september 2016 | Volume 147
sept. 19-oct. 2, 2016
CRAZY BUSY THEATRE STUFF, SEASON OPENERS and CONGRATS TO THE FIREHALL
With this year’s very successful Fringe Festival and post-Fringe now over, we move on to season openers for a number of companies and a burst of independent theatre activity all over the Metro region.
But first, congratulations to Artistic Producer Donna Spenser and the Firehall Arts Centre for receiving the 2016 International Centre for Women Playwrights 50/50 Applause Award, given to theatres that produced 50% or more female playwrights in their 2015/16 season. This award speaks for itself. Female playwrights have been consistently under-represented on our stages. Bravo to the Firehall.
Ongoing to the end of the month or beyond are the Arts Club’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery at the Stanley, Metro Theatre’s Haywire, Surreal: An Interactive Theatre Experience at a secret Gastown location, and Vancouver TheatreSports’ OK Tinder – Swipe Right Comedy and Firecracker! Dynamite Ladies. Explosive Comedy at the Improv Centre.
Opening for short runs: Coquitlam Rises! celebrates that city’s 125th birthday at Coquitlam’s Evergreen Cultural Centre; Catching Fire: The Musical is at Studio 1398; and Chop Theatre’s Sonic Elder at The Penthouse (that’s right, The Penthouse).
Opening for longer runs: Pacific Theatre starts its season with the premiere of Cara Norrish’s A Good Way Out; the Firehall opens with Cathy Jones’ solo show A Stranger to Hard Work; The Cultch kicks off with Edgar Oliver’s monologue Helen & Edgar; UBC’s opener is Marlowe’s Edward II, directed by recent West Coast transplant Mary Vingoe; Studio 58 presents Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches; and TheatreSports adds Trump Card – Winner Takes All to their offerings at the Improv Centre. The Arts Club’s The Flick starts previews at the Granville Island Stage; Western Gold premieres Jane Clayton and Judy Ginn Walchuk’s Comfort Cottages at the PAL Studio; Bad Girls: The Musical opens at The Renegade Shop; Frankenstein 1930 at White Rock’s Coast Capital Playhouse; and Aaron Sorkin’s A Few Good Men plays at Maple Ridge’s Theatre in the Country.
Touchstone Theatre has announced Roy Surette as its new artistic director to succeed Katrina Dunn. Congratulations to both Roy and Touchstone for this exciting news. Roy ran Touchstone in the 1980s, then was artistic director of Victoria’s Belfry and Montreal’s Centaur Theatre. He’s a great guy and a terrific director and we’re fortunate to have someone of his caliber to follow Katrina’s great run with this important company. www.touchstonetheatre.com
Rumble Theatre presents The Living Room with David Jordan of the Fringe and Joyce Rosario of PuSh discussing festivals, Sept. 26, 7-9 pm at 1422 William St.; and a Halloween party also at PL1422, Oct. 29, tickets $15 advance, $20 at the door. www.rumble.org
Theatre Replacement is holding Jet Set, its annual art auction fundraiser, Oct. 15, 7 pm, at West 7 Studios, 14 W. 7th Ave. Tickets $10 (includes a free drink before 8 pm). www.theatrereplacement.org
Mitch and Murray Productions invite applications for their Trevor Craven Memorial Scholarship for Young Actors. The award consists of an 8-week block of classes and a mentorship at the Working Actors Gym for a deserving actor under the age of 25. To apply send a photo and resume and a one-page letter explaining your background, what you know about the company, and why you’re a good candidate for the award to email@example.com. Deadline: Sept. 26.
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