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FEBRUARY 2018 | Volume 164


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Studio 58, Langara College
Mar. 14-25
www.studio58.ca or 604-684-2787

Studio 58/Langara College presents

New Work by Excited Writers
In Repertory March 14 – 25
Supported by George Stephenson
ALL TICKETS ONLY $15.00 (+ $2.50 service fee)


INSTITUTIONALIZED by Kelsey Kanatan Wavey | Directed by Deneh'Cho Thompson
Featuring Joel Montgrand as Edwin

CHIMERA by Heather Barr & Lili Robinson | Directed by C.E. Gatchalian


FREEDOM '56 by Matthias Falvai | Directed by Fay Nass

AIN'T: THE MUSICAL by David Johnston & Erik Gow | Directed & Choreographed by Kayla Dunbar

DRAMATURGY Aaron Bushkowsky | SET DESIGN Shizuka Kai | COSTUME DESIGN Melissa McCowell | LIGHTING DESIGN Keagan Elrick

FourPlay: New Work by Excited Writers continues a Studio 58 tradition. This year marks the 12th mounting of this popular festival of one-act plays, featuring original work by Studio 58 students and recent graduates, once again under the tutelage of award-winning playwright Aaron Bushkowsky. In two exciting programs, directed by four of BC's best directors, the six playwrights delve into contemporary themes with a sharp eye and fresh voice.

Aaron Bushkowsky writes, "This year's FourPlay offers us diverse and challenging plays from the harrowing Soviet occupation of Hungary to a funny musical about the word "ain't". And, in between, a play about a First Nations family coping with prejudice and disconnection, and a modern-day story about gender identity and sexual awakening with fries on the side. These pieces have something for everybody and show great potential. I hope everyone enjoys them as much as I have working on them as a dramaturge and mentor. Congratulations to our first-time playwrights. Have fun and play!"

Program A


by Kelsey Kanatan Wavey     | Directed by Deneh'Cho Thompson | Featuring Joel Montgrand as Edwin

Institutionalized is a play about the isolation of the institutions that we live in including marriage, education, foster care, health care and the systemic racism towards indigenous people that occurs within them. When the black sheep of the family is in a bad accident, he is forced to make decisions that can reconnect him and the whole family but must first face long histories of mistrust between the system, within the family and his own personal demons.


by Heather Barr & Lili Robinson | Directed by C.E. Gatchalian

Set in a fast food restaurant at two in the morning, this hyper-current dark comedy explores the candid conversations of six characters from a variety of backgrounds, genders, and worldviews. As the night goes on, these characters are forced to face their fears and grapple with closely held beliefs, whether it be their spirituality, the question of gender fluidity, or the controversial debate between conventional and organic ketchup. In a society where we are all taught to fit into boxes, Chimera drops us into the minds and hearts of six young people living in the in-between, scrambling to find human connection and forge their identities in today's world.

Program B


by Matthias Falvai | Directed by Fay Nass

Set in Soviet-occupied Hungary at the dawn of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, Freedom '56 follows the story of a family and their struggle for identity: a freedom fighting Father, a proud Mother, a wayward Son, and a whimsical god-daughter searching for freedom in a suppressive world. Inspired by true family stories, Freedom '56 engages its audience with a poetic writing evoking desperate times in this war-torn country. 


by David Johnston & Erik Gow | Directed & Choreographed by Kayla Dunbar

Massachusetts, 1961. The literary world is about to be rocked to its core by the largest scandal in dictionary history. (Yes, really! Dictionary history.) On the eve of their most ambitious publication to date, the men and women of Merriam-Webster face an unexpected impasse that will literally redefine the course of linguistics in the English-speaking world... forever! Sound imposing? Don't worry. It's also a bubbly, fizzy musical comedy with catchy tunes that will get your footnotes tapping away. Ain't: The Musical will turn the page on the way you think about language... and them that use it.

Warning – These plays contain mature language and subject matter.

Studio 58, Langara College presents FourPlay: New Work by Excited Writers


Preview: Wednesday, March 14 @ 8 pm; Opening: Thursday, March 15 @ 8 pm   
Runs: Tuesday, March 20 @ 8 pm; Thursday, March 22 @ 8 pm; Saturday, March 24 @ 8 pm; and Sunday, March 25 @ 3 pm.


Preview: Friday, March 16@ 8 pm; Opening: Saturday, March 17 @ 8 pm
Runs: Sunday, March 18 @ 3 pm; Wednesday, March 21 @ 8 pm; Friday, March 23 @ 8 pm; and Saturday, March 24 @ 3 pm.

Curtain time TUESDAY to SATURDAY is 8:00 PM with a matinee on Saturday and Sunday at 3:00 PM (except March 17). ALL TICKETS ONLY $15.00 (+ $2.50 service fee). For information and reservations please call Tickets Tonight at (604) 684.2787 (an extra phone charge of $5.00 per order will apply) or order on-line at ticketstonight.ca

STUDIO 58 is located in the basement of the Main Building, Langara College, 100 W. 49th Ave, Vancouver, BC, V5Y 2Z6. www.studio58.ca






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