AUGUST 2022 | VOLUME 218
SUMMER THEATRE KEEPS ON ROLLING -- AND GET READY FOR FALL
The Arts Club, Bard on the Beach, and Theatre Under the Stars continue their summer performances, along with the Monsoon Festival and, soon, a new touring production of Come from Away. This issue of Vancouverplays also contains the first September listings. Can summer really be that close to over?! Let’s not rush things, but do check out our On Now and Coming Soon pages for the latest offerings, and go to your favourite companies’ websites to see what you should be planning to see in the new season.
If you’re a theatre lover, theatre student, theatre historian—amateur or professional--or even just a casual reader, browse our ARCHIVES pages to see what you may already have seen, or missed, over the last two decades of Vancouver-area theatre.
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South Asian Arts Society presents the Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts at various venues.Workshop Wednesdays include Write with Preeti (ages 18+), online only, Aug. 10, 5-6:30 pm; and The Business of Art (all ages), 100 – 402 W. Pender, Aug. 17, 6-8 pm. Take free Sunday Funday Dance Lessons at the Richmond Arts Centre, 10-11 am: Bhangra dance (Ages 16+), Aug. 14; Bharatanatyam dance (Ages 7+), Aug. 21. Don’t miss the Punjabi Market, corner of Main & 49th, Aug. 28, 2-6 pm. Visual artists offer their work for sale online atthe Monsoon Marketplace, to Aug.31.For more info and registration: www.monsoonartsfest.ca. For theatre, go to our ON NOW page.
Bard on the Beach’s Special Events continue. Bard Explored: Romeo & Juliet with Paul Budra, Aug. 13, 11 am. Family Days/Relaxed Performances: Aug. 14 at 2 pm. Info and tickets at www.bardonthebeach.org.
Far from the Tree Productions presents a workshop of Joelle Wyminga’s new adaptation of Little Women. Aug. 18-20, 7:30 pm at Pacific Theatre, 1440 W. 12th Ave. Tickets $12 at https://app.ticketowl.io/YtEd7jvJwRzYfbfb/event/YtFFimu47_qz9bzu.
Perry Ehrlich’s Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance! July summer camp presents Wild Wild West Side Story, Aug. 24-25 at the Norman Rothstein Theatre. Info at www.gottasinggottadance.ca. Tickets at https://www.eventbrite.ca/d/canada--vancouver/wild-wild-west-side-story/.
Gateway Theatre is bringing back its Songs of Summer on Aug. 27. This year’s performance features DJ Miss Sparklez and the marvelous Krystle Dos Santos. Tickets and info at https://gatewaytheatre.com/upcoming-events-new.
United Players is looking for volunteers for a variety of jobs during its new season at the Jericho Arts Centre. Contact Jacynta England (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Fight With a Stick Performance has launched a new podcast: The Refrain: Getting in Sync with the World. Access it at https://www.fightwithastick.ca/in-development.
Ruby Slippers Theatre has published an essay by Arthi Chandra called “The Absence of Femme Intimacy in Vancouver Theatre.” Read it HERE.
Realwheels Theatre’s 22%: Podcasts on Disability features Rena Cohen’s interview with disability scholar Alfiya Battalova called “On the Performative Nature of Disability.” Hear it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-VDjw8lXg4&t=7s.
Richmond’s Gateway Theatre Academy is offering year-long and sessional acting and musical theatre classes for ages 6-18. https://gatewaytheatre.com/academy
Carousel Theatre for Young People is holding fall drama classes, including mini-classes for ages 3-6. https://www.carouseltheatre.ca/drama-school/.
Start planning your fall/winter theatre-going. Companies that have announced their 2022/23 seasons include the Arts Club, Cultch, Pacific Theatre, Firehall, Carousel, United Players, Western Gold Theatre, Kay Meek Cultural Centre, Evergreen Cultural Centre, Studio 58, and Surrey Civic Theatres. Check out their websites for details.
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