AUGUST 2020 | VOLUME 194
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 will update the site weekly until live theatre returns. But things are definitely heating up – check out all the events scheduled over the next month or so (below). We’re excited!
The Cultch has announced an elaborate online Fall 2020 season with lots of options of shows to see and ways of seeing them. Go to https://thecultch.com/2020Season/#on.
Ruby Slippers Theatre opens its Theatre in Multiculture: Perspectives video series with Grace Chin interviewing actress/producer Marci T. House. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Gfi0l5yEpo&feature=youtu.be
The Arts Club hosts Dialled Up: An Arts Club Community Celebration, Aug. 8-14. The festival blends virtual and in-person events spotlighting professional development programs and initiatives offered by the company. The festival wraps Aug. 14 with a reading of Redbone Coonhound by Amy Lee Lavoie and Omari Newton to be streamed online by donation. All proceeds to the Arts Club’s new Denis Simpson Fund. More info to come at https://digital.artsclub.com/.
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/.
South Asian Arts’ Monsoon Festival has gone online this year. The Festival runs until Aug. 29. https://www.monsoonartsfest.ca/
Langley’s Theatre in the Country goes old-normal live on Aug. 22 with Murder in the Manor. For more information and tickets: https://theatreinthecountry.com/2739-2/.
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.
Mitch and Murray Productions is 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.
West Van’s Kay Meek Centre is raffling off a trip to Haida Gwaii. Purchase deadline Aug. 25. Buy tickets HERE.
Realwheels Theatre has announced 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. email@example.com
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
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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