NOVEMBER 2020 | VOLUME 197
LIVE THEATRE DOWN FOR THE COUNT
Dear theatre lovers and friends,
Sadly, we were prophetic when we posted on last week’s home page, GET TO THE THEATRE AND SEE A PLAY BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!! The shutdown of all live theatre on Nov. 19 until Dec. 3 (at least) still took most of us by surprise. It also seems unfair and illogical, given how safe and careful our theatre productions have been, and how other event venues—movies, gyms, bars—remain open. I sent a letter of protest to Premier John Horgan (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Minister of Health Adrian Dix (HLTH.Minister@gov.bc.ca). You can read it HERE. Feel free to adapt it to your own experience and opinions, and let our leaders know that live theatre DESERVES to remain ongoing.
Many of the shows that were scheduled to run live AND online will now run online only along with the shows that were already scheduled to run online only. There are quite a number of these. Check our On Now and Coming Soon pages for specific information.We will update listings daily as we receive information from the companies about their plans.
Realwheels Theatre presents an online reading of Gimpy: A New Musical by Kirsten Kirsch, Nov. 25, 7 pm. Reserve your free ticket HERE.
Pacific Theatre presents a Friday Night Reads series, 8 pm Fridays:The Mountaintop by Katori Hall, Nov. 27; The Messiah by Patrick Barlow, Dec. 4. Tickets & info at www.pacifictheatre.org.
Victoria’s Belfry Theatre presents an online play reading: A Christmas Carol adapted by Michael Shamata, Dec. 23, 7 pm. For info and tickets www.belfry.bc.ca
Coquitlam’s Evergreen Cultural Centre presents Fall Speakeasy Sessions, a variety of live performances. https://evergreenculturalcentre.ca/fall-speakeasies/
Richmond’s Gateway Theatre is offering a free salon series. 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
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.
Pi Theatre has joined The National Transformations Project, sponsored by the National Arts Centre. Three of its artists are online, responding to the question, “What would it take to transform our society for the betterment of us all?” https://pitheatre.com/shows/transformations
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.
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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