JULY 2020 | VOLUME 193
LOCAL THEATRE & COVID-19 UPDATES
and A CHAOTIC CHANGING OF THE GUARDS
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.
The past couple of weeks have seen the administration of two of our most important companies thrown into chaos. First, the PuSh Festival announced that Associate Artistic Director Joyce Rosario was being let go. Then, on July 3, Artistic Director Franco Boni was terminated. Boni had been with PuSh only a short time. Clearly, there was serious trouble in that organization. Ditto with Carousel Theatre for Young People. After a series of complaints from actors, students and staff, long-time Artistic and Managing Director Carole Higgins is no longer with the organization. Neither PuSh nor Carousel has announced replacements. And with the tenuous state of live theatre in the time of COVID, you have to wonder who would want those jobs.
Boca del Lupo’s two theatre projects continue through Aug. 22 in the Fishbowl, Granville Island. Part theatre and part social intervention, Red Phone is an audience-to-audience performance that utilizes the intimacy of a phone call and the technology of a teleprompter. Plays2Perform@Home is a “Box Set” that can be ordered online. Plays run Thurs.-Sat. 1-5 pm at the Fishbowl. Admission free. Get more info and order Plays2Perform@Home at http://bocadellupo.com/.
Langley’s Theatre in the Country is presenting plays live on Zoom at 7:30. A Night with Alice Gerstenberg, July 17-18, and Pride & Prejudice, July 24-25. Viewing is on a pay-what-you-can basis, minimum $5. For more information and tickets, go to https://theatreinthecountry.com/2739-2/.
Pi Theatre is presenting Encounter: A Cabin Fever Fundraiser, with all funds raised to be split 50-50 between the company and the artists represented at https://www.pitheatre.com/encounter-cabin-fever-fundraiser.
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.
Back Lives Matter: Following George Floyd’s horrible death,many of our theatre companies have publicly expressed their grief, their support for change, and their intentions to make changes within their own structures to address systemic racism. Vancouverplays joins them in support, and in vowing to do better personally and organizationally.
If you can, support the black community in Vancouver by donating to either or both of these worthwhile causes: Black in BC Community Support Fund for COVID-19 provides financial aid for black students, immigrants and others not eligible for EI or CERB benefits HERE. Hogan’s Alley Society is leading efforts to transform and restore the Strathcona neighbourhood that was a thriving African-Canadian community before urban renewal: https://www.hogansalleysociety.org/.
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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