january 2019 | volume 175
A HAPPY THEATRICAL NEW YEAR
The new year on local stages kicks off in earnest this week. Only some TheatreSports shows at Granville Island’s Improv Centre carry over from 2018. Everything else starts afresh.
Opening this week: Circle Game: Reimagining the Music of Joni Mitchell in a remount at the Firehall, Electric Company’s The Full Light of Day at the Playhouse, The Odd Couple (female version) at Coquitlam’s Evergreen Centre, Unscriptured: Expanded Edition at the Havana. The Arts Club’s Blind Date on tour moves to North Vancouver and Surrey.
Jan. 14-20: The Cultch presents Dakh Daughters from Ukraine at the York and Mrs. Krishnan’s Party from New Zealand at the Culture Lab, the PuSh Festival’s Corazón del Espantapájaros (Heart of the Scarecrow) from Guatemala opens at SFU Woodward’s, and Ensemble Theatre’s A Prayer for Owen Meany gets a remount at Pacific Theatre.
Murder on Reserve opens at Metro Theatre, The Illusionists – Live from Broadway promises theatrical magic at the Queen E., Lion in the Streets opens at UBC, The Open House at the Havana, and Half Life at the Langley Playhouse.
Go to vancouverplays.com/whats-on.shtml for previews and reviews. Look for our BUY TICKETS buttons to buy tickets. To see the busy lineup of plays through Feb. 20, visit vancouverplays.com/coming-soon.shtml.
Monster Theatre has revealed the seven companies that will compete in this year’s Theatre Under the Gun 48-Hour Play Creation Competition, Feb. 9 at Performance Works: http://www.monstertheatre.com/2018/12/announcing-theatre-under-the-gun-2019-companies/. Woo hoo!
Congratulations to Andrea Loewen, who starts the new year with a new job, moving from Pacific Theatre to become Managing Director at North Vancouver’s Presentation House Theatre.
Jan. 7 is the last day to submit your 10-minute play to SpeakEasy Theatre’s Pull Fest, Mar 27-30 at the Havana Theatre. www.pullfestival.ca
United Players is holding auditions Jan. 7, 11 & 12 for Jerusalem, to be directed in June by Kathleen Duborg. http://www.unitedplayers.com/Pages/Auditions.html
United Players is also looking for a Front of House Volunteer Coordinator to be paid an honorarium of $650 per show. Send resume and cover letter to Fran Burnside at email@example.com. www.unitedplayers.com
Carousel Theatre for Young People is auditioning teens 13-18 for its 2019 Teen Shakespeare Program play, The Winter’s Tale. Jan. 26, 12-4 pm at Carousel Theatre on Granville Island. www.carouseltheatre.ca or firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Theatre Replacement invites applications for its New Aesthetics Performance Intensive in July 2019. Applicants must have at least 5 years professional experience. Deadline: Feb. 15. Info and application at http://theatrereplacement.org.
Ruby Slippers Theatre invites submissions for Advance Theatre Festival: 2019, staged readings of new plays by diverse women. Send play synopsis, brief bio and maximum 10-page script excerpt to email@example.com by Feb. 15. Priority will be given to diversity. www.rubyslippers.ca
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