JANUARY 2020 | VOLUME 187
WEATHER, MORTALITY, WALTER and PuSh
Winter has finally arrived in earnest and the weather outside is genuinely frightful. All the more reason to see a play. As a new British study confirms, going to the theatre makes you live longer! (See HERE).
We were sad to hear of the death of Walter Learning on Jan. 5 at age 81. A native Newfoundlander, Walter helped pioneer theatre in the Maritimes, founding Theatre New Brunswick. A director and playwright, he served on the Canada Council and ran the Vancouver Playhouse from 1982-87. Those of us who had occasion to work with him knew him as a very good director and a funny, super-nice guy. He will be missed.
The 16th annual PuSh International Performing Arts Festival opens on Jan. 21, full of the usual and unusual array of performance things from across Canada and around the world. But as you can see in the paragraphs below, it’s far from the only thing going on here. From backstage farce to Jacobean revenge tragedy and everything in between, Vancouver-area theatre is cooking this January.
Continuing this week: Hannah Moscovitch’s Infinity at The Cultch, Jenn Griffin’s House and Home at the Firehall, and TheatreSports at Granville Island’s Improv Centre.
Opening Jan. 13-19: The Cultch brings New Zealand’s The WonderWombs to the York, Maki Yi’s Gramma opens at Pacific Theatre, Always a Bridesmaid at Metro, The Changeling at UBC’s Telus Studio, and Artisanal Intelligence at the Havana. The Arts Club on Tour travels to New Westminster’s Anvil Centre and Surrey Arts Centre with Morris Panych’s The Shoplifters.
Opening Jan. 20-26: PuSh openings include Veda Hille’s Little Volcano at The Annex, Quelemia Sparrow’s Skyborn: A Land Reclamation Odyssey at The Cultch, and Hannah Moscovitch’s Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story at UBC’s Frederic Wood Theatre.
The Cultch presents Unikkaaqtuat at the Playhouse, Mama’s Boy opens at Burnaby’s Shadbolt Centre, David French’s Of the Fields, Lately at the Langley Playhouse, Tempting Providence in Abbotsford, and Spine at White Rock’s Peninsula Theatre. The Arts Club previews Noises Off at the Stanley.
United Players has had to cancel its January show, An Enemy of the People, for emergency repairs to the Jericho Arts Centre. UP’s losses are not insured. If you’d like to help the company, donations can be made at http://unitedplayers.com/.
Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre presents new play readings at Progress Lab Studio, 1422 William St.: My Little Tomato by Rick Tae, Jan. 15, 8 pm; Oh Sandra! by June Pang, Jan. 16, 8 pm; Himmat by Gavan Cheema, Jan. 19, 8 pm. Free admission. Reserve at email@example.com.
Ruby Slippers Theatre invites you to a staged reading of Sis Ne’ Bi-Yïz: Mother Bear Speaks by Taninli Wright as part of The Cultch’s Femme Series. Jan. 27, 7 pm at The Vancity Culture Lab. Pay what you can at the door.
Congratulations to Jessica Mann Guttridge, newly appointed Artistic Managing Director of the Chutzpah! Festival and Rothstein Theatre. And our very best wishes to Mary-Louise Albert, who leaves that post after 15 years. Best of luck to you both!!
Monster Theatre invites applications for its Theatre Under the Gun 48 hours play creation competition, beginning April 21 at Performance Works. Applications available at HERE. Fee $20. Deadline Feb. 7.
Ruby Slippers Theatre invites submissions for the 2020 Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women festival, to be held during next year’s Fringe. Playwrights should send a synopsis, brief bio and maximum 10-page script excerpt to firstname.lastname@example.org. One submission per person. Deadline: Feb. 15.
Mitch and Murray Productions invites applications for the Trevor Craven Scholarship. An emerging actor 18-25 will receive two months of free training in the Working Actors Gym. Info and application form at https://mitchandmurrayproductions.com/scholarship-for-young-actors/. Deadline Feb. 15.
Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture announces the Geoff McMurchy Artists Development Grant for a BC artist living with a disability. The grant includes a $500 cash award, a $250 Opus gift card and more. Info at email@example.com or 604-343-9141. Application deadline: Mar. 1.
Applications are now open for the Siloam Theatre Festival, a one-act new play festival held at the Langley Playhouse, July 23-Aug. 1. Submit your 50- to 90-minute play to firstname.lastname@example.org. Accepted plays only will be charged an entry fee of $125 + $20/actor. Playwrights keep 70% of ticket sales. Deadline: Mar. 20.
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