JULY 2020 | VOLUME 193
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.
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.
West Van’s Kay Meek Arts Centre has announced the cancellation of its 2020/21 season, alas.
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. The latest, Pride & Prejudice, plays July 24-25. Viewing is on a pay-what-you-can basis, minimum $5. TIC goes old-normal live on Aug. 22 with Murder in the Manor. For more information and tickets, go to https://theatreinthecountry.com/2739-2/.
Launching July 24, 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
The Firehall Arts Centre is presenting multiple events during its Pride Performance Empowers Weekend, July 31-Aug. 2. http://firehallartscentre.ca/ for tickets and info.
Mitch and Murray Productionsis offering free studio space, Aug. 11-28, to groups and individuals engaged in non-profit activities. Email the following information to www.mitchandmurrayproductions.com: Name of artist(s); address and phone number of main applicant; a paragraph describing your (group's) artistic practice; a paragraph describing what you intend to use the space for; CV(s) if available.
The Arts Club is presenting the latest in its series of SPACED OUT fundraising events: a staged reading of Michele Riml’s Sexy Laundry at the BMO Theatre Centre, Aug. 22-23, 7:30 pm. Only 50 tickets will be sold for each show. Tickets $150. www.artsclub.com
Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre presents a public reading of The Wrong Bashir by Zahida Rahemtulla, Aug. 28, 6 pm on Zoom. Details to follow.
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.
Perry Ehrlich’s Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance! summer programs have gone virtual this year. Next session begins Aug. 3. For info and costs, go to www.jccgv.com.
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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