JUNE 2020 | VOLUME 192
LOCAL THEATRE & COVID-19 UPDATES
Dear theatre lovers and theatre friends,
Vancouverplays continues to suspend daily updates since all our theatres are dark for the immediate future. We now update the site weekly.
Every week there’s more hope that this pandemic will soon fade away to the point where live theatre and life in general can return to something approaching the normal we didn’t appreciate before all this happened. And every week our theatre artists and companies are figuring out more ways to present themselves in this “new normal.”
But first, read this Globe and Mail article from May 25. The authors propose a radical federal government human infrastructure program to save the arts in Canada, a version of the WPA in the U.S. during the Depression. It’s an ambitious but doable program that should generate lots of ideas and maybe some action: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/article-canadas-arts-sector-needs-transformative-action-similar-to-works/
Langley’s Theatre in the Country is presenting plays live on Zoom at 7:30. Next up: Tartuffe, June 5-6. Then Curtain Raisers by GB Shaw and JM Horton, June 12-13; two one-acts by AA Milne, June 19-20; The 13th Chair by Bayard VeillerJune 26-27. Viewing is on a pay-what-you-can basis, minimum $5. For more information and tickets, go to https://theatreinthecountry.com/2739-2/.
We look forward to the Jessie Awards, taking place virtually this year. Nominees will be announced June 8, 7 pm. The awards will be handed out on June 28 at 7. Stay tuned for more details.
Neworld Theatre is presenting its PodPlays at FOLDA, the Festival of Live Digital Art, June 10-20. Info: https://www.folda.ca/event/podplays-2020-theatre-to-the-power-of-one/.
Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (re-christened vACT) in conjunction with Playwrights Theatre Centre presents a free public reading of Oh Sandra! by June Pang. June 16, 7 pm via Zoom. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upintheair Theatre presents its e-Volver Festival, June 18-27 on various online platforms. Nine new experimental performances will premiere. Information about shows, schedules and registration at https://www.upintheairtheatre.com/.
Having trouble keeping your kids occupied? Carousel Theatre for Young People presents Storytime Saturday. Every Saturday at 11 am, an actor reads a story or two of their choice. Free, but donations welcome. For info go to https://www.facebook.com/carouseltheatre.
The Arts Cub’s Digital Content Platform offers performances by Arts Club actors plus interviews with its artists and company history. Each Wednesday, an Arts Club instructor will present a Zoom workshop. Info HERE.
New York Times’ theatre critic Ben Brantley discusses some “Plays of Confinement” you might want to read, or re-read, while we’re still semi-locked away, from Endgame to No Exit and beyond: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/31/theater/confinement-plays-beckett.html?action=click&module=Features&pgtype=Homepage
Stream the benefit concert for Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday, free, featuring a glittering array of Broadway stars and great Sondheim songs HERE.
Various streaming services are offering theatrical adaptations, documentaries and live-to-film plays. See the New York Times, “Where to Find Drama Now? All the Internet’s a Stage” HERE, and Colin Thomas’ April 16 Fresh Sheet HERE. See my Vancouver Sun article HERE and Kelly Nestruck’s Globe and Mailpiece HERE.
How are Vancouver theatre artists handling the uncertainties and pains of having no work? See “Surviving Covid: A Resilient Theatre Community Faces the Unknown” (https://vancouversun.com/entertainment/local-arts/surviving-covid-a-resilient-theatre-community-faces-the-unknown/), and “Five Examples of Actors Doing Kickass Content Marketing” (https://thomasgage.com/blog/actors-content-marketing-examples).
Please stay safe and healthy, and practice responsible social behaviour. To our many theatre friends who are struggling without income during this crisis: be strong and be well.
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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