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JUNE 2020 | VOLUME 192





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 Jessie Richardson theatre awards were announced Monday night, the ceremony held online of course. The Arts Club scored big with eight Jessies in the Large Theatre category. Noises Off won Best Production, Best Director (Scott Bellis), and Best Supporting Actress (Tess Degenstein). The Best Actress Award went to Deena Aziz for A Thousand Splendid Suns, and John Ullyatt won Best Supporting Actor for Matilda. The Arts Club’s The Sound of Music was named Outstanding Musical production.

The Best Actor award went to Robert Salvador for Best of Enemies (Pacific Theatre). Design awards were spread around among the Arts Club, Pacific Theatre, Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre and Bard on the Beach. A Significant Artistic Achievement Award went to Inheritance: a pick-the-path experience.

In Small Theatre, The Search Party’s The Father won six awards including Best Production, Best Director (Mindy Parfitt), Best Actor and Actress (Kevin McNulty, Jillian Fargey), set and lighting design. Raincity Theatre won three Jessies for Company, including Best Production of a Musical and Significant Artistic Achievement for the ensemble cast. Chris Francisque won Best Supporting Actor for Ensemble’s Superior Donuts and Elizabeth Kirkland Best Supporting Actress for Slamming Door Collective’s The Sea.

Axis Theatre’s Th’owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dishwon Outstanding Production for Theatre for Young Audiences. Carousel’s Marlene Ginander took home the Jessie for Outstanding Performance in Bad Hats Theatre’s Peter Pan. Jan Derbyshire’s Certified, produced by Touchstone Theatre, was the Outstanding New Script and also the Critics’ Choice Innovation Award winner. Wendy Bross Stuart took home the GVPTA Career Achievement Award, and Heather Barr was the Sam Payne Award winner for Outstanding Newcomer. The Sydney Risk Outstanding Original Script by an Emerging Playwright award went to Derek Chan’s Chicken Girl, Chris Lam received the Ray Michal Award for Emerging Director, and Heidi Taylor received the Vancouver Now Representation and Inclusion award.

Congratulations to all the nominees and Jessie Award recipients. For a full list of Jessie Awards go to www.jessieawards.com

Boca del Lupo presents two theatre projects, July 1-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. Nana’s Naughty Knickers (I kid you not) July 3-4; The Importance of Being Earnest, July 10-11, A Night with Alice Gerstenberg, July 17-18, 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.

Rumble Theatre and Theatre Replacement, in partnership with SFU Special Collections join forces with the e-Volver Festival to present a digital gathering of performance ephemera. Artists, companies and members of the performance community are invited to submit digital pieces for archiving over the course of the Festival. For more information, go to https://www.upintheairtheatre.com/ephemera-evolver.

Congratulations to the Arts Club for creating 20 temporary full-time jobs in Education and Community Outreach for theatre artists out of work. Many of the people hired were involved in Arts Club shows that were cancelled because of COVID. This a fantastic initiative – a big THANKS to the Arts Club.

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.

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.

Take care,



— Barack and Michelle Obama, 2009
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