DECEMBER 2020 | VOLUME 198
Nov. 30-DEC. 13
LIVE THEATRE: STILL BREATHING
Congrats to Lifetime Achievers: Catherine Lough Haggquist& Alvin Sanders
Dear theatre lovers and friends,
As everyone knows by now, live theatre has been shut down along with other gatherings—officially until Dec. 3, but likely much longer in the face of scary COVID numbers. Most 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 few of these. Check our On Now and Coming Soon pages for specific information.We will continue to update listings daily as we receive information from the companies about their plans.
Our advice: stay calm and keep the faith. Theatre has survived greater calamities for 2500 years, and it will survive this one. If you can, send your favourite theatre company a much-needed holiday present: money! Buy local and stay safe.
Congratulations to Catherine Lough Haggquist and Alvin Sanders, recipients of this year’s UBCP/ACTRA Lifetime Achievement Awards. Cat received the Lorena Gale Woman of Distinction Award and Alvin the John Juliani Award of Excellence, awards named for two of our community’s very finest late actors. Besides being terrific actors, Cath and Alvin have contributed significantly to our cultural and professional lives, Cath through her Biz Books company and Alvin as Past President of UBCP. Bravo X2!!
Bouche Theatre presents an online translation workshop of the Quebec play Seeker by Marie-Claude Verdier, trans. Alexis Diamond. Dec. 6, 12 pm. www.plaything.ca; and another, in conjunction with Western Gold Theatre, The Ballad of Georges Boivin by Martin Bellemare, trans. Jack Paterson. Dec. 13, 12 pm. www.plaything.ca
Presentation House Theatre, as part of its Off the Page playreading series, presents a rehearsed reading of David King’s Comfort & Joy, Dec. 13, 2 pm. Tickets $7.50 at https://sidedooraccess.com/shows/dxUkh3WcgEFW9J9iVDyr.
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/
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 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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