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JULY 2021 | VOLUME 205


July 26-Aug 8


Dear theatre lovers and friends,

We still have a long way to go to return to normal—whatever that will prove to be. But at least we have some recognizable LIVE THEATRE events this summer, and the promise of a lot more in the fall. No one imagines that we’ll simply shift back into pre-COVID mode anytime this year, but it’s a good start. Check out the live offerings on our On Now and Coming Soon pages. Some companies continue to present their work online, in filmed form or livestreamed, or sometimes in hybrid. That’s cool, too.Have a look at those listings as well. We’ll continue to update listings weekly as we receive information from the companies.

South Asian Arts Society’s 6th annual Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts takes place online, Aug. 1-31. All events are free. www.monsoonartsfest.ca

Bard on the Beach has announced this summer’s Bard Explored series with SFU Professor Paul Budra and Shakespearian scholars from around the world. Livestreamed Saturdays at 11 am: Aug. 7, Sept. 11, Sept. 25 and Oct. 2. Free. https://bardonthebeach.org/whats-on/bard-explored/

Mitch and Murray Productions presents a staged reading of Aaron Craven’s new play, Instantaneous Blue,Saturday Aug. 14, 8 pm at Redgate Revue Stage on Granville Island. By donation at www.mitchandmurrayproductions.com.

Gateway Theatre will be performing Songs of Summer musical concerts outside their Richmond theatre this summer:Aug. 14, Sept. 11. http://gatewaytheatre.com/summer-concerts

Realwheels Theatre invites submissions for projects by people living with disabilities. Deadline: Aug. 15. Details at https://realwheels.ca/news/call-for-submissions-2021/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=academy_update_more&utm_term=2021-07-25.

Green Thumb Theatre teams up with the BC Summer Reading Club to present Misadventure at the Lighthouse. Michele Riml and Michael St. John Smith have written the script and invite young people to supply the ending. Select endings will be presented at an online playreading, Aug. 18. Info at bcsrc.ca/greenthumb.

The Arts Club presents a 5-episode podcastThis Is Something Else: Consciously Eclectic Histories of the Arts Club, exploring 50+ years of Vancouver theatre and the Arts Club itself. Created by Andrew Kushnir, the podcast draws upon the collective memories of Bill MIllerd, Anosh Irani, Ann Mortifee, Morris Panych, Kim Collier, Marcus Mosely, Donna Wong, Omari Newton, Katrina Dunn and Jerry Wasserman, among many others. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/this-is-something-else-consciously-eclectic-histories/id1558580129

Ruby Slippers Theatre presents an interview with actor, playwright, and podcaster Veenesh Duboisin its Theatre in Multiculture: Perspectives series: https://youtu.be/CTeCTc3iR_A

Arts Club artistic director Ashlie Corcoran is pregnant and taking leave from her job until next spring. In her absence, Rachel Peake will take over as Associate Artistic Director, Programming. Congrats to both Ashlie and Rachel – break legs!!

United Players has announced a five-play season at the Jericho Arts Centre. The company has also announced the $2500 Andrée Karas Scholarship in honour of United Players’ long-time former artistic director. Season and scholarship info at https://unitedplayers.com/opportunities/.

Metro Theatre has announced an 8-play 2021-22 seasonhttps://metrotheatre.com.

New Westminster’s Massey Theatre has also announced a season of live music, comedy and theatre. https://www.masseytheatre.com/massey-theatre-2021-2022-season/

Coquitlam’s Evergreen Cultural Centre is offering a series of summer arts camps. Info at https://evergreenculturalcentre.ca/summer-camps/.

West Van’s Kay Meek Arts Centre is holding a fundraising raffle with a $5000 grand prize. Draw Aug. 26. HERE.

The frank theatre company’s Telling It Bent Youth Showcase, new work by LGBTQ2S+ youth is now online. Watch at https://www.instagram.com/thefranktheatre/channel/ or https://www.facebook.com/145026452215311/videos/206372234482137

Little Mountain Lion Productions presents 41 Stories Written by Kids. Five professional theatre artists perform stories written and directed by elementary school kids. Online at https://littlemountainlionproductions.com/41stories/

Realwheels Theatre has launched the Realwheels Acting Academy, a professional actor training program customized for individuals who self-identify with disability. The program is completely FREE. Info HERE.

Studio 58 at Langara College is offering a new three-year Production Diploma Program. Info at www.studio58.ca. Studio 58 has also announced its 2021-22 season: https://langara.ca/studio-58/current-season/index.html.

Please stay healthy and keep practising responsible social behaviour.

Take care,



— Barack and Michelle Obama, 2009
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