OCTOBER 2020 | VOLUME 196
OCT. 19-Nov. 1
Dear theatre lovers and friends,
We have quite a few shows up and running or on the horizon, live and/or online. The Chutzpah! Festival returns in November in a hybrid form, and our On Now and Coming Soon pages are getting fuller every week. Check those pages for specific information about shows running between now and the end of November.
Playwrights Theatre Centre is hosting Unscripted: yellow objects, Nov. 1, 7 pm, live on Vimeo. Plawright Derek Chan and co-host Davey Calderon bring the voices of Hong Kong democracy activists in Vancouver into conversation with Chan’s play-in-development, yellow objects. www.playwrightstheatre.com
The Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival and Ruby Slippers Theatre present an online play reading of we the same by Sangeeta Wylie. Nov. 2, 8 pm. Info and tickets at www.heartofthecityfestival.com
West Van’s Kay Meek Arts Centre presents a group of mask-makers speaking about The Art and Alchemy of Mask Theatre, Nov. 4, 7:30 pm in the Grosvenor Theatre. Tickets $15/$12. Kay Meek is also presenting a reading of Peter Anderson’s new play, Still Life, Nov. 20, 7:30 pm. $20/$17. www.kaymeek.com
Victoria’s Belfry Theatre presents a series of online play readings: East of Berlin by Hannah Moscovitch, Nov. 4; Bluebirds by Vern Thiessen, Nov. 11; A Christmas Carol adapted by Michael Shamata, Dec. 23. All readings at 7 pm. For info and tickets www.belfry.bc.ca
Realwheels Theatre presents an online reading of Gimpy: A New Musical by Kirsten Kirsch, Nov. 25, 7 pm. Reserve your free ticket HERE.
The Arts Club’s three-show fall season is now up and running. www.artsclub.com
Ditto forThe Cultch’s online fall season. www.thecultch.com
United Players’ five-show season has begun. www.unitedplayers.com
Langley’s Theatre in the Country has begun. www.theatreinthecountry.com
The Firehall is presenting four productions, Oct.-Jan: www.firehallartscentre.ca
The Vancouver Fringe Festival presents events in Oct. and Nov. in a combination of live and virtual performances. www.vancouverfringe.com
Langara’s Studio 58 offers free performance events online only. www.studio58.ca
Pacific Theatre has announced that Kaitlin Williams will be its new Artistic Director, succeeding long-time AD Ron Reed. Congratulations to them both. Nearly all our major companies are now being run by women. It’s been a long time coming.
Green Thumb Theatre has announced the retirement of Patrick McDonald after 32 years as the company’s Artistic Director. Patrick built Green Thumb into one of the world’s best companies for young people and gave opportunities to many young Vancouver theatre artists. One of those he mentored, Rachel Aberle, will succeed Patrick as the company’s new Artistic Director. Bravos and congrats to them both.
Kathryn Shaw is the third artistic director to step down this fall. Having run Langara’s acclaimed Studio 58 theatre training program for 35 years, Kathryn gets a well-earned rest. She’ll be succeeded by Studio alumna Courtenay Dobbie. We wish them both congratulations and all the very best.
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.
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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