SEPTEMBER 2020 | VOLUME 195
More Theatre and a Couple of Losses
Dear theatre lovers and theatre friends,
Both our On Now and Coming Soon pages are getting a little fuller each week, and aren’t we glad! Check out those pages for specific information about shows between now and the end of October.
Very sad news: Technical director and production manager Jayson McLean passed away last month. His death was just recently announced by his family. I had the pleasure of working with Jayson on stage and at UBC, where he taught in the Theatre program. He was a dedicated theatre artist and an all-around great guy. He will be sadly missed. The Jayson McLean Memorial Bursary has been established to assist young artists in Jayson’s name. You can donate on the GoFundMe page HERE.
Green Thumb Theatre has announced the retirement of Patrick McDonald—another great guy—after 32 years as the company’s Artistic Director. Patrick built Green Thumb into one of the world’s best companies for young people, sent its shows out to tour the world, and gave many young Vancouver actors and playwrights great opportunities. One of the artists he mentored, Rachel Aberle, will succeed Patrick as the company’s new Artistic Director. Bravo’s and congrats to them both.
United Players’ five-show season has begun. www.unitedplayers.com
Langley’s Theatre in the Country has begun. www.theatreinthecountry.com
The Vancouver Fringe Festival has begun, with additional events in Oct. and Nov. in a combination of live and virtual performances. www.vancouverfringe.com
The Arts Club’s three-show fall season begins Sept. 24. www.artsclub.com
The Cultch’s online fall season starts Sept. 24. www.thecultch.com
The Firehall is presenting four productions, Oct.-Jan: www.firehallartscentre.ca
Langara’s Studio 58 will offer free performance events online only. www.studio58.ca
Coquitlam’s Evergreen Cultural Centre presents Fall Speakeasy Sessions, a variety of live performances. https://evergreenculturalcentre.ca/fall-speakeasies/
Realwheels Theatre is offering a virtual Fall Playwriting Circle, offering beginning and emerging writers who identify as disabled training and experience in writing for live performance. Saturdays Sept. 19-Dec. 5, 1-3 pm. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Firehall Arts Centre presents Music in the Courtyard, weekends through Sept. 27. $20. For info, go to www.firehallartscentre.ca
Richmond’s Gateway Theatre has cancelled its upcoming production season but is offering a free salon series, beginning. Building Bridges will showcase emerging artists and culturally diverse companies in conversations about how to build a better theatre community. http://www.gatewaytheatre.com/upcoming-events/salon-series
Gateway is also offering theatre classes for kids 6-18. Fall session: Oct.-Dec. Info and registration HERE.
Bard on the Beach has launched a Bard Beyond the Beach website with loads of virtual information. https://bardonthebeach.org/whats-on/bard-beyond-the-beach/
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.
VirtualFeast.ca is a new Indigenous-led online platform to highlight and support the online streaming of contemporary Indigenous performances in the summer of COVID-19. VirtualFeast.ca is a collaborative project of 2 Rivers Remix Society, Full Circle: First Nations Performance, Savage Productions Society, and Vines Arts Festival. www.VirtualFeast.ca
Surrey Civic Theatres’ Digital Stage presents a variety of online performances: https://www.surrey.ca/arts-culture/surrey-civic-theatres/digital-stage
Please stay safe and healthy, and practice responsible social behaviour.
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— Barack and Michelle Obama, 2009
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