and is bringing his unique and modern take on timple music to venues all over the world.

    A presentation by Cap Global Roots Series and Presentation House Theatre

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    And especially for the Holidays*

     The SantaLand Diaries

    December 8 – 18

    Mature content – NOT recommended for children.

    “The funniest Christmas play ever written” is a biting and slightly fictionalized account of humourist David Sedaris’ time as one of Macy’s store Christmas elves.

    Produced by GTI Theatrical Productions Society with the generous support of Famous Artists Limited.

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    A Prairie Christmas

    December 13

    The Nadeau Ensemble performs A Prairie Christmas, a captivating concert of music to celebrate the season, honour special traditions and cherish with family and friends. Join us on an enchanting journey that evokes memories and reminds us, through music, what Christmas is all about.

    Presented by The Nadeau Ensemble

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    Cool Yule!

    December 14

    Time again to be WOWED by Van Django’s 4th annual Cool Yule! Christmas Show - a high level, musical adventure that delivers fun, festive and seasonal music via nostalgic favourites, jazz standards, pop tunes, classical quotes, and sing-alongs, plus a few surprises!

    Presented by VAN DJANGO featuring Keith Bennett and LJ Mounteney

    *As well as presenting our own productions, PHT provides its space to other theatre companies as a rental venue. 

    These Holiday offerings appear at PHT as rentals, with institutional support coming from us. Enjoy!


    MORE INFORMATION: www.phtheatre.org


  • Friday, July 15, 2016 5:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

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    Announcing Studio 58′s 2016/17 Season line-up!

     

    A Message from Kathryn Shaw, Artistic Director:

    Entering our next half-century, Studio 58’s 51st season offers our students and patrons six outstanding opportunities for growth and entertainment. We will present a modern classic – ANGELS IN AMERICA; Shakespeare’s take on the Trojan War – TROILUS AND CRESSIDA: a tap dancing extravaganza – 42nd STREET; and finally Carmen Aguirre’s timely play THE REFUGEE HOTEL. And as usual we will stretch the boundaries of original creation with our two Risky Nights offerings. We invite you to join us for another outstanding season of theatre.

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    ANGELS IN AMERICA

    PART ONE: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES

    September 29 – October 16, 2016

    By TONY KUSHNER

    Directed by Rachel Peake

    Set Design by Drew Facey

    Costume Design by Amy MacDougall

    Lighting Design by Jeff Harrison

    Sound design by Malcolm Dow

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Tony Award for Best Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play in 1993, Angels In America has become a seminal work of the North American canon. Set during the AIDS epidemic in Reagan-era New York City, the play follows two very different, but equally troubled young couples, one gay and the other seemingly heterosexual, whose paths cross by chance. Utilizing everything from precise realism to surrealistic hallucination, and wicked humour to wrenching drama, the play not only examines matters of life, death and faith, it is a political call to arms for the age of AIDS.

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    TROILUS AND CRESSIDA

    November 17 – December 4, 2016

    By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

    Directed by Kevin Bennett

    Set Design by Shizuka Kai

    Costumes designed by Christopher David Gauthier

    Lighting Design by Darren Boquist

    Sound Composition by Benjamin Elliott

    Choreography by Lisa Goebel

    Shakespeare’s most experimental drama receives a modern spin in Kevin Bennett’s interpretation of this part love story, part war drama where passion and violence are inextricably linked. With the Trojan War raging, Shakespeare shows us a world in which lovers yearn to be true and warriors strive to be brave, but both inevitably fail, betrayed by human nature and time.

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    42nd STREET

    Sponsored by the Studio 58 Legacy Fund

    February 2 ‐ 26, 2017

    Music by Harry Warren

    Lyrics by Al Dubin

    Book by Michael Stewart & Mark Bramble

    Based on the Novel by Bradford Ropes

    Original Direction and Dances by Gower Champion

    Originally Produced on Broadway by David Merrick

    Directed by Barbara Tomasic

    Musical Direction by Chris King

    Choreography by Julie Tomaino

    Set Design by Pam Johnson

    Costume Design by Carmen Alatorre

    Lighting Design by Alan Brodie

    The quintessential backstage musical comedy classic, 42nd Street is the song and dance fable of Broadway with an American Dream story and includes some of the greatest songs ever written, such as “We’re in the Money”, “Lullaby of Broadway”, “Shuffle Off to Buffalo”, “Dames”, “I Only Have Eyes For You” and of course, “42nd Street”. Based on a novel by Bradford Ropes and Busby Berkeley’s 1933 movie, 42nd Street tells the story of a starry-eyed young dancer named Peggy Sawyer who leaves her Allentown home and comes to New York to audition for the new Broadway musical Pretty Lady. When the leading lady breaks her ankle, Peggy takes over and becomes a star.

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    THE REFUGEE HOTEL

    March 23 – April 9, 2017

    Written and Directed by CARMEN AGUIRRE

    Set Design by Yvan Morissette

    Costume Design by Elizabeth Wellwood

    Lighting Design by Jaylene Pratt

    Set in a run-down hotel in 1974, only months after the start of the torturous reign of Augusto Pinochet, eight Chilean refugees struggle, at times haplessly, at times profoundly, with the effects of fleeing their homeland. More than a dark comedy about a group of refugees who arrive in Vancouver after Pinochet’s coup, this play is an attempt to give voice to refugee communities from all corners of the globe. Carmen returns to her alma mater to direct.

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    THE RISKY NIGHTS SERIES

    Now in its 17th season, the Risky Nights Series is designed as a bridge between classroom work and main stage productions. At the conclusion of their second year of training, students have an invaluable opportunity to create every aspect of an original theatre piece from start to finish with a professional director, and perform it for an intimate audience.

    Risky Nights #1

    October 11 – 16, 2016

    Directed by Tim Carlson and Daniel Doheny with the fourth term students of Studio 58

    Risky Nights #2

    March 27 – April 2, 2017

    Directed by Stephanie Elgersma & Shizuka Kai with the fourth term students of Studio 58

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    TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW for all Main Stage shows ticketstonight.ca or 604-684-2787

    For tickets to Risky Nights call the Studio 58 Box Office Information Line: 604-323-5227

     

    MORE INFORMATION: studio58.ca


  • Thursday, July 14, 2016 5:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

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    Rumble Theatre is thrilled to announce their stellar line-up of 2016/17 programming. It’s going to be another exciting season (the company’s 26th!) as they shine a spotlight on new talent, new work, and new events.

    “For me, creating contemporary theatre means asking, “What’s new?”,” says Stephen Drover, Rumble Theatre’s Artistic Director. “And our work this season very much focuses on expanding horizons. We’re developing an exciting new play with one of my favourite playwrights, we’re building new relationships with a fantastic team of emerging artists, and we’re engaging with the community in new and fun ways.”

    Tremors 2016. Design by Kristen Johnson.This year’s productions include Tremors (August 11 – 20, 2016 at the Italian Cultural Centre), their festival of emerging talent, and a workshop and staged reading of Titus Bouffonius (Spring 2017 at PL1422), their commission-in-progress by acclaimed Canadian playwright Colleen Murphy.

    They’ve got a lot of other fun activities on tap, including The Living Room (their popular mentorship mixer/meeting series), A Day at Hastings Racecourse, a Titus movie screening, and their annual Halloween party.

    For more information, including dates of all the events, check out rumble.org

     

    ABOUT RUMBLE THEATRE

    At Rumble Theatre we believe in creating a more compassionate world through the communal sharing of stories. We explore our history through commissioning and producing new adaptations of outstanding narratives, we investigate the present moment through producing contemporary plays from the Canadian and world repertoire, and we act as champions of Vancouver’s emerging artists to ensure a vital future. We believe that the theatre can be a place where community is built: a place where we can gather together to gain a deeper understanding of ourselves, and greater empathy for our neighbours.


    MORE INFORMATION: rumble.org


  • Wednesday, July 13, 2016 4:00 PM | GVPTA (Administrator)

    Fringe Alumni & Dynamic Locals Make Up Theatre Wire’s Second Season

    October 12, 2016 – May 20, 2017

    From Fringe Festival favourites to noir-esque murders and Canadian histories, to shows that break conventions, Theatre Wire’s 2016/2017 season offers up an amazing selection of independent theatre.

    As part of the First Vancouver Theatrespace Society’s (FVTS) mission “to create an open and vibrant independent theatre community,” the producers of the Vancouver Fringe started presenting shows year-round in 2014. Theatre Wire is another way to meet that goal—by promoting the work of independent theatre makers—many of whom got their start at the Fringe.

    Theatre Wire’s second full season is filled with Festival alumni, including beloved hit makers Peter n’ Chris and Monster Theatre, alongside Fringe luminaries Pajama Men and Baba Brinkman, as well as local up and comers Tricia Collins, Nebula Theatre, and many more.

    “I’m really excited by this mixed bag of theatrical treats,” FVTS Executive Director David Jordan says. “Like the Fringe, there are some irreverent, genre defying gems, independent theatre mavens that’ll challenge you with searing narratives and theatrical experimentation, and we are also proud to be showcasing new work from emerging artists. We’re taking our place in the independent theatre landscape with our sophomore season and we’re excited to cultivate a whole new audience for independent theatre in Vancouver.”

    Subscription Packages start at just $52.50 for three shows and $90 for six shows—that’s less than $20 per performance. Subscriber Benefits include discounts at The Liberty Distillery and Big Rock Urban Brewery, as well as a limited number of free tickets to an Instant Theatre show at Havana Theatre. Individual show tickets are also available and start at $25 each.

    Theatre Wire’s 2016/2017 season runs till May 20, 2017. See below for a full list of shows:

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    Rap Guide to Climate Chaos
    Baba Brinkman
    October 12–13, 2016 at the Revue Stage
    In his brand new one-man show, “peer reviewed rapper” Baba Brinkman breaks down the politics, economics, and science of global warming in a searing and heartfelt hip-hop manifesto addressing the world’s hottest topic.

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    Three Stories Up
    Alley Theatre
    October 20-31, 2016 at a mystery location
    Part radio play, part film noir, Three Stories Up is an alternate sensory experience performed in complete darkness for the theatrically adventurous. Come into the dark and listen for what happens as a cop tries to solve her husband’s murder. A collaboration between Alley Theatre (Little One, Tape, Mrs. Warren’s Profession) and Mack Gordon (Shake the Sheets!).

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    Frankenstein, 1945
    Nebula Theatre Company
    October 24-30, 2016 at Studio 1398
    Victor Frankenstein, a young doctor who left the Nazi medical experiments in a concentration camp, tries to make peace with the horrors by attempting to bring people back from the dead. However, what he creates is darker than anything he could have ever imagined.

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    Butt Kapinski: Dick On The Loose
    Kapinski Enterprises
    November 3-5, 2016 (Venue TBA)
    Think it’s a solo show? Think again. The continent’s best private eye is back in Vancouver. The characters may have changed, but one thing remains the same: there is no show like this one. Join Butt in a seedy world of shadows, sin, and subterfuge. Co-star in a film noir fantasia. Adults Only.

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    Green Lake
    Solo Collective Theatre
    November 17-27, 2016 at Performance Works
    Summer camp, a chance encounter in a café, moving into a basement apartment, and meeting her past on Knight Street: this is Jane’s journey. The story moves through time as Jane faces difficult decisions, gets her heart broken, and seeks out a deadbeat dad while falling in love.

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    A Peter n’ Chris-tmas Carol
    Peter n’ Chris
    December 9-10 at Performance Works
    When a grumpy Chris is visited on the night before Christmas (or maybe like a week before—honestly it’s a busy time for these ghosts), he wastes most of his time with the first ghost. Now he must decide which of the ghosts he wants to meet before sunrise in order to change his ways.

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    The City and The City
    Upintheair Theatre and The Only Animal
    January 24-February 5, 2017 at The Russian Hall
    Adapted from China Miéville’s novel, City is a dystopic sci-fi-noir mystery unfurling across two “split” cities: distinct cultural-political entities occupying the same physical space. A murder spanning the cities plunges its investigators into peril. A participatory performance using audio technology to deliver the story to life in real time.

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    Pajama Men: Pterodactyl Nights
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    February 16-18, 2017 at Waterfront Theatre as part of the Winterruption Festival
    Blending stand-up, sketch, improv, and outlandish characters in strange situations, the Pajama Men take audiences everywhere and anywhere with delightfully divergent stories. Described as “Improvisers’ improvisers. Actors’ actors. Comedians’ comedians’” (Chicago Tribune), they’ve marked their territory as the kings of the surreal and spontaneous.

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    Gravity
    Tricia Collins
    March 16-18, 2017 at Studio 1398
    Gravity navigates through the journey of four women across the turbulent waters of the Caribbean Diaspora. A fascinating hour of theatre blending light, sound, video, and more.

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    REDPATCH
    Hardline Productions
    April 7-9, 2017 at The York Theatre
    Premiering on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, REDPATCH is the story of a Métis who volunteers to fight in WWI. Set in Canada and the battlefields of France, REDPATCH follows his experiences as he endures the horrors of war, interactions with fellow platoon members, battles with enemy forces, and the struggles with himself.

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    Generation Post Script
    Nebula Theatre Company
    April 11-16, 2017 at Studio 1398
    Two generations into the future, what’s left of humanity survives in space stations around the uninhabitable planet Earth. A group of college students of the “post script” generation—the first born in space—bond over shared anxieties and what happened to the rest of their species.

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    Funny Music Weirdo
    Chase Padgett Productions
    April 20-22, 2017 at Studio 1398
    Chase Padgett, star of 6 Guitars and Nashville Hurricane, swings for the fences with an hour of comedy showcasing music, characters, stories, and his own personal take on why CrossFit is cruel and unusual punishment.

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    The Canada Show:
    The Complete History of Canada in One Hour

    Monster Theatre
    May 18 – 20, 2017 as part of the Vancouver International Children’s Festival
    Created in 2001, The Canada Show toured for 10 years, but Canada’s 150th Anniversary brings it out of retirement! Featuring Justin Beaver, comedy team Cabot & Costello, Jacques Cartier Puppets, and every Canadian Prime Minister in one minute, this show takes you from the Bering Straight to Justin Trudeau in 60 laugh-packed minutes! While The Canada Show is presented as part of the Children’s Festival, the show is meant for all ages!

    MORE INFORMATION: TheatreWire.com


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