FEBRUARY 2020 | VOLUME 188
FEB 24-MAR 8
WHAT'S THAT IN THE AIR?
Is it premature to say that spring is in the air? That the Canucks should make the playoffs? (Ok, bite tongues, no jinxing.) That theatre blossoms like spring flowers across the region? Particularly exciting is that so much of what’s on and what’s coming is new work or nearly-new. We’re in the midst of a quietly creative cultural renaissance here that should be acknowledged. It’s not just our TV and film industry b(l)ooming.
Continuing this week: Ronnie Burkett’s Forget Me Not at a secret location, Cipher at the Granville Island Stage, Talking Sex on Sunday at the Firehall, Big Sister at The Cultch, The Gazebo at Metro, Madama Butterfly at Burnaby’s Shadbolt Centre, and the Talking Stick Festival at The Cultch and Roundhouse.
The Arts Club’s tour of Pacific Theatre’s Kim’s Convenience at Surrey Arts Centre, Steel Magnolias at the Nest on Granville Island, Murder on the Nile in Langley, Drinking Habits 2 in New Westminster, and TheatreSports at Granville Island’s Improv Centre.
Opening Feb. 24-Mar. 1: Dear Evan Hansen in its Vancouver debut at the Queen E., Best of Enemies at Pacific Theatre, for the kids Carousel’s The House at Pooh Corner at the Waterfront and Hands and Feet at North Van’s Presentation House, Le NoShow Vancouver at Performance Works, Talking Stick’s Isitwendam (An Understanding) at the Roundhouse, and The Wedding Party previews at the BMO Centre.
Opening Mar. 2-8: The Arts Club’s The Wedding Party at the BMO Centre, Anna Bella Eema at The Cultch, Inheritance: a choose-your-adventure experience at The Annex, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) at New West’s Douglas College, Kim’s Convenience on tour lands at Coquitlam’s Evergreen Centre, and TheatreSports presents a one-off for International Women’s Day.
Mitch and Murray Productions invites you to a Cabaret Party fundraiser, featuring Blind Play Date for actors, comedian Peter Chao and music from China Repair. Blind auction includes a Canucks jersey signed by Daniel Sedin. Sunday Mar. 8, 3-6 pm at The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Tickets $25. www.mitchandmurrayproductions.com
Aaron Craven is offering an on-camera audition workshop through the Working Actors Gym. Feb. 29, 2:30-5:30 & Mar. 1, 10am-5pm. $225 + gst. Send headshot and resume to email@example.com.
Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture offers the Geoff McMurchy Artists Development Grant to a BC artist living with a disability. The grant includes a $500 cash award, a $250 Opus gift card and more. Info at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-343-9141. Deadline: Mar. 1.
Hardline Productions’ Sean Harris Oliver (The Fighting Season, Redpatch) is offering a Writers’ Intensive with work on playwriting, film and TV scripts. Five Sundays in March at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 12th & Hemlock. 20 hours of class time. $300 + cost of materials. For info, email Sean at email@example.com.
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.
Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre and Playwrights Theatre Centre invite Asian-Canadian playwrights to submit to the MSG Lab Play Development Program. Three playwrights will have their scripts developed, get a staged reading plus free writing workshops. Details at https://vact.ca/msg-lab-submissions/. Deadline: April 1.
Carousel Theatre for Young People has opened registration for their Summer Drama Camps, July 20-Aug. 31, for kids ages 3-6 and 7-12. Info at https://www.carouseltheatre.ca/classes/summer-drama-camps/.
THE ARTS ARE NOT SOMEHOW APART FROM OUR NATIONAL LIFE,
THE ARTS ARE THE HEART OF OUR NATIONAL LIFE.
— Barack and Michelle Obama, 2009
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